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Ba Gua Qin Na

Qin Na (chin na) is variously translated as, “capture methods, ” “seizing and controlling, ” seizing and locking. ” Qin (擒) means to capture, catch, or seize. Na (拿) means to hold, grasp, or squeeze. Qin is like an eagle seizing prey in its talons. Na implies squeezing and controlling. Because the word na also implies seizing, some practitioners simply refer to these kinds of techniques as na fa (seizing or grasping methods). Others simply refer to qin na as joint locking, although technically qin na includes:

  • locking and controlling the joints
  • dislocating bones
  • seizing sinews (tendons and ligaments)
  • sealing the breath by closing it off directly or by attacking the tissues around the lungs causing them to contract and seize up
  • attacking cavities or points to effect meridians and or nerves
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