Sunday, April 5, 2015

Two Works by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

I was just reminded of one of the most valuable books I have. Of course I can’t find my copy right now. It was the 1984 edition of Advanced Tai Chi 2 by Dr. Yang Jwing- Ming. At a time kata applications were first being discussed in the magazines as ‘bunkai’  he showed how each of the major techniques of tai chi could be applied. And going from memory the structure he used was this. Each movement was shown as working in 3 different ways;


Downing the Opponent

Chin Na

Cavity Strikes


 I have seen others adopt this analysis with changes such as dividing sub-characteristics into separate divisions. Such as turning the 3 methods into 5 methods,


Downing the Opponent meaning using the technique as a takedown of throwing technique.


Chin Na controlling techniques which could also project the attacker.


Cavity Strikes or where the technique strikes into the body for effect.


Taken  together a useful way to analyze motions from form.


It certainly in not the only way to do this, but it is interesting. It sure helped me understand what a logic of application could be.

The lesson about time you keep learning, is how often what was old is new again. Martial literature, which in most cases is a form of vanity press (one time publicational) even that which is provoking at the time of publication, dosen’t reach the new audience unless we share it exists from time to time.
Specifically the writings of Dr. Yang Jwing- Ming, sharing both his arts and other works from Chinese Martial writings,which were very thought provoking when initially published, are now often overlooked.
But when published they were at the front of the wavefront of what was happening.
For myself, from my beginning kata application was not a concern with karate. I later studied yang tai chi and various Chinese forms, more for knowledge that martial use, of course some of it came along with the rest. But I was not ready for that knowledge then.
At a later date, when Advanced Tai Chi 2 was published, a friend who was then teaching me his families form of ‘bunkai’ and some Indonesian tjimande, remarked that this publication could be what was in his tjimande.
My tai chi instructor certainly knew what the tai chi and Northern forms I had studied could do, but it wasn’t what I wanted then.
 I first took Dr. Yang’s book, random ally opened a page and tried to use it. It worked. The Chinese forms just to be a more knowledgeable judge. Tai Chi was just to do tai chi. And that is what I got.So I turned to another page at random, That one worked too. I discovered I could use all of it. And I had not studied that.
In the long run it was more than just what I could do. It provided me a framework which I have used for application studies ever since, Now 3 decades later.

Comprehensive Applications of SHAOLIN CHIN NA

          By Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming


This exhaustive work explains how Chinese Chin Na works. Written in 1995 as well as a series of videos and subsequent works on the topic.


Dr. Yang, IMO , used his engineering background and applies it to topic structuring Chin Na to provide specific development of the topic. Chin Na (Qin Na) is found in most Chinese systems in one way or another. While one work will never address every version, this work goes a long way to look at the topic.


At a major level he addresses the use of Chin Na against various attacks:


          Against Barehand Attacks

          Against Blocking

          Against Kicking

          Against Knife Attacks

          Against Grabbing

          Offensive Qin Na Techniques


More specifically against grabbing]


          Wrist Grabbing

          Arm Grabbing   

          Shoulder Grabbing

          Chest and Rear Back Grabbing

          Neck Grabbing

          Belt Grabbing


Hair Grabbing



There were also videos showing the techniques.  They are most useful used with the book,  Each assists the other, if you cannot train directly with Dr. Yang. Today searching YouTube most of these can be found there.


Of course these can be useful companions for skill building to accompany karate application studies. There is no question to gain all of these skills requires much time. Which few will take the time to do.


However as individual technique studies building skills to use is where this work becomes most valuable for most of us. There is required skill building and that takes time.


 It is also important to realize they can be very painful and dangerous for your training partner. Using slow speed to build control, and soft application of these techniques will prevent injury.


When my wife took Dr. Yang’s course some of the members of the clinic would not listen to Dr. Yang’s advice and always went full speed and power. They continually injured each other.


It time you will appreciate that some of them are answers for how to apply some of your kata techniques. But the human body only is designed to work in certain ways.


Other systems developed similar techniques. Such as Ju Jitsu,


As for any body of knowledge

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