Qínná 擒拿, Die 跌, Dǎ 打, Zhì 擲 – Part 2

Qínná is quite common in Chinese martial arts, so it is not only found in Tàijíquán 太極拳. There are a lot of Qínná techniques found in Shuāijiāo 摔跤 – Chinese Wrestling, which is very common in northern China, particular in Mongolian Wrestling which has a lot of Qínná and Die 跌 – Falling and Zhì 擲 – Throwing skills. Also the Eagle, Tiger Style of Kung Fu we can see a lot Qinna techniques as well.  Qínná is grabbing someone’s joints and turning them in a way that they are not supposed to go. This causes pain and in worse situations it can break or dislocate the joint. The areas are attacked like the elbows, fingers, neck, knees, ankles, wrists, etc. Basically all the joints in the body can be attacked with Qínná, but we will usually use the target the ones that are easier to contact first, like the fingers, wrists and elbows, which we can grab and twist. Qín擒 means grab, and Ná拿 means to take away, so it means when we catch something we take it away. In fighting this means that when we catch hold of part of our opponent, we control that part. When we grab hold of the opponent, we move that part of their body causing the rest of their body to go with it. So the best catch, will control and move them so that they lose the fight.

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