One of China's newest martial arts, Mulan Boxing, is an elegant mix of tai chi, qigong and slow-motion dance with fans and swords.... To the graceful melodies of traditional Chinese music, they are practicing Mulan Boxing, a new exercise and sport that combines the essence of martial arts with modern aerobics, dance and gymnastics. Although Mulan Boxing is named after Hua Mulan, a legendary heroine from folklore who joined an all-male army in place of her father, it is definitely not an age-old sport.Full story
About 30 years ago, Ying Meifeng, a local enthusiastic for gymnastics and Chinese martial arts, created Mulan Boxing when she was suffering from a severe cardiovascular and lung condition. The exercise inspired by and derived from tai chi and qigong incorporates flowing poise and balance with the use of the fan and sword. Because of its elegance and feminine postures, it is particularly appropriate for women.