Duan Quan, also
known as short-style boxing,practiced primarily in the Hebei Province
Quan focuses on short and compact routines, low stances, and quick
movements. Students are taught to be highly mobile, in order to keep the
opponent disoriented and unable to attack.
today, Duan (Short) Quan (Boxing) is also known as MianZhangquan or
Mianzhang Duanda (Cotton Palm Short Strikes). It is a combat orientated
method from the Northern Hebei Province of China and is characterised by
short simple sequences/routines and skillful close and long range
approaches. The style originated in the Ming Dynasty and was developed in
the Qing Dynasty.
Duanquan is the indigenous art of Gaoyang county in Hebei province and was
practiced in the past by many families such as Yu, Zhou and Zhang in the
county. Today the skill has reached the 9th and 10th generation from the
Master that passed the skill to the Gaoyang county.
The key principles of Duanquan are found on the principles of close range
powerful strikes and that the hands and body move in unison where required.