An Open Request For Assistance:
I am seeking information about this style. Does anyone have any knowledge about its history, lineage and any Masters or high level practicioners still in existance anywhere in the world?
Thank you in Advance for your consideration and help.
The December 2005 issue of Tai Chi magazine had an article on the topic by Yang Tian Gui (actually, an interview by Rose Oliver):
This is the first I've ever heard of "Cotton Fist"
Northern Style, Heibei Province. "Continuous" translation used when a style is circular and through the use of circles is able to continue motion once it is started. Western boxing is the exact opposite of this.
The "cotton fist" is popular in Shangai. Again in translation cotton refers to soft and supple limbs or energy. In china cotton was originally softened with a bent limb that had a string attached to it. It was plucked over the cotton and hence this refers as well to plucking or snapping like actions that issue forth from the center and return to the center. It uses no fixed stances and LOTS of 2 man sets.
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It seems to have a distinct southern flavour in places and utilizes lots of pushing and joint wrapping.
It is recognized in China so you may wish to investigate chinese sites on olympics and wu-shu for more info.
Hope this helps.
Thank you both for the kind courtesy of a response.
I am following both leads/suggestions.