南拳

What is it ?

The translation means Southern Boxing, all boxing originating from southern China are part of NanQuan.

The limit between Southern Style and Northern Style is the ChangJiang River (长江) or YangSi river (扬子江). Especially in the province of Guangdong (广东), Guangxi (广西), Fujian (福建) and Zhejiang (浙江).

The most known are :
-YongChunQuan (咏春 – WingChun),
-HongQuan (洪家 – HungGar),
-CaiLiFo (蔡李佛 – ChoyLeeFut)
-BaiHeQuan (白鶴拳)

Modern vs Traditional

NanQuan is not only a group of style, it is also a part of the Modern Sport named Wushu.

All the movements of the NanQuan (WuShu) come from the different styles of the South of China, especially breathing. But everything is more acrobatic and less weapons are used (NanGun – staff and NanDao – BroadSword).