Monkey Kung Fu

Monkey Kung Fu (Hou Quan)

Monkey Kung Fu (Hou Quan) is a Chinese martial arts that is famous for its ape-like movements and attacks. This very unorthodox and acrobatic Kung Fu style is used to disorient and attack opponents from unusual angles and positions. There are many variants of this style of Kung Fu including Angry Monkey Style (Nau Hau Kuen), Drunken Monkey, etc.

This martial arts is known for techniques such as Monkey Claw, Monkey Fist, Monkey Hook, Monkey Roll, etc. Furthermore, many other Chinese martial arts have copied elements and techniques from Monkey Kung Fu. For example, Praying Mantis Kung Fu uses footwork techniques from Monkey Kung Fu.

According to the American Shaolin Kung Fu, Monkey Kung Fu (Hou Quan) “taught in Mainland China includes running on all fours (the hands and feet), various difficult acrobatic movements such as flipping sideways in the air, front flips, back flips, back handsprings, hand stands, walking on the hands, forward lunges/dives, backward lunges, spinning on the backside, spinning on the back and many kicks and strikes”.

Elements of Kung Fu and Monkey Kung Fu

Video Demonstration of Monkey Kung Fu

Video of Monkey Kung Fu Techniques

References

  1. American Shaolin Kung Fu, Shaolin Animal Styles, http://www.americanshaolinkungfu.org/shaolinAnimalStyles.php, Added – 10/10/14

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