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Thursday, January 14, 2016

No Holds Barred: Qin Yunquan on Body Image, Women's Self-Defense, and Catch Wrestling 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with martial artist and catch wrestler Qin Yunquan.

She is an instructor for women's and children's self-defense at the Kapap Academy Singapore.

She has also just been invited to join the new Singapore-based body image movement, Rock The Naked Truth.

We spoke with her by Skype Thursday (Wednesday New York time).

Before she was involved in martial arts and combat sports, at the age of 17 she suffered from anorexia, and weighed just 37 kg (about 81 pounds). Now an active freestyle and catch wrestler as well as a self-defense instructor, we discussed her transformation and involvement with Rock the Naked Truth.

"I was invited to the Rock the Naked Truth movement," she said.

"It was started off by Cheryl Tay, who is also a former anorexic victim herself, or a patient herself. The reason why she started the movement is that she wanted to spread the awareness that people should not be ashamed of their body type. People should not be ashamed of their appearances. Just be who you are, be comfortable who you are."

She continued, "Don't be subjected to people's scrutiny. I think that's the objective of Rock the Naked Truth."

We discussed how this movement helps both men and women to get in shape, to be happy about it, and to combat low self-esteem.

Qin Yunquan's journey is also a story with many lessons for all. She went from being, in her words, a "chubby" teenager, to becoming anorexic, to straightening herself out and finding a calling in martial arts and teaching women's self-defense. She also has wrestled as part of the Singapore national wrestling team. We discussed how her academy values every martial arts system, including the Kapap unarmed combat system, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, catch wrestling, and many more.

In addition, we discussed the upcoming March 20 catch wrestling tournament in Singapore, the grappling scene there, and much more.

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