Published on December 11th, 2012 | by msalt

Drunken Kung Fu

Jackie Chan played it for laughs in his breakout hit “Drunken Master” (1978) but it’s a real cultural tradition that (as you might suspect) does not involve actual drinking.

The history of Zui Quan is steeped in Daoism, going back to the 8 Taoist Immortals who — the story goes — got drunk and started fighting. This is the basis for the 8 styles of fighting depicted in Drunken Master.

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Mark Saltveit is a writer, standup comedian, skimboarder and dad based in Middlebury, Vermont. His improv show "Palindrome Fight!" will be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Aug. 5-29th 2022 at the Kilderkin Pub, 67 Canongate, at 7:30pm each night except Tuesdays.

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