About The Author

Weng Chi-hsiu (Daniel) was born in Tainan County, Taiwan Province, Republic of China, 1948. When he was in the fifth grade, because his physique was small, his father took him to a friend, Lin Liang-shou, who operated a Judo studio. Mr. Weng at that time took judo only as a sport, practicing just once in a while. As a young man he enrolled in National Taiwan Normal University as a Physical Education major. The Physical Education Department required the study of Kung Fu, Judo and Shuai Chiao....

Pulling On Weighted Pulleys

Make a triangular frame from three poles and attach a pulley at the top. Dig a hole beneath the frame, and vertical to the pulley tie a rope to a large stone. String the rope over the pulley and stand about six feet away holding an end of the rope in each hand. Standing in a horse-riding stance, pull alternately with each arm lifting the stone. There are other valuable training methods to be sure. But these few traditional methods should prove to be quite sufficient and beneficial. One who...

Basic Forms

The practice of solo forms (basic forms) is the most traditional training method for learning the fundamentals of Shuai Chiao. In earlier times students would spend two to three years perfecting one form. Strict, proper and regular practice of solo forms improve the coordination of mind, eye, hand, body, steps and balance, and develops the control necessary for every throwing technique. It also increases endurance, accuracy, speed and strength. It is said that in ancient times there were 72...

Brief History Of Shuai Chiao

Shuai Chiao (pronounced shwai-jyau) is one of the oldest Chinese martial arts. It originated more than two thousand years ago, though some commentators claim its origin as early as 2000 B.C. Although the art itself has been practiced for a Jong time, it has been known by many names. It is only as recently as 1928 that it was agreed that all Chinese would call the art Shuai Chiao. Prior to 1928 the name varied according to the dynasty or area. The central government of the Republic of China...

Acknowledgements

In writing this book, I am grateful to many friends for their assistance and encouragement. Dr. Seymour Kleinman's advice and academic guidance has been of great help. I am particularly indebted to my teacher, Master Ch'ang Tung-sheng, who helped me enter the gate of Shuai Chiao. I am also deeply grateful to my fraternity brothers in the Shuai Chiao Committee of the Society of Physical Education of Taipei in Taiwan, R.O.C. The materials I have put in this book came mainly from my previous...