Ditangquan Ground Prone Fist

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Ditangquan, or “ground tumbling boxing”, is a type of martial art that originated in the Shandong Province of China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Ditang Quan, also known as Ground Tumbling Boxing, originated in Shandong Province during the Song Dynasty around 1129-1279. There is no historical background as to who is the founder of this art. Some of Ditang Quan’s techniques such as tumbles, falls, and aerial acrobatics are similar to those of Drunkard Boxing and Monkey Style Kung Fu.

Attacking blows, hidden movements of tumbling, and falling are a major feature of this style. Ditang Quan experts can jump high and perform extremely difficult tricks. Tumbles and falls are usually used to confuse and mislead an opponent into a trap. Aside from the acrobatic techniques, a Ditang Quan practitioner also have a variety of kicking techniques such as high kicks, hook kicks, and sweep kicks.

Ground fighting is also a distinctive characteristic of this art. Dangerous moves and precise execution of a technique makes this style pleasing to watch. In fact, after the founding of People’s Republic of China, it was quickly added in the Wushu Competition Programs.

Ground Tumbling Chuan

Although Ditang Quan has an artistic display, it is also an excellent form of health preserving exercise. Consistent practice of this style can strengthen the functions of human bones, ligaments, muscles, and internal organs.

Ditang Quan or the ground tumbling Chuan is also called ground skill Chuan. It is said to have originated in the Southern Song Dynasty (1129-1279) and was first practised in Shandong Province from where it spread to other parts of the country. After the founding of People’s Republic of China, it was included in the martial arts competition programs.

Ditang Quan has absorbed the tumbles, falls, turns, somersaults and aerial acrobatics of the drunkard Chuan, monkey Chuan and other Chuan styles, developing into a routine of beautiful and delicate moves and actions. Ground tumbling boxers can jump high and perform extremely difficult tricks.

Attacking blows, hidden in the movements of tumbling, falling, turning and somersaulting are a major feature of this style. Tumbles and falls are used to confuse and mislead the opponent into the trap and to launch attacks. With the upper limbs, they charge, push, rake, rub, hammer, pick and upswing while they use the lower limbs to kick, stamp, swing, flick, hook, hitch, and high kick. Besides jumping, shunning, extending and retreating, ground tumbling boxers also emphasize grabbing, crushing, wrestling, wringing, turning and coiling.

During execution of the ground tumbling Chuan, dangerous moves follow in quick succession creating an exciting spectacle for viewers. At the same time the delicacy, agility and boldness of the movements is aesthetically pleasing.

However, the ground tumbling Chuan is not just an artistic display. It is a fist play with attacks and defences ingeniously mixed with difficult, delicate and beautiful actions.

It not only trains people in self-defence skills but it can also keep people fit and exercise their will power. Persistent practice can strengthen the functions of human bones, ligaments, muscles and internal organs, so preparing people to soak up the impact of outside forces and blows. It is an excellent form of health-preserving exercise.

Style: The major characteristic of this style is the ability to perform tumbles, falls, turns, somersaults and aerial acrobatics using those techniques for both offense and defense. Since the time of its origin, this martial art has spread throughout China and has been incorporated into other martial arts styles.

Examples: Examples of the varieties of Ditangquan that now exist include, among others:

  • Ground Element Boxing (地行拳);
  • Plum Blossom Ground Tumbling Boxing (地躺梅花拳);
  • Shaolin Earth Dragon Boxing (少林地龙拳);
  • Flying Dragon Ground Tumbling Boxing (飞龙地躺拳);