Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Chin Na in Israel

Here's one for Bob over at "Striking Thoughts", who is currently enrolled in a very painful Chin na school right now...

We know that Israel is the home of the ultimately practical "Krav Maga" self-defense system, but it looks like there's a few good Internal artists there also!
"In this clip, Efi Dinar, from the Nanking Tai Chi School of martial arts in Israel, demonstrates only a few of the various techniques taught in the ancient art of Chin Na".
-- I love the concepts and movement. Notice about half-way through when the "attacker" spins out of the shoulder/elbow lock, the instructor demonstrates several ways to salvage the technique for a takedown.
My only criticizm would be that these techniques are pretty hard to set up against a resisting opponent, unless you have a set-up strike first.
While stylisticly different, you see here many techniques that would also be found in Aikido and traditional Jujitsu.


BSM said...

Great find!

Note that they are going at demonstration speed...

Also note that at least at the school I'm training at they EMPHASIZE over and over that if Chin Na is not executed with speed and skill the attackee may sense and counter. Counter may mean a fist in your face or your butt wrapped up on the ground.

They also PREACH having a back-up. Naturally the back-up is to punch, kick, or grapple.

That all having been noted, I'm realizing that Chin Na has a higher learning curve (at least a pure Chin Na class). A lot of it requires fine motor skills as opposed to big movement, simple, gross motor skills.

So it definitely takes more time to learn and I would not recommend it as your sole art. If you know how to punch, kick, or grapple there's a ton of stuff it can add to your skill set.

I REALLY am enjoying it despite the pain.


Dojo Rat said...

My thought is that if it was at full speed, nobody could see the technique on video, and-- someone might get hurt...

BSM said...

Yes - The hurt part is correct too.

A few of use with other backgrounds try to do a certain technique (usually the ones we are getting good at) at speed. When we do this we get corrected. Apparently my instructors have had folks get hurt over the years. So you are correct.