Chin Na

In addition to grabbing techniques implied by the name, the art of Chin Na also includes techniques that utilize pressing and striking. Generally speaking, grabbing Chin Na is more fundamental, while pressing and striking techniques are more advanced. Grabbing Chin Na techniques control and lock the opponent’s joints or muscles/tendons so he cannot move, thus neutralizing his fighting ability. Pressing Chin Na techniques are used to numb the opponent’s limbs, to cause him to lose consciousness or even to kill him. Pressing Chin Na is usually applied to the Qi cavities to affect the Qi circulation to the organs or the brain. Pressing techniques are also frequently used on nerve endings to cause extreme pain and unconsciousness. Chin Na striking techniques are applied to vital points, and can be very deadly. Cavities on the Qi channels can be attacked, or certain vital areas struck to rupture arteries. All of these techniques serve to ‘seize and control’ the opponent.



The fundamental techniques can be learnt by any martial artist or even by someone without any martial arts experience. These fundamental techniques can easily be adapted and incorporated into any martial style such as Judo, Wrestling, Karate or Tae Kwon Do to increase the range of responses. Once a person has mastered all these fundamental techniques, he can continue to study advanced Chin Na, which is so deep that it takes more than 20 years to learn, practice, and master. It is knowledge without end or limit. When Chin Na reaches an advanced level, the application of Qi and Jin becomes very difficult to understand. Without oral instruction from a qualified master, it is almost impossible to learn or master. When you have reached this level, you have reached the level which is beyond what a book can describe. It is learnt from sensing, feeling and inspiration.



YMAA White Crane Fighting Style

The White Crane fighting style is a short range fighting style. The practitioner sticks to his opponents upper limbs, restricting their ability to strike; always looking for an openings to unleash their deadly fists!

Our Master Yang started his Kung fu training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane Master Cheng Gin-Gsao (Pictured here.)


Master Cheng lived like a hermit on Gu Qi Feng mountain in Master Yang’s hometown and when Yang finished school he would make the journey up the mountain to learn Kung Fu. Master Cheng originally learnt Taizuquan from his grandfather when he was a child and at the age of fifteen he learnt White Crane from Master Jin Shao-Feng whom he followed for twenty three years until Master Jin’s death.

 So what is the origin of the White Crane Fighting Style? It is written in the book ‘Historical Record of the Shaolin Temple’ that during the Song Dynasty (960-1278 A.D) a shaolin monk named Qiu Yue Chan Shi compiled the techniques of the five shape fist and wrote a book ‘The Essence of the Five Shape Fists’. The five fist shapes are made up of the following animals: Dragon, Tiger, Panther, Snake & Crane. The essence of the crane’s key training points are translated as follows:

1557216_orig‘Condense the essence (Jing) & concentrate the spirit. Soothe the arms and transport the energy (Qi.) The actions should be neither too slow nor too urgent; it is appropriate to choose the proper speed. 

Master Yang has the following thoughts on this translation: ‘Jing is the essence of our body and is the most essential and refined part of our life. It is believed that the White Crane has longevity because it knows how to conserve and protect its essence. When this essence is conserved, the spirit of vitality can then be raised. When you move, the arms should be comfortable and opened, which allows the Qi to circulate smoothly. All the actions in the movement should coordinate with the timing and strategies. When it is necessary to be slow, then be slow, and when it is necessary to be fast, be fast’.