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Chinese grip-training tools. As the practitioner went through his empty-hand forms, he held bricks to improve his grip and the synergistic power of his body. While modern practitioners still use bricks, stone padlocks have been replaced by kettlebells, which allow for a wider range of exercises. Kettlebell training is unique in that it radically improves wrist and shoulder strength while boosting whole-body power. For a chin-na stylist, that wrist strength can mean the difference between losing control over an opponent and applying a solid submission, as well as having the strength to nullify a wrist lock.

When it comes to developing speed, a partner is ideal. If one isn't available, several types of apparatus can be used. For quick grasping, try a sealed canvas bag filled with ball bearings, pebbles or even beans. By tossing it up and catching it in different ways, you can fine-tune your ability to snatch an opponent's limb or the clothing covering it. If you have access to a partner, have him throw the bag to force you to engage your hand-eye coordination to cope with its unpredictable trajectory and speed.

Another solo training method is belt cracking. Start with a sash, a belt or even a chain, then fold it so it's roughly as long as your arm. Place one hand at each end. While practicing footwork patterns, snap the belt hard enough to make it crack. Doing so will develop your grip strength and the quick-twitch muscles you need to seize and manipulate an opponent.

Sensitivity is the final piece of the attribute puzzle. The easiest way to develop it is to practice a given technique on a partner at 50-percent power and speed. He allows you to complete the move technique, and you relax so he can effect an escape. Then he applies the same technique on you. As the two of you improve, you can add techniques to the flow. It will eventually turn into a step-by-step progression, with both sides learning responses and counters to techniques.

It's essential to avoid the urge to muscle your techniques into place. Working at reduced speed and power allows you to sense when your technique is being countered. You'll gradually develop the ability to flow seamlessly into another technique, hopefully one your opponent is not as prepared to defend against.

At the final level of sensitivity training, you execute techniques on a partner who feeds you a variety of attacks in a freestyle manner, from kicks and punches to grabs and tackles. As you progress through this exercise and the methods listed above, you'll want to revisit each one at the four situational levels. Once you've progressed through all that, you'll find that your skill at chin-na has risen significantly. >•<

About the author: Mark Cheng is a traditional Chinese-medicine physician and martial arts instructor based in West Los Angeles. For more information, visit http://www.blackbeltmag.com and click on Community, then Black Belt Authors.

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