Meihua Quan Qin Na (擒拿)



Does not exist a technique that is perfect for all situations. Keep flexible and adaptable to the situation you are finding yourself in.

Shifu Shi Yanjun

manipulate a joint lock

There are many ways to manipulate a joint lock but are hundreds of ways to apply that lock when you combine everything into technique, intent, psychology, timing, deceit, and dynamics. The art of Meihua Quan Qin Na is an ancient technique that originates from its fighting skills. Qin (擒) translates as “to seize or catch,” while Na (拿) means “to hold or control.”

Qin Na takes advantage of the weaknesses of the joints, acupoints, and vital parts of the human body. It uses the principle of leverage and the theory of meridians, using anti-joint movements and full strength to attack the opponent's weak points to produce a physiologically irresistible pain response, to capture it in one place its effect.

Qin Na Method

Qin Na includes the use of the following:
1) Separation of the muscles or tendons (分筋, Fen Jin);
2) Dislocating of the bones and joints (措骨, Cuo Gu);
3) Sealing the breath (闭气, Bi Qi);
4) Sealing the vein or artery (断脉, Duan Mai);
5) Use of pressure points (点穴, Dian Xue).

Qin Na system includes kicking the crotch, throwing the arm, carrying the wrist, small wrapping, big wrapping, holding the lamp, pulling the sheep, cross-legged, rolling the wrist, breaking the arm, and many more. The actual combat type is strong. It is integrated into the military and police fighting system in China.

Qin Na is practiced as a sport and as a form of self-defense but does not include striking or weapons. However, the techniques can be used as defensive tactics against strikes and weapons

Application in real combat

Qin Na Duilian

Apply Qin Na in an actual combat situation. It requires a lot of training to develop the ability to have an immediate natural reflex.

Attack, Defense & Characteristics

Qin Na Techniques

Qin Na techniques use grabbing, pressing, and striking. Grabbing Qin Na is the foundation technique that controls and locks the opponent’s muscles, joints, or tendons to immobilize him. Striking and pressing Qin Na are considered more advanced skills. Pressing Qin Na techniques are used to cause the opponent to lose consciousness or even to kill him. It is applied to the Bi Qi and Duan Mai to affect the Qi circulation to the organs or the brain. The pressing Qin Na techniques are applied on nerve endings to cause extreme pain and unconsciousness. Qin Na striking techniques are applied to vital points and can be deadly. The vital points are only shared with particular disciples who are trustworthy, not with the regular students.

Attack & Defense Techniques

Qin Na techniques in attack and defense classify into:

Small Circle (小圈, Xiao Quan) – techniques to control fingers and wrists;

Medium Circle (中圈, Zhong Quan) – techniques to control the elbow;

Large Circle (大圈, Da Quan) – techniques to control the elbow and shoulder with a step.

In an attack, one must control the opponent, while in defense, one must avoid the opponent’s attack and counterattack if required. 

Qin Na Training Characteristics

There are five characteristics to train in Qin Na: Strength (力, Li); Qi or Vital Energy(气, Qi) and Mental concentration (意, Yi); Jin (劲); Speed (速, Sudu); The technique (极, Ji). Qin Na practice includes physical and mental training. Physical training consists of the strength and speed of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Mental training consists of the Qi, Yi, Shen (神, spirit), feeling (Gan Jue, 感觉), and reactions (Fan Ying, 反应). When training, one should work on the power and speed of only one area and train the whole body in a coordinated manner. For best results, techniques must use the entire body.

Meihua Quan Qin Na

Health Benefits

Qin Na has extended health benefits. The techniques  “Separation of the muscles or tendons” and “Dislocating of the bones and joints” specialize in locking the joints through twisting and bending. Qin Na practiced against an opponent using twisting and turning the ligaments and tendons beyond their flexibility, leading to injury. However, practicing with a partner can be an excellent exercise to stretch the joints. The more we train our physical body, the more blood and Qi flow improve. At a high level, Qin Na includes the application of Qi (气 )(internal energy) and Jin (筋).

Strength and endurance help to increase the body’s health.

Through twisting and stretching, deep places inside the joints are stimulated,

increasing their power. It is the basic theory behind Meihua Quan practice.

Qin Na has been proven one of the best stretching methods for joints.

Separating tendons and interlocking bones uses skillful joint control to capture opponents without harming them. It is a superb skill, fully embodying the Chinese martial arts “skillful attack and softness.” The profound legal principles of these unique skills are mysterious and fully conform to modern physiology and sports mechanics and have a strictly scientific basis.
By correctly grasping the principles and rules of Meihua Quan Qin Na, deeply comprehending the essence of its changes, and exploring the deductive laws of its restraint from a scientific point of view, one surely be able to better inherit this precious heritage and promote it in the world.

Qin Na and defenses techniques are considered important in self-defense applications and law enforcement. The most common grappling techniques taught for self-defense are escaping from holds and applying pain compliance techniques. In addition, Qin Na can be trained for sport and mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions.