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Changquan

Long Shadow Boxing

            Many styles have that name as it can refers to a long form (more than 50 techniques), a long range form (strategy based on long range fighting) or a long history (like that style supposedly created by Emperor Taizu 927-976). Also there is a modern creation of the Nanjing National Arts institute with that name, it is mainly a compilation of many northern styles or forms (Tantui, Lianbu, Bengbu, Gongli, ...) and is sometimes even called BeiShaolin quan or Shaolin quan!

And there is a compilation of Moslem styles (Cha quan, Hua quan, Pao quan and Hong Quan) made in 1956 and which became very popular, from this Chang quan a "modern wushu demonstration style" has been created, with very low stances, very long techniques and pretty acrobatic motions. Very beautiful but quite unrealistic in applications.

Changquan is an external style that combines the elements of chaquan, huaquan and hongquan. Changquan is characterized by flexible, quick, powerful, fully extended movements. Footwork and leg techniques are emphasized, as well as jumping, leaping and acrobatic movements.

The techniques are executed within a wide range, requiring quick speed and tremendous physical exertion. Constant practice of changquan results in improved functions of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system and central nervous system. It also improves the pliability and elasticity of the muscles and ligaments and flexibility of the joints.

Changquan is complicated in it's composition and application. Our club focuses on both the traditional and modern aspects of changquan.

What is involved in a typical class?

Our changquan classes are structured so that each individual can build a solid foundation in elementary changquan. Each class is begun with light running, followed by formal stretching and basic warm up exercises. Following warm-ups, we run through stationary and moving stance exercises which are followed by kicking drills and jumping movements. Following these drills, we practice running through particular sections of forms. We finish the class off with either conditioning exercises or application drills.

What kind of shape do I need to be in?

Changquan is very different than other martial arts. It is safe to say someone who has not been exercising regularly prior to training changquan will be feeling pain for a least the first two weeks of practice. But this is not meant to scare you off from training changquan. Learning changquan is a gradual process, but it's benefits are numerous, one of the most important being that it is fun! Changquan is very aerobic and its movements more resemble gymnastics than tae kwon do or other linear martial arts.