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Building on the techniqual foundation laid down in the authors "Chin Na analyses" this publication moves on showing the practical aplication in a variety of different scenarios from wrist graps to knife attacks. The material may not seem Reality Based - and it is made perfectly clear in the text - that Chin Na is intended to be used in situations where it IS possible to use less than leathal force (like strikes and kicks) to subdue an attacker. Therefor i regard Chin Na to be a higher level of skill than traditional striking. This is much like the way I teach self defense to my students.... Initialy, escape and survival is of course the number one objective, but when someone has aquired a high level of competance in the survival aspect of any self persevation art, I belive it to be only natural to take into acount situations (practically and ethically) where one should alsoe atempt to reduce the amount of injuri sustained by your opponent. This may especially hold true if you work close to people to whom you have a special responsibility for like minors, mentally ill persons, the elderly, etc..... but also to the highly skilled and trained individual martial artist.
I've been studying Chinese martial arts, particularly Taijiquan and a little bit of White Crane Gongfu for about 20 years now. I've been teaching Taiji for about half that time. My first Taijiquan teacher was a student of Master Yang (Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming the author of this book) and during that time I had several opportunities to meet and train with Master Yang.
I've always been impressed with his knowledge and his ability to explain very complicated concepts very simply. If you are training in a martial art that emphasizes grappling techniques, there is not other book more comprehensive. Every method of twisting joints and bones is explored in detail. I highly recommend this as a resource for both teachers and students alike, as grappling should be a part of any successful martial arts system.
If you like this book and want more, I also highly recommend the Chin Na In Depth DVD series, also by this author. It will dynamically illustrate what you see in the pictures of this book. Both in slow-motion and in real-time. He also shows the movement with the camera zoomed in for detail work.
This book is good if want to get the git of Chin Na. Although it is rather in depth. The pics are not that great old black and white and the description of the techniques are not that good. It is hard to tell what is going on in the technique from the pics and description. If you want to learn how to perform Chin Na this is not the book for it. Some martial art books you can learn from but this is not one of them. Eventually I sold the book because the techniques are not great quality. Many of the techniques are not practical at all.
This book is very informative, for those whishing to study Chin Na, which is a Chines self defense system, similar to Japanese arts of Ai ki Jutsu and Ju Jitsu, the DVD, for this book, would also be a great aid in the study of Chin Na . But as long time student of the martial arts, it is also a good Idea to seek out a good teacher, and find some one to train with. This book and its DVD is a good start.
As a martial artist in other disciplines that use pressure points I was interested to see the applications of Chin Na to holds and how Chin Na uses pressure points. The book does not have a lot on pressure points, but there is plenty of information on holds and joint locks. The book is well written. It will take a while to learn all the applications, but I have already taken a select few and found them useful and effective.
Optimal approaches, with great photos and explanations palpable and concise, without confusing the reader, techniques useful and easy to learn for those who already have some knowledge about martial arts. Tradução
Ótimas abordagens, com ótimas fotos e explicações palpaveis e concisas, sem confundir o leitor, técnicas úteis e fáceis de aprender para aqueles que já possuem algum conhecimento sobre artes marciais.
Great book by a great author! This book breaks down each hold and position in a manner that is easy to understand and troubleshoot. A must have for anyone interested in controlling non compliant individuals with a reduced risk of injury to your subject.
Comprehensive overview of Cin Na. This book has the advantage of being organized by self defense topics, based on type of attack. As with this author's others books, it is difficult to read and is best used as a reference. The pictures in this book are not as clear as in his others. Sometimes it is difficult to determine the details of the hand positions. In any case, it's a good reference to own, perhaps best used in conjunction with the Instructor's Manual book.
US martial artists won't find much of the material in this book elsewhere. Those studying advanced judo, jujitsu or other grappling arts will find techniques that enhance basic techniques already in use. I found the sections on attacking tendons especially well done. No surprise that successful application requires significant strength in the fingers and wrists. Not recommended for beginners.