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Drunken Boxing, also known as Drunken Fist or Drunkard's Boxing, is a traditional Chinese martial art. It is a style of Wushu that imitates a drunkard in its movements. The postures are created by momentum and weight of the body, and imitation is generally through staggering and a certain type of fluidity in the movements. Part of the idea here is to make one's movements unpredictable (because it doesn't look like any normal martial art). It is considered to be among the more difficult Wushu styles to learn, due to the need for powerful joints and fingers. Think about the kind of strength you need to be able to lie flat on your back and stand up without using anything but your toes and ankles.

Drunken Boxing techniques are based on the legend of "The Eight Drunken Immortals". Each of the techniques in the Drunken Set demonstrates an attribute of one of the Immortals. These "elements" from all eight Immortals' styles are combined to form a beautiful and effective fighting art.

It also provides an interesting-looking set of movements for a character, or makes him stand out among other more linear fighters.

Variant of the DrunkenMaster in which the character performing this combat style doesn't need to actually be drunk. Related to the story trope ConfusionFu.

Unfortunately this is often considered a good example of AwesomeButImpractical, as the style itself performs poorly in competitions.



[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Played straight by [[BadassNormal Rock Lee]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Lee is actually a good enough fighter to begin with, but Kimimaro, at the time of his fight with Lee, noted that Rock Lee a very direct, frontal attacking style of fighting, which could lead to predictability. With alcohol helping to keep his movements unpredictable combining with his freakish speed, Lee becomes a monster when using his Drunken Fist. (In ''Anime/NarutoShippudenTheMovie'', his sensei gives him a liquor bonbon and instructions only to take it in direst need.)
* Parodied in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. After Kuno has forced a whole bottle of sake down female-Ranma's throat, she begins to sway and dodge in unpredictable patterns. A teacher (whom Kuno shortly intimidates into silence) complains about underage drinking, but Genma tries to explain that it's really a form of Drunken Fist, especially when she kicks Kuno out cold... and she passes out right there, tanked out of her skull.
* Chuu from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' even incorporates alcohol into his KiAttacks, making them more powerful.
* Master Roshi uses Drunken Boxing in the original ''Manga/DragonBall''. The broadcast dub [[{{Bowdlerise}} changed this to]] "Mad Cow" style with the addition of cow-head clip art to the scene, but the DVD version left it unchanged.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* This is the preferred method of fighting a [[CombatClairvoyance psychic or precognitive]] opponent.
-->'''Iron Fist:''' ''[to Mr. X]'' You may hear my thoughts, but my Drunken Style [[ConfusionFu gives no warning]].

[[folder: Film]]
* UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung has displayed this type of kung fu in a good number of movies, especially the ''{{Film/Drunken Master}}'' series with Creator/JackieChan and the ''Last Hero In China'' series with Creator/JetLi.
** Jackie Chan revisited this style in ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'', where he played one of the Drunken Immortals.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Drunken Boxing is one of the many styles [[PowersAsPrograms uploaded into Neo's head]] during his training on the ''Nebuchadnezzar''.
* ''Film/RagingPhoenix'' is sometimes billed as "drunken ([[DanceBattler B-boy]]) muay thai vs. drunken kung fu."
* In ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', the pubcrawlers, while not martial artists in any sense of the word, get progressively better at fighting their robotic foes the more they drink, even displaying a couple of recognizable moves from Drunken Master- this should be expected given that the stunt coordinator was Brad Allen, a member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team. However, more frequently they use [[WrestlerInAllOfUs wrestling moves]].
* [[PandaingToTheAudience Panda Style, the Kung Fu style invented and used by Po]] in the ''Franchise/KungFuPanda'' franchise shares many similarities with Drunken Kung Fu, namely that it relies less on avoiding damage than on receiving it and using the momentum and, well, body-fat. It's also highly irregular and mobile, compared to other styles.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Kazu, the [=KirinRanger=] from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', used this as his fighting style. This may be one of the reasons 75% of the Dairanger footage was dropped when it came time to use it for ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' that year.
** Some SuperSentai heroes also use this in probably one episode. Examples include Remi Hoshikawa/[=FiveYellow=] from ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', Koume "Umeko" Kodou/[=DekaPink=] in ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', and Retsu Fukami/[=GekiBlue=] in ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger''
* [[Series/TinMan Glitch]][[WesternAnimation/ReBoot !]] Drunken Master!

