One thing I’ve noticed watching clips of Cung Le as opposed to mma fighters like Karo Parisyan or other mainly elite grappling types is that he’ll “issue” immediately. I think that’s due to sanshou/sanda rules limiting the clinch time to 2 seconds. The muay thai guys will also not futz around in a clinch. Neither does Fedor. In my limited judo experience, I waste a lot of time in a tie-up wondering what to do next. I think it’d be better to get in a mental state that says do something within 1 second. I have noticed that my better fellow students can do either.

Here is the Wikipedia section on Baguazhang master Cheng Tinghua’s grappling background:

Shuai Chiao learning in Beijing

When Cheng was still fairly young, he left his hometown and went to Beijing to apprentice with a gentleman who made eyeglasses. Intent on improving his martial arts skill, Cheng also began to study Chinese wrestling (Shuai Chiao) when he arrived in Beijing.

In the late 1800s, two wrestling styles were popular in Beijing, Manchurian/Mongolian wrestling and Pao Ting “fast style” wrestling. The Pao Ting style was quicker than the Manchurian style. As soon as the opponent came in contact with the wrestler, he would be thrown. There was not any grappling, struggling, or tussling as we see in western wrestling. This wrestling also combined punching, kicking, joint locking and point striking with its throwing techniques.

Cheng Tinghua was an avid wrestler and studied both of the popular wrestling styles when he was a young man in Beijing. He practiced hard and made a name for himself as a wrestler. He was not a big name in the martial arts world yet, however, most martial artists in Beijing knew of him and knew he was skilled at shuai chiao.

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