Shuai Jiao – A Primer

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Shuai Jiao is one of the major disciplines of our school’s curriculum.  Simply put, Shuai Jiao is the Mandarin Chinese term for wrestling.  It is one of the oldest recorded martial arts in the world with legends of formal military practice going back to 2697 BC.  It’s underlying purpose was to throw the opponent to the ground in such a way to kill or otherwise incapacitate the opponent.  For hundreds of years, shuai jiao became one of the foundations of most of the major Chinese martial styles, although in more recent times it has become a popular sport within Northern China.  It is also likely that shuai jiao was the parent of or influencer of other asian arts that focus on grappling and wrestling techniques, such as jiu-jitsu, judo, and aikido.

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