Mulan Quan: Tai Chi for Women

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 01, 2007

While there are numerous tai chi styles, only one is designed exclusively for women. Mulan quan (or chuan) is a modern form of tai chi created for women by a female tai chi master, Sifu Mei Fing Ying. Literally translated, mulan quan means “wooden orchid fist”; the style, however, is named after Hua Mulan, a brave young woman who took her aging father’s place in battle. (Disney’s animated Mulan movies popularized her legendary story.)

The mulan style of tai chi includes a basic short form, a long form, a sword style and a fan style. The practice is designed to bring out a woman’s grace, power and confidence. Owing to the limited number of teachers around the world, this style is not practiced widely.

To learn more about mulan quan, go to www. worldtaichiday.org.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in L...