Mízōngquán (燕青拳, also written as 迷蹤拳; literally: "Lost Track Skill") is a form of wushu derived from the style of the shaolin. According to legend, this style was created by Yan Qing, a hero from the classical Chinese novel "Outlaws of the Marsh." Mízōngquán is a main school of wushu in northern China, and features both unarmed and weapon-based forms. In Virtua Fighter games it's called Ensei-ken due Japanese literal translation.
Using unusual combination attacks and direction shifts, a mizongquan practitioner can attack from all angles and stymie even the most stalwart defense. Speed is the key, with agile movements and tricky footwork adding to the unpredictability of the art. Mízōngquán is especially deadly when it takes to the air.
This style focuses on internal energy, and strength and coordination of the legs, torso, and eyes are essential. This style has also been adapted to various forms of weapon-based combat.
Mi Zong Luo Han is an external style, with distinct internal influences. It draws on many aspects of the external northern Shaolin long-fist style, and the internal styles T'ai chi ch'uan and Pakua Chuan, which are often taught alongside it in modern times. It is characterized by deceptive hand movements, intricate footwork, varied kicks, and high leaps. The style changes very quickly when executed.
The emphasis on flexibility in northern Shaolin styles is the guiding principle of Mi Zong, and this is evident in the versatility of its attacks and the extent to which it integrates the concepts of many internal styles. An increased emphasis on mobility often comes at the price of power, but Mi Zong compensates for this by providing a means for the dynamic generation of power. Mi Zong's unique fa Jing (discharging of force) comes from the combination of the internal corkscrew power of Hsing I, Chen-style Tai Chi and the external snapping power of Shaolin long fist. The result is an efficient production of force through the dynamic motion of multiple elements of the body, the mastery of which gives a Mi Zong practitioner the capability of generating quick and flexible force from any distance.
External Links Edit
- Mízōngquán at Wikipedia.