SHAOLIN SEVENTY-TWO CHIN-NA TECHNIQUES

Shaolin Chin-Na

Single-Leg Lift Guitar

Revealing a Well-Known but Little-Understood Shaolin Art

Shaolin Kungfu is famous for its “Seventy Two Chin-Na Techniques”. “Chin-na” literally means “hold-grip”. It refers to a special way of fighting where by holding and gripping opponents in some specialized ways, you disable them from further action but without hurting them unnecessarily.

Chin-na is a compassionate way of fighting . Instead of injuring opponents seriously, like breaking their bones or damaging their internal organs, so that they cannot continue fighting, you put them out of action temporarily. They can seek medical help later on — not from conventional doctors as they would not know the nature of injury involved, but from kungfu masters or chi kung healers — to restore their health and normal functioning.

Chin-na; is often mistaken to be the same as holds and locks. They are quite different. When you release your holds or locks, your opponent can continue to fight, but not in “chin na”.

Traditionally, injuries from chin-na are classified into three main categories:

  1. “fun khern” or separating tendons (including meridians)
  2. “chor jit” or wronging joints
  3. “na yuit” or gripping vital points

Some masters, however, refer to five categories, adding the following two:

  1. “chit mak” or blocking meridian
  2. “pai hei” or stopping energy

In the traditional classification, “blocking meridian” and “stopping energy” can be caused by separating tendons (including meridians) or gripping vital points.

Shaolin Seventy-Two Chin-Na Techniques

Due to its long history, there are different versions of the Shaolin Seventy-Two Chin-Na Techniques. The ones I practice are as follows. The names are in Cantonese pronunciation, followed by their English translation.

Shaolin Chin-Na

Golden Cockerel Locks Throat

  1. Single Tiger Emerges from Cave
    Tan Fu Chuit Toong
  2. White Tiger Presents Claws
    Pak Fu Hein Jow
  3. Lead Horse Back to Stable
    Tai Ma Kwei Choe
  4. Golden Dragon Shoots Tongue
    Kam Loong Thow Lea
  5. Lohan Tames Tiger
    Lo Han Fok Fu
  6. Circling Hands Eagle Claws
    Wan Sau Yin Jow
  7. Single Leggedly Lift Guitar
    Hou Tze Thou Thow
  8. Beautiful Girl Turns Shuttle
    Mei Lui Kow Sar
  9. Cross-roads Hand Locks
    Sap Tze Khow Sau
  10. White Ape Grips Branch
    Pak Hou Man Chi
  11. Grand Old Man Catches Fish
    Tai Kung Tiew Yu
  12. Kwan Pheng Carries Insignia
    Kwan Pheng Pou Yein
  13. Hungry Tiger Leans against Fence
    Ngo Fu Pang Lan
  14. Pull a Tiger's Tail
    Phat Fu Mei Sei
  15. Running with a Hidden Tiger's Tail
    Chow Chong Fu Mei
  16. Hand Technique of a Balance
    Thien Pheng Sau Fatt
  17. Old Eagle Catches Snake
    Lou Yin Kham Seai
  18. Lohan Strikes Drum
    Lo Han Khaik Ku
  19. Immortal Tames Tiger
    Kam Kong Fok Fu
  20. Block the Big Boss
    Lan Kong Chit Pa
  21. Enter Sea to Catch Monster
    Yap Hoi Kham Kow
  22. Small Soldier Carries Umbrella
    Siew Ping Tham San
  23. Immortal Carries Sticks
    Sin Yein Tham Chai
  24. Nun Carries Umbrella
    See Ku Tham San
Shaolin Chin-Na

