Although a student may chose to specialize in Chin Na, the techniques are an integral part of the Chinese martial arts. The Chin Na system is designed to take advantage of the weaknesses inherent in the design of the human structure. These weaknesses exist independent of strength and size. Thus, a smaller, weaker person can overcome a larger, stronger foe. For this reason, virtually every style of Kung Fu includes some aspects of Chin Na.
Chin Na is interpreted as "to seize" or "to control." This attitude is embodied by the various tactics that make up the art. These include locking and manipulating the various joints; striking, grasping and sealing off the vital points of the body and separating or tearing of the tendons and ligaments, bones and muscles. These techniques are combined with kicking, grasping, throwing and holding to make up the complete art of Chin Na.
The Fire and Water Chin Na student will:
- Learn to take advantage of the weaknesses inherent in the design and makeup of the human body. This will include finger, hand and other joint manipulation, pressure point and vital area strikes, manipulation of the pneumatic nervous system, separation of bones and sinews, and the sealing of air and blood pathways.
- Learn both grappling and ground fighting skills, as well as submission techniques, throws and takedowns.
- Integrate Chin Na into sparring and fighting skills.
- Learn reversals or Anti-Chin Na.