Mian Quan

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Mian Quan (literally “Cotton Fist”) is a northern Chinese martial arts style which most likely originated in the province of Hebei. There is no definite given record of the creator or origin of the style. It gained fame when practiced at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany as one of the main events.

The theory for this style is that defense becomes offense and softness turns to hardness, and the practitioner’s attacks always follow after the opponent’s. Soft attacks gain the upper hand for a practitioner and sets up the opponent for a harder, more dominant array of movements.

The style is simple to use as it does not require advanced movements such as grappling, therefore only using punches and kicks. Mian Quan requires balanced posture, with the majority of the body relaxed and a short-range attack span.

Mileena of the Mortal Kombat series uses Mian Quan as a secondary fighting style in Mortal Kombat: Deception and a primary in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.