The Method of Chinese Wrestling

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One of the art's earliest and most complete training manuals, The Method of Chinese Wrestling explores all aspects of this ancient fighting system, including solo training, training with equipment, constructing training apparatus, application of techniques, and the rules of competition. Throwing, gripping, and falling techniques are revealed in minute detail, and in accompanying photographs, the author and his top students illustrate the methods described. Both a fascinating historical document and a practical ...
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Overview

One of the art's earliest and most complete training manuals, The Method of Chinese Wrestling explores all aspects of this ancient fighting system, including solo training, training with equipment, constructing training apparatus, application of techniques, and the rules of competition. Throwing, gripping, and falling techniques are revealed in minute detail, and in accompanying photographs, the author and his top students illustrate the methods described. Both a fascinating historical document and a practical training guide, the book is an essential reference for anyone interested in the martial arts.
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“Tim Cartmell has done a very good translation, and the forwards by other masters provide context... this book will compliment the library of any grappling enthusiast, I enjoyed it quite a bit.”
—Dojo Rat
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556436093
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 505,372
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tong Zhongyi (also known as Tong Liangchen), a Manchurian whose ancestral clan came from Shenyang in Liaoning Province, was born in 1878, the fourth year of the reign of the emperor Guangxu, in Zhili (Hebei), Cang County. His father, Tong Enrui, was a famous practitioner of the Da Liu He School in Cang County. Tong Zhongyi became an expert at Chinese Wrestling not through study with his family, but through his training with a senior student of his father, Tong Zhongyi’s older martial brother Cai Jintian. Cai Jintian was a Mongolian and was an expert at “Guan Jiao” (Mongolian Wrestling). Although Tong Zhongyi trained very hard, he had a hard time making serious improvement and would always lose matches to his older martial brother. Eventually, Tong moved to Baoding to assume the role of head martial arts instructor at the military training school. In Baoding he had the opportunity to train with other Chinese Wrestlers on a regular basis, and his skills quickly improved.

Tim Cartmell began his martial arts training with the Chinese styles, including ten years of study in China. He is an Asian Full-Contact champion, a submissions grappling champion, and a two-time Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion. Cartmell holds an eighth degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo, is a lineage holder in several Chinese Internal martial arts styles, and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has authored and translated several martial arts related books, and currently teaches martial arts at the Shen Wu Academy in the Southern California area. He can be reached through his website, www.shenwu.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Foreword 3
Foreword 5
Foreword 10
Author's Foreword 11
Brief History of the Author 15
Important Points of Study 19
History of Chinese Wrestling 21
Method of Practice 22
Part 1 Basics
Free Hand Practice: Chinese Wrestling Forms 25
Purpose of Chinese Wrestling Forms Training 25
1 Single Hook and Hang 27
2 Double Hook and Hang 32
3 Alternate Hook and Hang 34
4 Forward Closing Elbows 38
5 Left and Right Closing Elbows 41
6 High and Low Fast Movement 44
7 Left and Right Forward Advancing Kick 46
8 Kick Forward Snap Back 49
9 Forward Advance Rear Kick 52
10 Left and Right Free Palms 54
11 Lower Control Forward Advance, Turn Back and Capture 58
12 Lower Control Forward Advance, Smooth Capture and Back Turn 61
13 Stationary Body Lock 64
14 Overturning Body Lock 67
15 Front Capture Rear Reap 71
16 Straight Advance Reverse Underhook 74
17 Upper Control Forward Advance, Turn Left and Right 78
18 Upper Control Forward Advance, Extract the Leg and Lower to the Rear 81
19 Plum Flower Stance Walk 84
20 Twist Stance Walk 89
21 Leg Extraction Walk 92
22 Shoulder Movement 96
23 Sliding Leg Walk 99
24 Circling Leg Walk 102
Training with Equipment 107
Chapter 1 Braided Rope 107
Purpose of Training with the Braided Rope 107
1 Left and Right Rolling 109
2 Left and Right Kicking 112
3 Lower Control Forward Advance, Turn Back and Capture 115
Chapter 2 Small Club 119
Purpose of Training with the Small Club 119
1 High, Middle, and Low Club Twisting Exercise 120
2 Left, Right, and Center Club Twisting Exercise 126
3 Chest Pounding Exercise 133
Chapter 3 Large Club 137
Purpose of Training with the Large Club 137
1 Left and Right Club Lifting 138
2 Left and Right Club Covering 140
3 Left and Right Kicking with the Club 144
4 Lower Control Forward Advance, Turn Back and Capture 146
Chapter 4 Basket 150
Purpose of Training with the Basket 150
Basket Shaking 151
Chapter 5 Barrel 153
Purpose of Training with the Barrel 153
Barrel Rubbing 154
Part 2 Practical Applications Training
Paired Practice 157
Chapter 1 Method of Paired Throwing Practice 157
Chapter 2 Illustrated Guide to Grips on the Uniform and Body 159
Chapter 3 Rules of Engagement 161
1 Preparation 162
2 Holding the Jacket 163
3 Putting on the Jacket 164
4 Bowing 165
5 Ready Posture 166
6 Coming to Grips 167
Chapter 4 Illustrated Explanations of the Throwing Methods 168
1 Lower Control Press 168
2 Upper Control Press 170
3 Overturning the Sack 171
4 Hand Pulling 173
5 Leg Lever Whip 175
6 Leg Rolling Whip 177
7 Rowing Hook 179
8 Lifting Hook 181
9 Pressing Method 183
10 Waist Encircling 185
11 Left and Right Kicking 187
12 Arm Support and Kick 189
13 Straddle Leg Kick 191
14 Inward Kicking 193
15 Neck Rub and Trip 195
16 Leg Restraining 197
17 Lying Whip 199
18 Outward Fall 201
19 Hooking Method 203
20 Lower and Seize 205
21 Kneeling Connection 207
22 Leg Piercing Underhook 209
23 Left and Right Rolling 211
24 Arm Support Rolling 213
25 Big Connection Takedown 215
26 Wrapping Neck Connection 217
27 Hand Propping 219
28 Single Leg Propping 221
Appendix 223
Competitive Throwing 223
Fighting for Grips 225
The Method of Breaking Falls 226
Rules of Chinese Wrestling Competition 227
Uniform and Belt 227
How to Make a Uniform 229
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