Drunken Kung Fu(Zui Quan)
Zui Quan is a one of the sub-types of Chinese Martial Arts. It literally means "Drunk Fist", as the movements and gestures of it mainly imitate that of drunkards. It is arguably one of the most interesting Chinese fighting styles while perhaps the most difficult since it requires a high level of technique and strong power of those who attempt it. Drunken Master, a film starring Jackie Chan, was made based on Zui Quan.
It is believed that Zui Quan was created based on the fighting skills of two characters from two novels from the "Four Famous Novels". Wu Song, who fought with a master of Kung Fu after being drunken and Lu Zhishen, who attacked people in a mountain whilst being rather intoxicated are the prototypes of Zui Quan. Another famous creator is a beggar called Su Qier from southern China. He led a constrained and wild life after his father's death and indulged himself in alcohol every day. Surprisingly, when he tried to combine Wu Shu with drunken feelings, he invented this distinctive art.
The postures are created by momentum and weight of the body with a certain type of fluidity in the movements. With the staggering feet and the unstable body, Zui Quan does not seem to be any relation to Kung Fu but rather a drunkard's casual and unbalanced movements. This is simply how the fighters confuse their opponents. For example, in a fight when a fighter thinks that his opponent is about to fall, that's actually when he is going to attack. When swigging a wine cup the practitioner is really practicing grabbing and striking techniques. Although you are led to believe that it is hard for them to follow your movement, their eyes keep sharp all the time. This makes the opposition extremely unpreidctable. The motto of Zui Quan is "The form and footsteps are drunk, but the meaning within and the heart is sober all the time."
To Learn Zui Quan
Being drunk does not guarantee you becoming good at Zui Quan. On the contrary, the techniques are highly acrobatic and skilled and require a great degree of balance and coordination, such that any person attempting to perform these techniques while intoxicated would be likely to injure themselves. It is deemed unsuitable for women to practice it as in traditional culture women are not to allow themselves to get drunk. In Drunken Master starring Jackie Chan, his training from his master was extremely strict.
Today, Zui Quan is becoming more and more popular among the youth. More foreigners have also become interested in it and started learning it in China.