Wednesday, June 22, 2011
EVERYBODY WAS KUNG FU FIGHTING ... NOT.
DSTRYR/SG has always prided itself on discussing ALL things grappling. We just love it, and since the site’s inception, we’ve prided ourselves on our broad coverage of the grappling arts, being inclusive and respectful of any martial systems that incorporate people hugging each other and rolling around on the ground together. We’re into that sort of thing. We also respect anyone who likes it too. We’re “fair and balanced,” just like the Fox News Network.
But recently we realized we’ve focused our articles on just a few styles such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Sambo, Catch As Catch Can and Wrestling. However, we know there are MANY more grappling systems in the world, and we’re not too big to realize we don’t much about them. For example, during DSTRYRsg’s history, we’ve ignored the grappling art of the world’s most populous nation. I’m of course talking about China and its grappling art of Shuai Jiao.
Literally meaning, “to throw to the ground through wrestling,” Shuai Jiao is a big martial art from a big country and is as diverse as the people in that world superpower. Different styles of Shuai Jiao include, Beijing, Tianjin, Baoding, Shanxi and Mongolian. Each style uses different rules and focuses on different techniques.
And we don’t know any of them.
Shuai Jiao just isn’t very popular in this hemisphere, and one big reason is that there is nowhere to learn it. Judo dojos, high school wrestling programs and the proliferation of BJJ schools has made the spread of these grappling arts sure and steady in North America, but I can’t think of many places I could go to learn the Xinjiang style of Chinese fast wrestling. It just doesn’t happen, at least not right now.
Until Youtube, the Dictator had never even seen Shuai Jiao. It was one of those mystical martial arts like 52 Hand Blocks or Jailhouse Rock -- a myth that people only heard about. But now, thanks to internet video in the modern era, we can enjoy Shuai Jiao in all its grappling glory. As I’ve mentioned several times already, I know nothing about this art, but it’s like Judo with a short sleeve jacket.
I noticed in this video and the Shuai Jiao competition videos I’ve seen online that the competitors don’t tie up for a long time before executing a throw. That’s very intriguing and makes me want to give Shuai Jiao a try because it might help me for BJJ competition. Most BJJ matches go to the ground fast and players don’t spend a lot of time with grip fighting on the feet. Shuai Jiao might give the BJJ player an edge.
Check out this video and decide for yourself if Shuai Jiao is something you might be interested in too. Just turn down the sound before watching this Youtube treat, though. The mysterious, inscrutable Oriental music reminds me of the old “Kung Fu” TV show, and not in a good way. Everybody was NOT Kung Fu fighting.