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The Eight Ba Gua Rolling Hands Exercises: Part 2

Ba Gua Rolling Hands Exercises (Rou Shou) are the Ba Gua Zhang equivalent of Tai Ji Quan’s Pushing Hands. The second of the Liang Style Ba Gua Eight Rolling Hands Exercises: Double Joining Palm.

Excerpted from Compendium of Ba Gua Zhang Art by Guo Gu Min, Edited by Zang Xue Fan. Jilin Science and Technology Publishers.

2. Double Joining Palm

Movement 1: Both A (White Pants) and B (Grey Pants) walk forward with the right foot. At the same time, they extend their right palms forward to touch the lateral side of the wrist, protecting the chest with the left palm by flexing the arm, looking at each other. (Fig. 13)

Main Points: Drop the shoulders, sink the elbows, relax the whole body and shift the weight on the posterior leg.

Movement 2: A rotates the right wrist inward and presses B’s right wrist by extending  the arm and pressing with the palm downward. B rotates the right wrist outward, extending the arm with the palm upward, to uphold A’s pressing wrist. For both A and B, the palm  is slightly lower than the shoulder. Do not move the left palm. Look at the right palm. (Fig. 14)

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Main Points: The force in the wrists of both A and B should be identical during the practice.

Movement 3: B rotates the right wrist inward and presses A’s right wrist by extending the arm and pressing with the palm downward. A rotates the right wrist outward extending the arm, with the palm upward, to uphold B’s pressing wrist. For both A and B, the palm  is slightly lower than the shoulder. Do not move the left palm. Look at the right palm. Do not move the left palm. Look at the right palm. (Fig. 15)

Main Points: As same as in Movement 2.

Movement 4: Both A and B press and uphold the right wrist repeatedly till they change sides. At the same time, one walks backward with the right foot and the other walks forward with the left foot, simultaneously extending the left palms to pierce and touch on the lateral sides of the two wrists. Both sides flex the arm and protect the chest with the right palm and look at each other. (Fig. 16)

Main Points: Drop the shoulder, sink the elbow and shift the weight on the posterior leg.

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Movement 5: A rotates the left wrist inward and presses B’s left wrist by extending the arm and pressing with the palm downward. B rotates the left wrist outward, extending the arm with the palm upward to uphold A’s pressing wrist. For both A and B, the palm is slightly lower than the shoulder. Do not move the right palm. Look at the left palm. (Fig. 17)

Main Points: As same as Movement 2

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Movement 6:. B rotates the left wrist inward and presses A’s left wrist by extending the arm, and pressing with the palm downward. A rotates the left wrist outward, extending the arm with the palm upward to uphold B’s pressing wrist. For both A and B, the palm is slightly lower than the shoulder. Do not move the left palm. Look at the left palm. (Fig. 18)

Main Points: As same as Movement 2.

Movement 7: Finishing  Form:  Both A and B practice the pressing and upholding movements in the left and right forms in alternation until they finish the form. Then at the same time, they walk back with the left foot, with the two palms dropping naturally along the side of the body, and look at each other. (Fig. 19)

Main Points: Drop the shoulder, sink the low back, relax the whole body and maintain a smooth respiration.

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