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.
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
Movements in Mian Quan
are spread but steady. The basic actions of the body, hands and feet are
similar to those of Chang Chuan or Long Fist Boxing. The only difference is
that a Mian Quan practitioner execute his techniques with a relax body.
In form practice, movements are fully extended but steady, flexible, and
continuous. The main characteristic of Mian Quan is to gain an advantage
over the enemy by attacking only after the opponent has attacked. It bases
its movements mainly on defense and launch attacks only after a defensive
In combat, practitioners of Mian Quan use charging and hard techniques for
attacks. Retreating with soft and suppleness techniques is used for defense.
Because of its comfortable actions and its practicability, Mian Quan is a
popular style of Kung Fu, especially for Wushu practitioners.