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Published on Feb 5, 2007
Here is part of a practice session for the Shuangshi Shenghui - the 2 Stone Health Club - a kind of traditional fitness club that was popular in Beijing in the late Qing dynasty.
The Stone Lock, a military and shuaijiao training tool became popular among civilians as a means to keep fit. Today only Shuaijiao fighters continue this tradition.
Every year at the Spring Festival Temple Fairs across Beijing, Shuaijiao fighters would demonstate their feats of strength - including the Stone Key - as well as hold a friendly open mat for the average joe to come up on stage and try his best to throw a Shuaijiao fighter. This was always good natured entertainment for the crowds.
In this video you can see Coach Zhou (in grey) - several time Beijing Shuaijiao Champion - and his students demonstrate the Key Stone.
These movements are compound strength movements that are fun to do, especially with a partner. This Stone Lock weighs about 12kgs