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Martial Arts - Drunken Style Kung Fu


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(From Ninjas & Superspies by Erick Wujcik, page 89)

The idea behind the Drunken Style of Kung Fu is purely deceptive, all the move can be performed while imitating a drunken stupor. Also called Ts'ui Pa Hsien, meaning the "Eight Drunken Fairies Form."
Encountering a master seems to be nothing more than happening across an ordinary drunk. Wobbling unsteadily, stumbling to the ground, making uncertain hand movements, and continuously singing or talking incoherently. All attacks and defenses seem to be pure accidents, with a hand outstretched at exactly the right time, a stumble to the left just in time to avoid a blow, and so forth. It is said that the greatest masters can leave their opponents completely defeated, but without a clue as to anything other than "dumb luck" being the cause.
Drunken style may be humorous, but it is also very difficult to learn. Years are spent practicing each small movement, along with the tremendous variety of foot and leg techniques. Secret schools are found only in Hong Kong and Singapore. Admission is by invitation only, and acceptance often means swearing allegiance to a particular Triad Society.

Dann's notes: While joining a Triad Society is not required for Robotech: Broadsword, years and years of dedicated training is. Drunken Style has one of the longest skill costs in Ninjas & Superspies (16 years!), but the arsenal they walk (stumble?) away with is impressive as are their acting talents to make it all look accidental.

Character Bonuses
Add 3 to M.A.
Add 1 to P.E.
Add 10 to S.D.C.

Combat skills
Attacks per Melee: 2
Escape Moves: Roll with Impact, Somersault (Appearing Accidental)
Attack Moves: Stagger (SPECIAL! Sort of a broken walk/fall into combat. A successful roll means entering combat distance and gaining initiative.) Roll, Back Flip.
Basic Defensive Moves: Dodge, Parry, Automatic Parry.
Advanced Defenses: Multiple Dodge, Automatic Dodge, Combination Parry/Attack, Disarm, Automatic Roll.
Hand Attacks: Strike (Punch), Knife Hand, Backhand, Palm Strike.
Basic Foot Attacks: Kick Attack, Tripping/Leg Hooks, Snap Kick, Crescent Kick, Backward Sweep, Reverse Turning Kick (Combination Dodge/Kick), Drop Kick (Combination Fall/Dodge/Kick).
Special Attacks: Death Blow, Body Block/Tackle, Crush/Squeeze, Pin/Incapacitate, Choke, Combination Strike/Parry, Combination Grab/Kick, Knee, Elbow, Forearm.
Holds/Locks: Arm Hold, Leg Hold, Body Hold, Neck Hold.
Weapon Katas: None.

Level Advancement Bonuses
1st - +3 to Roll with Punch, +2 to Somersault/Stagger/Roll/Back Flip, Critical Strike on Natural 19 or 20, Critical Strike from Behind.
2nd - +1 to Rear Attacks (Backward Sweep, Backhand Strike), +2 to Parry/Dodge.
3rd - +1 to Strike, Knock-Out/Stun on Natural 19 or 20.
4th - +1 to Somersault/Stagger/Roll/Back Flip, +1 to Roll with Punch.
5th - +1 Attack per Round, +1 to Parry/Dodge.
6th - Critical Strike or Knock-Out from Behind (Triple Damage).
7th - +1 to Somersault/Stagger/Roll/Back Flip, +1 to Roll with Punch.
8th - +1 to Rear Attacks (Backward Sweep, Backhand Strike), Additional Martial Art Power (House Rule: +1 to Initiative, +1 to Strike, and +1 to damage).
9th - +1 Attack per Round.
10th - +1 to Roll with Punch, +1 to Rear Attacks (Backward Sweep, Backhand Strike).
11th - +2 to Somersault/Stagger/Roll/Back Flip.
12th - +1 to Strike, Death Blow on roll of Natural 20.
13th - +1 to Roll with Punch.
14th - +1 Attack per Round.
15th - +1 to Somersault/Stagger/Roll/Back Flip, Additional Martial Art Power (House Rule: +1 to Initiative, +1 to Strike, and +1 to damage).

In this short and informative clip from Fight Science, Drunken Style Kung Fu is performed by a long-time practitioner.
Watch his feet and notice his balance and breathing. =)

In this clip from Legend of the Drunken Master, Jackie Chan's character gains power from drinking alcohol (the stronger the alcohol, the better he gets). Thankfully, Drunken Masters in my game don't really have to get drunk (but boy, can they act drunk if they want to!).

Oh, and this fellow shows some of Drunken Style Kung Fu's more practical applications.

So does Drunken Style Kung Fu (also known as Drunken Boxing) work for you? There lies some of the beauty of the martial arts - there are so many systems out there to enjoy and learn from (including the system that eventually arises from your outlook, your training, your gifts). "As you think, so shall you become." - Bruce Lee. Except I think all these guys have more than a few pints in them if you get my meaning! Especially the wonderful Jackie Chan! Ha ha! =)
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