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Baguazhang Mother Palms: Wind Palm Application
Baguazhang (Pakua Chang)

The practice of Baguazhang is fundamentally organized as a collection of "Eight Palms." The basic practice of these is called the Mother Palms. These palms are then joined in a more complex set, combining both a polar and cyclical set of energies known as the "Old Eight Palms." This application example comes from the Jiang Rong Qiao Style of Baguazhang.
Essentially the palm shape for Wind is characterized as a palm (or palms) in which the edges or centers of the palms are dropped down as if "splitting like an axe." Energetically, the Wind Palm is often associated with the season of early summer, which can produce intermittent days that are suddenly filled with excess heat. Heat can be a great source of energy, but when it comes in fits and starts it can cause redness, rash, fever, shortness of breath, and a rapid pulse.
Therefore, with a balanced diet and the ample amount of hydration and movement, the Wind Palm, as well as the second palm of the Old Eight Palms, can be utilized to optimize the flow of "chi" and help calm sudden bursts of fire within.

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The wind trigram of Baguazhang appears in the fifth position of the Pre- or polar view of the Eight Trigrams. In the Post- or cyclical view, it is representative of early summer. The wind palm splits by dividing the opponent’s center, and performing a straight split. However, the split is carried forth by using the opponent’s aggression maintaining contact and exploit the weaknesses in the opponent's situation, which in this case collapses the opponent’s base when his spine is locked and twisted.
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