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Frederick The Monk
54258.  Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:25 am Reply with quote

TOPIC: Drunken Monkeys

QUESTION: Which of these would you most like to fight -
A Wooden monkey?
A stone monkey?
A Crafty monkey?
A Standing monkey?
A Lost monkey?
A drunken monkey?

FORFEIT: Drunken Monkey - it's easy when they're pissed.

ANSWER: None - but the one I'd LEAST like to fight is the Drunken monkey - it's a particularly vicious form of kung-fu.

NOTES: The Drunken Monkey Kung Fu style is similar to Drunken Boxing. A drunken Monkey fighter uses a staggering, falling technique which puts his opponent off his guard by making him appear drunk. Drunken Monkey is the most advanced and fiercest form of Monkey Kung-Fu and the hardest to learn. It is often employed against multiple adversaries.

Monkey Kung Fu
Monkey Kung Fu is a Chinese martial art where the movements imitate monkeys or apes in fighting. Systems of monkey kung fu like Tai Shing Pek Kwar were invented by Kau Sze during the Qing dynasty. Many other, older styles of monkey kung fu exist as well, some recorded to be as old as the Song dynasty. This style includes many difficult acrobatic movements and techniques executed while tumbling along the ground or prone. The staff features prominently in its weapons training.

Monkey style owes a lot of its didactic backstory to the Buddhist tale Journey to the West and is often demonstrated in by Hong Kong martial arts movies. One of the most famous movies involving this unique art was "Drunken Monkey."

Other Forms of Monkey King Fu
The Stone Monkey Kung Fu style is a "physical" style. The practitioner trains up his body to exchange blows with the opponent - Stone Monkey uses the monkey's Iron body method. It will leave an area exposed on it's body for you to attack, so it can attack a more vital spot on your body.
The Lost Monkey Kung Fu style feigns a lot. He gives the appearance of being lost and confused to deceive the opponent into underestimating his abilities, and he retaliates when least expected. The hands and footwork change and flow from each other at will.
The Standing, or Tall Monkey Kung Fu style is a relatively conventional monkey that likes to keep an upright position and avoid tumbling around. This style is more suited for tall people. Tall monkey likes to climb body limbs to make attacks at pressure points. It is a long range style.
The crafty monkey is very deceptive, it uses different faked emotions to lure its opponent into attacking. By pretending to be scared for example it lulls the opponent into a false sense of security and waits for the opponets guard to be down, then suddenly attacks when not expected.
The Wooden Monkey Kung Fu style is a serious, angry monkey that attacks and defends with ferocity. The attitude of this monkey is more serious, and its movements are noticeably less light than the other monkeys. Wood monkey likes to grapple and bring its opponent to the ground once it brings you to the ground you're helpless

The Drunken Monkey Hyposthesis is an attempt to provide an evolutionary explanations for human problems with alcohol addiction, based on the behavior of fruit eating monkeys.

SOURCES: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_Kung_Fu
http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/drunkenmonkey.htm
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1134/is_10_113/ai_n8640726
http://www.martialinfo.com/websites/monkeykungfu/history.htm
http://www.shaolinchowka.com/shaolin-kung-fu-forms/index.html

PICTURES/ PROPS: Any threatening looking monkey for BEFORE.
Something like this for AFTER?

http://www.ecclecstacy.com/webpictures/wmonkey.jpg
or a Hong Kong Drunken Monkey poster?
EVEN BETTER - could we get a practitioner of Drunken Monkey on the show to demonstrate on Alan?

RESEARCHER: JP


Last edited by Frederick The Monk on Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:33 am; edited 2 times in total

 
Gray
54272.  Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:25 am Reply with quote

Links to Dog Kung Fu and Drunkenness too...

 
Frederick The Monk
54385.  Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:33 am Reply with quote

I wonder if we could get any footage of the 1979 movie [i]Chu long ma liu [\i] a.k.a. 'Drunken Monkey'? Or the 2002 remake.

 
Gray
54668.  Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:19 am Reply with quote

It might be worth putting my findings for 'Dog Kung Fu' into this question, in fact - or maybe using it as a link:

Dog Kung Fu (or gouquan) is used by women in the southern Fujian province of China. It was created by a nun named Wu Mei because her wanderings across country made her vlunerable to attack from bandits, and she couldn't afford a retinue.

Because she was not a strong woman, and her feet were bound, she was uncomfortable fighting standing up. Her trick, therefore, was to retreat to a place in which attackers were inexperienced - on the ground.

This style, therefore, places the practitioner on the ground, often on all fours, or on their back or sides, and allows them to perform various nasty scissor kicks to upend the attacker or get him in the family jewels.

Here is a particularly unpleasant move called "Dog Waters Tree":

 
Frederick The Monk
55517.  Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:35 am Reply with quote

And this called 'Monkey at Top of Staff' (for obvious reasons):

 
Frederick The Monk
63091.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:32 am Reply with quote

Updated 31/03/06

 

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