Shuai Jiao

Shuai Jiao

Shuai Jiao is one of the oldest martial arts in the world. It predates the Shaolin temple arts and was used primarily as a military art. Initially soldiers wore horned head gear to gore/butt their enemies, and this became a game/show later on. It evolved into a sport where contestants would use strikes as well as throws to win against their opponent on top of the Lei Tai.

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Today it us used predominantly as a sport that resembles modern wrestling. Also sometimes known as Mongolian Wrestling, Shuai Jiao involves catching your opponent off balance and throwing him/her to the floor. On the surface, Shuai Jiao looks very similar to Japanese Judo and Jujutsu, but it has many differences especially since it involves Chinese philosophy, strategy and warfare. In the Chinese Martial Arts, Shuai Jiao is usually practiced together with other styles to create a holistic or complete system.

 

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Fireman Carry drill

Above is a typical Shuai Jiao throw exercise. The Fireman Carry is one of the basic throws of Shuai Jiao and is found in various forms of Kung Fu.