Mian Quan

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Mian Quan
Also known asMian Chuan, Continuous Chuan, Cotton Boxing, Soft Boxing
Country of originChina China
CreatorMong Gwa Yu
Famous practitionersLan Suzhen
Descendant artsYang Mian System
Olympic sportNo

Mian Quan (literally "Cotton Fist") is a northern Chinese martial arts style which most likely originated in the province of Hebei. There is no definite given record of the creator or origin of the style.

The theory for this style is that defense becomes offense and softness turns to hardness, and the practitioner's attacks always follow after the opponent's. Soft attacks gain the upper hand for a practitioner and sets up the opponent for a harder, more dominant array of movements. It was one of the wushu styles demonstrated at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.[1] Lan Suzhen performed a modified version of the art at the 1953 Tianjin Sports festival and it was generally well received.[2]

The style is simple to use as it does not require advanced movements such as grappling, therefore only using punches and kicks. Mian Quan requires balanced posture, with the majority of the body relaxed and a short-range attack span.

Some lineage below, I could go more however our current system is not called Mian Quan hence I only offer 2 names. Mong Gwa Yu - creator of Mian Quan. Son Fu Ai (1888-1956) - last student of Mong Gwa Yu


Mileena of the Mortal Kombat series uses Mian Quan as a secondary fighting style in Mortal Kombat: Deception and a primary in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.


  1. ^ Sensei/Renshi Nathan Chlumsky (2015). Inside Kungfu: Chinese Martial Arts Encyclopedia. Lulu.com. ISBN 1-3291-1942-8.
  2. ^ Joseph R. Svinth (2003). Martial Arts in the Modern World. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 02-7598-153-3.

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