Embrace Moon in Bosom

  1. Sitting Double Lifting Palms
    Chor Seong Thok Cheong
  2. Double Dragons Subdue Monster
    Seong Loong Fok Kow
  3. Jade Girl Plucks Flower
    Yok Lui Choi Fa
  4. Bending Willow in the Wind
    Yein Foong Whet Lou
  5. Cocoon Hand Technique
    Chin See Sau Fatt
  6. Counter against Cocoon Hand
    Fan Chin See Sau
  7. Squatting to Pluck Flower
    Fok Teai Choi Fa
  8. Immortal Plays Clappers
    Kok Kow Kap Pan
  9. Golden Boy Worship Buddha
    Kam Tong Lei Fatt
  10. Squatting to Bend Lotus
    Fok Teai Ow Lin
  11. Golden Cockeral Locks Throat
    Kam Kai Sor Hou
  12. Eagle Claw Catches Dragon
    Yin Jow Kham Loong
  13. Double Dragons Carry Pearl
    Seong Loong Pou Chui
  14. Rotten Tree Exposes Roots
    Ku Shue Fan Kein
  15. Golden Thread Hangs Gould
    Kam Sin Thiew Lou
  16. Squarting to Lock Throat
    Fok Teai Sor Hou
  17. Golden Bird Grips Eye-Brow
    Kam See Phan Mei
  18. Hungry Eagle Charges at Prey
    Ngo Yin Pok Shek
  19. Old Monk Grinds Rice
    Lou Chang Mo Ma
  20. Spiritual Monkey Plucks Fruit
    Ling Hou Chak Kor
  21. Double Bows Carry Moon
    Seong Kung Pou Yuit
  22. Double Dragons Play with Water
    Seong Loong Hei Shui
  23. Reverse Showing ofBull's Tail
    Tou Seet Ngo Mei
  24. Riding a Dragon to Pull Tendons
    Khay Loong choi Keing
Shaolin Chin-Na

Cross-Road Hand Lock

  1. Two Tigers Subdue Dragon
    Yi Fu Hong Loong
  2. Fierce Tiger Crouches on Ground
    Mang Fu Fok Teai
  3. Hungry Tiger Retreatfrom Den
    Ngo Fu Thui Chow
  4. Little Devil Removes Shoes
    Siew Kwai Thuit Heur
  5. White Ape Ascends Tree
    Pak Yun Sheong Shue
  6. White Monkey Catches Boar
    Pak Hou Kham Chi
  7. Monkey Steals Plum
    Hou Tze Thou Thow
  8. Stealing Plums Under Leaves Claws
    Yip Tai Thou Thow
  9. Immortal Plucks Tomatoes
    Sin Yein Chak Kair
  10. Bail Moon from Sea Bed
    Hoi Teai Lau Yuit
  11. Catch Tiger in Mountain
    San Choong Kham Fu
  12. Under Leaf Pluck Lotus
    Yip Teai Choi Lin
  13. Near Body Tiger Claw
    Khan Sun Fu Jow
  14. Second Auntie Grips Crab
    Yi Ku Na Cham
  15. Embrace Moon in Bosom
    Whai Choong Pho Yuit
  16. Fierce Tigers Cleanses Claws
    Mang Fu Sai Jow
  17. Black Tiger Guards Door
    Hak Fu Tong Moon
  18. General Leads Horse
    Cheong Khun Tai
  19. Lohan Embraces Buddha
    Lo Han Pou Fatt
  20. Tang Soldier Keeps Guest
    Tong Ping Lau Hak
  21. Tame Tiger Listen to Winds
    Fok Fu Thean Foong
  22. Fierce Tiger Crouching at Cliff
    Mang Fu Foo Yu
  23. Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain
    Mang Fu Ha San
  24. Fierce Tiger Catches Goat
    Ngo Fu Kham Yeong

VIDEO CLIPS

During an Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course, Grandmaster Wong gave an impromptu demonstration of some of the Shaolin chin-na techniques. The following video clips capture this demonstration.

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Lohan Tames Tiger

Shaolin Chin-Na

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Single-Leggedly Lift Guitar

Shaolin Chin-Na

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Tang Soldier Keeps Guest

Shaolin Chin-Na

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Golden Cockerel Locks Throat

Shaolin Chin-Na

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Cross-Road Hand Lock

Shaolin Chin-Na

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Gold Thread Hangs Gould

Shaolin Chin-Na

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Golden Boy Worships Buddha

Shaolin Chin-Na

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NAMES OF PATTERNS, CHINESE(CANTONESE) PRONUNCIAITON, AND CHINESE CHARACTERS

Shaolin Seventy Two Chin-Na Techniques

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