[[folder: Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Everway}}'' supplement ''Spherewalker Sourcebook''. The combat system called The Entangling Art involves the user appearing clumsy, staggering out of the way of blows, accidentally tripping enemies and clumsily dashing weapons out of their hands. It can be used to break arms, knock down stout warriors, and even kill opponents.
* One Terrestrial Martial Art in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is called Orgiastic Fugitive Style. Basically Drunken Boxing mixed with copious amounts of narcotics and marathon sex.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In the doujin fighter game ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'', Nayuki Minase parodies this with her "sleepy boxing" technique, which looks just like drunken boxing, except she's asleep. In this case, alcohol is replaced with strawberry jam.
** Something similar also shows up in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' where it turns out King Muscle and Kid Muscle have developed an elaborate sleep-fighting technique due to sleeping in the same bed. (Uh...)
** Lei Wulong, the Jackie Chan {{Homage}} character from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' games, has Drunken style as one of his stances.
* Brad Wong from the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series of {{Fighting Game}}s. Incidentally, his only goal in the storyline seems to be a search for the ultimate beverage of legend.
* Shun Di, a regular of the ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' series since the second game, uses Drunken Boxing as his fighting style of choice. Some of his more damaging and advanced moves require Shun Di to have a certain number of drinks in him to perform.
* Chin Gentsai in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series.
* Bo Rai Cho in the ''MortalKombat'' series has drunken boxing as one of his fighting styles, and carries a flask. His name is a pun on the Spanish word "borracho", meaning "drunkard". In fact, he is canonically the inventor of the style within the universe of the game.
* The Pandaren Brewmaster of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has this as an ability that gives them a random chance to dodge and do extra damage. They probably are drunk when they do it.
** Pandaren are coming in the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion ''Mists Of Pandaria'', and bringing their brewmaster fighting style with them, they're tanks who rely on dodging and "stagger" (shrugging off instant damage in favor of taking it over time, probably because they're too drunk to feel it right away).
* Suika Ibuki, of VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s first of two {{Fighting Game}}s, is an oni that is known to have a gourd that never runs out of sake. Translation: [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl she is never sober,]] even while fighting ([[IdleAnimation while standing, she sways quite noticably]]) and it just so happens she is the [[FinalBoss final boss]].
** Later, in ''Subterranian Animism'', we meet Yuugi Hoshiguma, who carries a sake dish (filled with sake) throughout her entire fight with you (that is, the a large portion of the stage). While she's not shown drunk at all, it's implied that she and Suika were old fighting (and presumably drinking, both being oni) buddies ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic two of four particularly notorious oni]]...).
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', one of your party members has the ability to toss bottles of wine to you, allowing you to activate the Drunken Master fighting style.
** Which, although powerful, is quickly and easily outmatched by ''any'' other martial style. Drunken Master cannot be leveled up with skill points, meaning it never gets more powerful, but it's about twice as powerful as a basic martial style with no skill points. It's also very slow, and hard to control. It's mostly for RuleOfCool.
* ''VideoGame/GodHand'', with its customizable combos has several DrunkenBoxing moves. You can make Gene a drunken boxer... however, the moves are relatively impractical.
* In ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', the Russian boxer Soda Popinski was originally named VodkaDrunkenski, who used this style. [[FrothyMugsofWater His fighting style has not changed after he switched to soda.]]
* The "not actually drunk" version is sort of exemplified by the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' ability Tangled Feet. Pokémon with this ability gain a 20% boost to evasiveness when afflicted with the confusion status effect.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarPortable 2'' gives us the Ikku Hikku, a Photon Art for the knuckles weapon. At the end of the combo, the user reclines on the ground and takes a swig from a flask pulled out of HammerSpace.
* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'' there is a hero literally called the Drunken Master, who uses this technique while also being completely drunk, all the time. One of his abilities is called "Drink", which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''WWE Raw vs. Nitro'' has drunken boxing as a stance in character customization... however, there are no actual drunk boxing ''moves'' in the game, and the walk animation doesn't change... so in effect, it's possible to make a character that stumbles drunkenly while standing still... and that's about it.
* Fighting game ''Wu Tang: Taste The Pain'' has this as ODB's fighting style.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' Neo can use DrunkenBoxing as part of the fights.
* This is one of the various combat styles in ''VideoGame/OneFingerDeathPunch''. It's primarily seen in Boss Fights, rather than the Mob Round free-for-alls where it would be the most entertaining.
* In ''[[Videogame/DefJamSeries Def Jam: Fight for NY]]'', Drunken Boxing is one of the fighting styles you can learn by combining specific styles. It's also the preferred fighting style of [[Music/PublicEnemy Flava Flav]].
* {{Videogame/Absolver}} has "Stagger" as one of four stances you can use in the game, and the only one not available from the start. The stance makes your character hobble around and your defensive ability lets you stumble out of the way of attacks (or into the opponent directly) and the moves all look like you're falling over as you perform them. It can also be the most dangerous style if it's mastered. Also included are sword moves, which are just as confusing to watch as the bare-knuckle ones.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' had two scenes where Jackie used Drunken Boxing in homage to the movies. Since they couldn't mention alcohol on a kids' show, they used workarounds. The first time, he was disoriented due to the venom from a snakebite. In another example, he was suffering from "the bends" (leaving the water too quickly after a deep dive).
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' had 2 scenes in the same episode. In the earlier scene, Po practices "Dizzy Kung Fu" with Monkey. This [[ChekhovsSkill turns out to be useful later]], when [[spoiler: Scorpion tries to poison the village]], leading to the second scene, where he's intoxicated[[spoiler:, as the poison didn't outright kill anyone, and being larger than most, he could endure its effects for longer, rather than passing out immediately like everyone else]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* If you haven't guessed by now, Creator/JackieChan is a [[OldMaster Master]] of Drunken Boxing. He incorporates it into his movie choreography, giving us his entertaining performances.