I saw for the first time the Drunken Boxing style in Drunken Master movie (1978) with Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tien, and Hwang Jang Lee and later on in many other kung fu movies and martial art games like Mortal Kombat, Virtua Fighter and Dead or Alive…
Is Drunken Fist a Real Fighting Style?
Charahters that fight with the Drunken Fist were, Bo Rai Cho at Mortal Kombat, Shun Di at Virtua Fighter 2 and Brad Wong at Dead or Alive.
Drunken Fist Techniques:
Drunken boxing is not a complete independent system, it is more like a developed boxing sub-system that imitates a drunkard in its movements. The main idea of Drunken Fist is to make one’s movements unpredictable and confuse their opponents.
Its essence lies in drunkenness as a stage of mind.
Where the staggening moves belie precise balance. The moves are fluid yet powerful, graceful yet lehar. Another secret of Drunken Fist is to have a clear mind while giving a drunken appearance.
Drunken Boxing Philosophy and History:
It is said that the Drunken fist (Zui Quan) was created by the Emperor Taizu of Song for the 8 drunken Immortals (A Chinese legend) or from the 8 drunken Immortals themselves. Each of the techniques is represent an attribute of one of the Immortals and combine an effective fighting style.
Like many other Chinese martial arts the Drunken Fist try to balance Ying Yang, the fabric of the world and the eight trigrams:
Qian (Heaven), Kun (Earth), Li (Fire), Kan (Water), Gen (Mountain), Dui (Lake), Zhen (Thunder) and Xun (Wind). All phenomena must be in total balance. Unfortunatly, through the years of upheaval and warfare parts of the formidable kungfu were lost and what remains is the Drunken Fist as we know today.
Epic Drunken Fighting with Jackie Chan: