Sunday, February 6, 2022

Shuai Jiao Training | Big Stick/Da Bang Zi 大棒子

 Shuai Jiao Training | Big Stick/Da Bang Zi 大棒子

Shuai Jiao Big Stick | 大棒子讲横 “the big stick teaches heng" 

The Da Bang Zi is one of Shuai Jiao's most useful training tools.  It teaches us how to to develop and use 'heng', which is circular, horizontal force to off balance your opponent. 

As with all training, understanding the intent and purpose of the movement helps shape our training so that it carries over into noncooperative application. 

Shuai Jiao is the oldest form of Kung Fu in China and one of the oldest forms of wrestling the world to be continuously trained and practiced.  Throughout its history it has always been used in a combative or competitive format, meaning that its techniques and training methods have been developed through real usage.  It is hard to even imagine the influence it is had on the development of Chinese Martial Arts except for the fact that is said that all forms of Kung Fu should contain throwing techniques.

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