Chin Na: basic exercises

In order to effectively learn and use Chin Na’s techniques, it is essential to fortify our body and refine the control we have on it in terms of:

  • Application
  • Resistance
  • Reaction

The psychophysical conditioning that the 6DKF requires for this set of techniques includes various types of training, in this discussion we will list the main categories.

With regard to resistance and power, the exercises are aimed at:

  • Condition all joints (wrists, arms, shoulders, etc.) in terms of flexibility, tightness, etc.
  • Study and development of Fa Jing (sudden manifestation of vibrant explosive force)
  • Increase the grip power of our hands, fingers and all the potentially involved limb’s parts (eg. the perfect grip is the one that causes pain by itself)
  • Increase solid, liquid, fluid and elastic strength (to avoid being victim of adverse action)
  • Develop the ability to easily manage mobile objects more and more heavy in an efficient (trajectories studied and “clean”), dynamic (agility and speed) and economic (in terms of effort) way

With regard to reactivity, the exercises focus on:

  • Inhibiting the work of antagonistic muscles (which restrain and slow down our movements)
  • Speed up the movements both in terms of trajectory / path, both in terms of physiological enhancement (muscles, etc.)
  • Develop a solid spatial intelligence (many techniques require almost millimeter accuracy)
  • Develop instant, secure and solid grip (with fingers, hands, legs, etc.)
  • Acquiring quick and / or instinctive appraisal skills on the change of grip and interruption of an adverse action before it has achieved its accomplishment (through the various states of the 6DKF)
  • Build a high intuitive, visual, and especially tactile sensitivity to adversary movements

About the increase of effectiveness of technical application, the exercises relate to:

  • Using advanced body mechanics (muscle chain, Dragon Motion, etc.) and deepening basic combat techniques (intercept, deviate, etc.)
  • Sequential movements timing, rooting, balancing and pefect managing of positions / directions
  • Muscle memory training through repetition in ever-more different and increasingly complex scenarios
  • Interiorization, the ability to spontaneously and instinctively practice a Chin Na in the exact time / space when the opportunity occurs and never forcibly
  • Recognizing the effectiveness of an application primarily through dialogue with the partner and later only feeling the reaction of the opponent’s organism
  • Acquire a precise knowledge of the human body (internal organs, tendons, muscles, etc.) and its mobility
  • Learn how to use combat tactics (grip change, misdirectioning, etc.) and deception (fake, provocative, directional, etc.)

It was not by chance that Chin Na was taught only after physical preparation, after the study of positions / forms / sequences and after the acquisition of the most common fighting techniques (kicks, punches, parries, etc.).

To face the Chin Na’s study in the absence of these premises inevitably leads to poor results and dangerous illusions of effectiveness. In the next articles of this series we will look in more detail about Chin Na exercises.

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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