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Aug 9, 2018 | in National Geographic

Mi Zhong

Jet Li’s movie, “Fearless”, is about Huo Yuanjia, the founder of Jing Wu Hue martial arts, also known as Chin Wu.  Huo Yuanjia was the first martial artist in the history of Chinese martial arts to combine several styles into one school.   Before him, all martial artists focused on only one style in their training.  Today, we refer to this combining of several styles, as the Jia Jing Wu Spirit.  The major style in Jing Wu Hue is Mi Zhong Quan.  In this article I will talk about the basic characteristics, history and principles of Mi Zhong Quan.


 I grew up in a martial arts family and learned Mi Zhong Quan in my childhood, as part of my training.  Literally translated as “Secret Ancestor”, Mi Zhong Quan is a famous traditional art in the northern style of Shao Lin Kung Fu.  It is very popular throughout China, and because of its great influence, even in southern China, many Jing Wu associations and schools have been established.    The style itself is divided into different and complex branches, each with its own system, flavor, concept, techniques and methods.  From ancient times to the present, traditional masters accepted different parts of the Mi Zhong system.  Because it was practiced in different regions of China, Mi Zhong Quan eventually developed into several branches and styles, each with its own unique fighting characteristics.  All of the Mi Zhong Quan styles belong to the “Long Fist” category, although their frame and structure is mainly Shao Lin External Fist.  


  Mi Zhong fist fighting posture is clear, precise, smooth, freely open, firmly rooted and grounded, characterized by strong and heavy punching.  Although appearing to be gentle and light overall, it has sudden, rapid attacks and shooting fists.  It seems to be in a straight direction, but actually goes to eight different directions.  The foot and handwork respond to each other.  Retreating and other actions create a series of attacking and defending forms inherent in this style, as this Quan form changes unexpectedly and surprisingly with jumping feet, lightning dodges, with solid and fixed stances...