Since Sunday, I've run across this phrase twice, once in Chinese and once in English. Hua quan xiu tui roughly means "flowery fists and brocade (silken) legs."
Isn't that sweet? In fact, it may even sound downright poetic.
However, saying such a thing to a "serious martial artist" would be tantamount to a gauntlet being thrown at their feet. Why not just insult their mother's virtue and kick their dog?
Flowery fist and silky kicks... a great way to say something looks very pretty, but has no substance. In other words, fluff. Like the movie Wanted, or the gun kata from Equilibrium.
I'm not sure if I like the meaning of this phrase, or if I think it rather snobbish.