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Stumbling, swaying, falling: China’s ‘drunken boxers’

Liu Xuliang sways menacingly as if spoiling for a fight after one too many drinks. But he is stone-cold sober and an expert in the Chinese martial art of drunken boxing.



From Wikipedia:

Drunken boxing (Chinese醉拳pinyinzuì quán) is a general name for all styles of Chinese martial arts that imitate the movements of a drunk person. It is an ancient style and its origins are mainly traced back to the Buddhist and Daoist sects. The Buddhist style is related to the Shaolin temple while the Daoist style is based on the Daoist tale of the drunken Eight Immortals. Zui quan has the most unusual body movements among all styles of Chinese martial arts. Hitting, grappling, locking, dodging, feinting, ground and aerial fighting and all other sophisticated methods of combat are incorporated.

I always loved watching this style


Of course I own the DVD of Jackie Chan's movie 'Drunken Master'

Drunken Master is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tien, and Hwang Jang Lee. The film was a success at the Hong Kong box office, earning two and a half times the amount of Chan's previous film, Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, which was also considered a successful film. It is an early example of the comedic kung fu style for which Jackie Chan became famous. The film popularised the Zui Quan (醉拳, "drunken fist") fighting movement.

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