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What is Shuai Jiao

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Shuai Jiao (摔跤 or 摔角) also spelled Shuai Chiao is the oldest and only Wrestling style taught in China up until the 1900's. Dating back to the first Chinese dynasty, the art has evolved over the years and was taught to the Imperial Chinese Army and still to Chinese Police and Military as well as Taiwanese Police and Military.

 
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Shuai Jiao focuses on the main Kung Fu principles of fighting techniques:

踢 - tī - Kicking

打 - dǎ- Striking

摔 - shuāi - Throwing

拿- ná – Seizing/Controlling

Whereas the art contains short strikes, most of the striking and kicking are a part of the actual techniques themselves as either "coercion" to help make your opponent move in the direction you want them to, or distraction to aid in your takedown.

 

The seizing/controlling (also known as joint locking) techniques consist of small joint (fingers, wrists, ankles) manipulation to big joint (elbows, shoulders, knees, neck and waist) manipulation. Like striking, the locks provide either coercion or finishing techniques that can be either done standing or on the ground. Shuai Jiao does not have as extensive of a methodology of ground fighting as other arts do (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Sambo), but still has the same concepts of the locks and escapes themselves. A Shuai Jiao practitioner's main goal is to never stay on the ground…this is a bleed from it's roots as a military style where ending up on the floor in a battle may be the difference of living or dying.

There are various methods (方法 – fāngfǎ) of Chinese Wrestling applications. Much like Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, there are many takedowns and throwing techniques (over 85 groups of throws) but the methodology of initiating them is just as complex as the actual techniques themselves.

 

The art is traditionally taught as a combat style but now has gained significant traction as a competitive sport. It compliments every fighting art and as we always say…we add to the wheel.

 

The art is traditionally taught as a combat style but now has gained significant traction as a competitive sport. It compliments every fighting art and as we always say…we add to the wheel.

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