Since 1928, Shuai Jiao was included in the Chinese national games and became a modern sporting
event. It was the first time that the wrestlers were separated into different divisions according to
their weight class in competitions. Some of the rules were modified, for example each pair of
wrestlers needed to compete three times and whom ever won two out three was the winner.
These competitions gave people from different areas of the country the chance to exchange their
skills and experience, so it was also good for development of Shuai Jiao. Unfortunately because
of civil wars and WWII, from the 1930’s to the 1940’s these competitions were always interrupted or
had very low turnouts. Due to difficulties like traveling across the war-torn country, many good
wrestlers simply had no opportunity to participate.
Beginning in the 1950’s, China entered a more stable period. Many cities and provinces organized
their own Shuai Jiao teams. The government offered total support. Shuai Jiao wrestlers had
become professional athletes. The traditional training system and the modern sport training
system became synthesized. The rules were modified to be more in line with modern sports
competition. In the 1970’s, a new generation of wrestlers brought Shuai Jiao training to another
peak in its development. However in the 1990’s, the government adopted a new sports policy that
favored Olympic events over all others. The government withdrew support from non-Olympic
events, and Shuai Jiao teams were disbanded once again. This time the decision really changed
the environment and made this skill lose popularity. Today some of the old masters still teach
students. They work hard to try to get more people to join. They have set up small clubs, but
without the professional environment, they face many difficulties, especially financial and athlete
selection. During the past three hundred years, Shuai Jiao has had two golden eras, during the
Shan Pu Ying period and between the 1950’ to the 1980’s. After its rapid decline of about twenty
years ago it has regained a little of its popularity, but still has no regained its former glory.
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