Liu Jin Sheng. Shaolin Chin Na Fa: Art of Seizing and Grappling...

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                      Liu Jin Sheng.

Shaolin Chin Na Fa: Art of Seizing and Grappling. Instructor's Manual for Police Academy of Zhejiang Province (Shanghai, 1936)

"...If two outstanding fighters encountered in a combat, like a tiger against a tiger, the outcome of the combat depends on a measure of skill in CHIN NA".  / Shaolin Treatises on the Pugilistic Art /

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Liu Jin Sheng

"...If you are in command of this technique, you can sway the destiny of the enemy. You can kill your enemy, cause unbearable pain, tear his muscles and sinews, break his bones or make him unconscious for some time and completely disable him to resist. 

Even a woman or a physically weak man who mastered this technique can curb a strong enemy. This technique demands deftness and skill, not brute force. It is necessary to train oneself daily to make the body flexible and nimble, but "hardness" must be hidden inside this "softness."

Author Liu Jin Sheng.
The Police Academy of Zhejiang province.
1-st of May of the 24-th year of the Chinese Republic (1935).

About this book

It is recorded in Shaolin Treatises on the Pugilistic Art:

 For the first time in English! 

Liu Jin Sheng

Shaolin Chin Na Fa: Art of Seizing and Grappling. Instructor's Manual for Police Academy of Zhejiang Province (Shanghai, 1936)

The book "CHIN NA FA" was written by Liu Jin Sheng in collaboration with Zhao Jiang. The first edition of the book was issued in July of 1936 as a manual for the Police Academy of Zhejiang province. The book was printed by the publishing house Shan Wu in Shanghai.

Techniques of CHIN NA include a wide set of various movements: press and blows on vulnerable points, grappling, strangling, throws and so on. That set of movements (impacts on the enemy) allows to realize the following methods: "Separation (tearing) of muscles and sinews" (FENG JING), "Dislocating (breaking out) of bones and joints" (YU GU), "Suffocation" (BI QI) and "Impacting on points" (DIAN XUE). Also, those methods must be used skillfully, not just with brute force. Both army and police always attached great importance to this art.

The introduction to the book says: "Initially this skill had several names: FENG JING FA — "The technique of separation (breaking) of muscles and sinews"; DI TANG FA — "Methods of combat when lying on the ground"; YU GU FA — "The technique of dislocation (breaking out) of bones and joints" and CHIN NA FA — "The technique of catch and hold." At present the name CHIN NA FA has predominantly become established. Totally, there are 72 methods. The ancient manuscript calls this skill DI SHA SHOU — "Devil's Hand"

Specialists in WU SHU say there are 36 "big" and 72 "small" points on a human body. 36 positions, 72 positions and 108 positions (techniques) are also marked out in CHIN NA FA. That traditional division has been maintained till now since long time when our ancestors created the theory of CHIN NA on the basis of the conception 36 TIAN GANG and 72 DI SHI . But actually, that is only a tribute to tradition that has no great practical significance.

"The beginnings of the Shaolin art CHIN NA trace back to many centuries. Inmost GONG FU of secret methods of CHIN NA is passed down from one generation to another to attain the highest perfection in the martial art.

When you find yourself face to face with the enemy armed with a "short" weapon, fully rely upon methods of CHIN NA and your vision. Position of the enemy, his body, his face, how he stands and what he is going to do — everything must be clearly sized up. When you understand intentions of the enemy, rely upon your own force, seize an opportunity, alternate "hard" and "soft" techniques.

If two outstanding fighters encountered in a combat, like a tiger against a tiger, the outcome of the combat depends on a measure of skill in CHIN NA. He is in the process of transforming, so do I, closely following him. Blows and grips follow continuously, without a moment's respite. You see an opening and needle your way into the vulnerable spot, clear a passage and rush forward. 

If you encounter a villain, make a grip (CHIN) at first, then use the technique (FA), and you will be able to exercise a control (NA). An arm of flesh and bone can deprive even an iron man of courage. Hard to defend oneself against deft techniques, no defense against skilful finger efforts."

Shaolin Quan Shu Mi Jue (Secret Directions for Shaolin Pugilistic Art). Peking, 1915.

The author of the book, Liu Jin Sheng, was born in the province of Shandong. In his preface he writes: "In my childhood my grandfather (my mother's father) gave me an ancient manuscript book; I drilled during three years using pictures of the book and at that time I did not become aware of the true value of that book. Then I happened to learn under the guidance of the famous master of the North Wang Zi Ping as well as over twenty other great masters. I drilled in various kinds of Martial Arts during more than twenty years. With certain experience behind me, I can say that the ancient manuscript preserved by my grandfather is priceless heritage of our National Martial Art."

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Liu Jin Sheng.

Shaolin Chin Na Fa: Art of Seizing and Grappling. Instructor's Manual for Police Academy of Zhejiang Province

Original edition: Shanghai, 1936; translated from Chinese in 2005

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