What is Chin Na?
Chin Na is one of the earliest forms of martial arts in the world. Chin Na is an art that is applied against an opponent’s joints in order to stun, disarm and control an assailant. It is extremely effective against opponents of all sizes and strengths and is therefore easily employed by many people who may not be as big or strong as their adversary.
Chin Na, like any other martial art, should not be used unless one’s life is in danger. The instructors here at Ethereal Arts are adamant that the art must be used responsibly, that it should not be used to provoke a fight or to be used against a family member or friends. Students are taught that they must use their training only in dire situations when the option to fight or protect themselves is made unavoidable. Knowing Chin Na is not an excuse for violence—ever.
How is Chin Na used?
In order for an attacker to do harm, they must make contact with either a push or a strike. Chin Na is used against the approaching arm or leg by first redirecting the attack and then twisting, bending or locking an opponent’s limb or various points of the body simultaneously in a way that will render the opponent trapped and unable to continue attacking. When used correctly, a Chin Na lock can be simply used as a restraint, allowing a defender to hold an attacker for a time without needing to exert excessive strength.
Who can use Chin Na?
Anyone can use Chin Na. Its unique and effective design makes it easily usable for women and men as well as children. The key to its application lays in proper manipulation of joints without using excessive strength. Once properly applied, a Chin Na hold is nearly inescapable.
Is there an age restriction to learning Chin Na?
There are no age restrictions to learning Chin Na. However, Chin Na does require self control and patience to be effective. It is therefore recommended that children should start learning the art at age six and above.
Can I watch?/Can I participate?
Parents are welcomed to sit and watch as their children learn. Private lessons can be arranged for parents and children who wish to learn together. People who are interested in taking a class but wish to view a session before signing up are also welcomed to come and watch. Each and every student can attend two free classes to get to know the school and the Sensei (Japanese term for teacher).
Why should I or my child enroll in a Chin Na class?
Studies have shown that martial arts are a great way for children and adults to exercise. Researchers have found that children who participate in a martial art do much better with their schoolwork, are actually less likely to come into conflict with bullies, and in cases where a fight can’t be avoided, their training helps them protect themselves without being labeled as a bully in turn. Chin Na is also an excellent alternative to a martial art that only emphasizes striking, especially in a time when lawsuits are so prevalent.
Can women learn Chin Na as well?
Absolutely!! We have been striving to introduce Chin Na and other martial arts to girls of all ages in the effort to teach them self confidence and skills needed in order to protect themselves in the modern world. Girls do just as well as boys in the martial arts.
Chin Na is designed so that both men and women are able to participate. We do not expect anyone to come here equipped with massive strength or amazing agility. Everyone who enters the dojo is respected and encouraged to learn. Begin anytime with a group or with private lessons. No experience is necessary. Walk-ins are always welcome even during class times.
Can I begin taking classes right away?
Yes, begin with two free trial classes and if you decide to continue then simply attend classes as before. There is no need to wait till the beginning of the month or for a “session” to begin or end. New students are integrated into the class whenever they come in.