Duck Fist (Ya Quan)
The origin of Ya Quan, or Duck Fist, is commonly attributed
to a Taoist master of the Tang Dynasty who lived on Emei Mountain
in Sichuan. The Taoist master, Liu Ya, raised ducks. It was
through his careful observation of the ducks under his care
that he became inspired to develop the style.
its unusual appearance, Duck fist is recognized as an effective
combat method. In fact, during the end of the Qing dynasty,
the most proficient fighters and professional bodyguards from
the northern province of Liaoning, master Zhang Si Sun, was
very famous for his devastating use of duck fist.
its name implies, duck fist is another form of imitative boxing.
The duck fist fighter waddles instead of walking. Yet this
strange footwork conceals devastating kicks. The arms flap
as well, which can be applied as defensive techniques similar
to the styles of Crane fist. Today, Duck fist is a style particularly
practiced in the provinces of Tianjin, Jilin, and around Tangshan.
Source: From Shaolin Temple to Bruce
Lee - 100 Kungfu Styles of the Past Millennium by Gene Ching and
Martha Burr, Kungfu Qigong Jan 2000 (C) 2000 Kungfu Qigong Magazine
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