Chinese Fast Wrestling for Fighting: The Art of San Shou Kuai Jiao Throws, Takedowns, & Ground-Fightingby Liang Shou-Yu, Tai D. Ngo, Shou-Yu Liang
San Shou Kuai Jiao (Fast Wrestling for Fighting) is the Chinese martial art of throws and takedowns. A San Shou Kuai Jiao throw can cause tremendous damage to your opponent while keeping you safely on your feet. For centuries, fighters in China have valued this art for its speed and power. Today, China's police and military forces are trained in its
San Shou Kuai Jiao (Fast Wrestling for Fighting) is the Chinese martial art of throws and takedowns. A San Shou Kuai Jiao throw can cause tremendous damage to your opponent while keeping you safely on your feet. For centuries, fighters in China have valued this art for its speed and power. Today, China's police and military forces are trained in its techniques.Chinese Fast Wrestling for Fighting presents seventy-five throws and takedowns against punches, kicks, and grabs, and demonstrates basic training methods such as stances, footwork, and strength training. Written by a gold medal winner in Chinese wrestling (Liang), this book is a complete training guide to this powerful martial art.Throw your opponent to the ground - fast!Effective for competition and self-defense.460 action photos detail every technique.Includes a chapter on ground fighting.
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Chapter 1 General Introduction 1-1. Introduction San Shou Kuai Jiao () refers to the techniques used in free fighting to take down or throw an opponent. Because San Shou Kuai Jiao emphasizes speed, it is known as Fast Wrestling. The words San Shou () in Chinese mean free fighting, and imply the use of bare handed martial skills. Kuai Jiao () means quickly downing or throwing an opponent. Traditionally, Chinese martial arts fighting techniques are divided into four general fighting categories: Ti (), Da (), Shuai (), Na (). Ti is kicking; Da is striking; Shuai (short for Shuai Jiao, ) is wrestling; Na is Qin Na (), i.e. seizing and controlling an opponent's joints and cavities. Generally speaking, when you encounter an opponent in a fight, leg techniques are used in long ranges and hand techniques are used for short ranges. To become a well-rounded martial artist, you must be proficient in the four basic fighting skills mentioned above. In the past, San Shou competition was held on the Lei Tai (), a 24 x 24 foot platform 5 feet high. Victory was decided when an opponent was thrown off the Lei Tai or knocked to the floor. Therefore, Shuai Jiao is an important part of San Shou fighting. A martial artist without any Shuai Jiao skills would not easily survive a San Shou match. Shuai Jiao is believed to be the oldest martial art in China. Its history can be traced back thousands of years. Legend tells that Shuai Jiao already existed during the reign of the Yellow Emperor (Huang Ti, 2697 B.C.) and was used to train soldiers. Throughout Chinese history the art has been adopted by governments of different dynasties as a military training method. However, Shuai Jiao was not only used as a tool for military training, but also widely practiced among civilians. It was the civilians who perfected and popularized the art. In the Song dynasty (960-1278 A.D.), Shuai Jiao skill had reached a very high level and fast wrestling (Kuai Jiao, ) already existed and was very popular. During this period, throws became more complex, and speed and skillfulness of movement was emphasized. Technically speaking, the foundation and basic principles of San Shou Kuai Jiao are based on traditional Chinese wrestling (Chuan Tong Shuai Jiao, ) and adapted for combat training. San Shou Kuai Jiao techniques and principles are very simple, effective and-most importantly-quick. Because of its speed and effectiveness, an opponent often does not have a chance to fight back. San Shou Kuai Jiao is an art that does not rely just on muscular strength-it must be done skillfully. It always emphasizes avoiding direct impact with an enemy's power. It also emphasizes getting close to an enemy quickly and using the enemy's power against himself. Because of its effectiveness, San Shou Kuai Jiao has been trained along with all styles of Chinese martial arts for thousands of years. San Shou Kuai Jiao can cause tremendous physical damage to an opponent.
Meet the Author
Liang, Shou-Yu was born on June 28, 1943 in the city of Chongqian, Sichuan Province, China. When he was six he began his training in Qigong, the art of breathing and internal energy control, under the tutelage of his renowned grandfather, the late Liang, Zhi-Xiang. Mr. Liang was taught the esoteric skills of the Emei Mountain sect, including Da Peng Qigong. When he was eight, his grandfather made special arrangements for him to begin training Emei Wushu (martial arts).Tai D. Ngo is a two-time Internal Style U.S. Grand Champion and martial arts instructor. A student of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and Master Liang, Mr. Ngo lives in Malden, MA, and he teaches at YMAA Boston.
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The book actually goes trough a series of exercises and techniques (standing and gorund work). It'll go over some warm up exercises from leg and arm strengthening to twisting (sweeping) and falling conditioning. There are enjoyable tecniques about sweeps (Standing and kneeling) and on various leg throws. I myself, really enjoyed the actual grappling they portray torwards the end of the book. It is on a realistic level and the arm locks shown are phenomenal. In order to understand this book better, make sure you have someone you can actually train with.
Chinese fast wrestling is a great addition to any martial artists's style. it strays from the normal punch and kick style and focus's on putting your opponent to the ground, and fast. there are many effective techniques which may prove useful to blend in to that old punch and kick style you may practice. There is a good groundfighting section which could be longer though. although i guess it is good not to focus as much on groundfighting because you should never find yourself laying on the ground during a fight. my only other problem's with this book is that some of the throws may seem very similar from one to another. still they are all meant for different situations. it will take a long, and i mean a long time to memorize all the techniques so it is good to read through this book once and go back and focus on techniques you think will be useful to you. all in all a very good book and a very good way to spice up the old fighting style.