|Shuai jiao skills|
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Shuai jiao incorporates a wide range of different skills:
Combining chin na, shuai jiao & jing
Floor work (control)
Flowing shuai jiao applications
Shuai jiao against a knife
Shuai jiao: elbow & bump
Shuai jiao: footwork
Shuai jiao: throws
Shuai jiao: use of legs
No effort required
Although shuai jiao is essentially about taking the opponent to the floor, there are a multitude of options available.
Unlike conventional martial arts, there are no 'hip throws' or other strenuous methods in the syllabus. Everything must be easy, fast and flowing.
Shuai jiao is highly dependent upon footwork. Your ability to position your body relative to the attacker is of paramount importance. Speed, accuracy and balance are a given.
Clumsy, rough, brutal use of the body will not work in taijiquan shuai jiao. It will alert the attacker and they will involuntarily tense up against your counter. Stealth is required.
Shuai jiao is immensely effective and psychologically unsettling for the attacker. Hitting the floor is tiring. Getting up off the floor is tiring.
18 April 1995
Last updated 29 September 2019