Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Mike Martello On Chin Na Grappling

Mike Martello

Some of you may have seen this video before, it's one of my favorites. This is the type of grappling I like, it deals with defense from strikes, combines striking, locking sweeping, and choking. There is obviously no heavy clothing or Gi to grip, so locking the wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck is necessary. If you watch, in many of the techniques he begins with a high or low pass of the opponents arm, then works into a locking technique. Mike Martello is a very talented internal-style martial artist. He's coming to the Seattle area this fall, I hope to travel down and have an opportunity to train with him.


Wooden Dummy Central said...

how does Chin Na differ from traditional JuJitsu ? They look similar ?

Dojo Rat said...

I believe Chin na may pre-date Jujitsu, which was a Samurai art. They are very similar, but traditional Jujitsu does involve groundfighting, hence Brazilian offshoots of traditional Jujitsu.
Also, I believe Chin na uses smoother, perhaps more internal-based entries to techniques, and Jujitsu is much in the hard Japanese crash-and-bash style.
Perhaps others will have thoughts. By the way, is your website still active? if so, remind us of the link and I will post it.

superbouncykid said...

Jujitsu is a very mechanical, body movement, the strenght jujitsuka's are using are the combination of muscle strenght and hard type of ki. Internal Chin na uses a soft chi (ki), when hit by a master of soft chi, it feels like being hit by a steal bar with soft cotton wrapped around it, the pain is sharper and deeper than conventional blows. It is therefor also wellknown that internal chi power can causes internal damage of the opponent. Jujitsu techniques are very efficient for the police or army force, because it is logical and efficient for crowd control. The Chin na with the soft chi which teacher Mike Martello teaches takes a longer time to master but the power generation is much higher.

see also teacher Mike's teacher: Grandmaster Wang: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beijingkungfucamp2007/1336350396/in/set-72157601761963786/