Second Gua Extend energy through middle basin

Continue walking the circle. Extend power outward at middle basin (middle of the body). The arms are held in a stretched out position away from the body center.


Middle palm up position


Traditionally there are three basins in the internal martial arts, those being the lower, middle and upper.


Concentrating and then extending power outward represents a model derived from nature where a young sapling extends its leaves and reaches out to the sky to collect the radiant powers of the sun.

Proper and "internally connected" twisting of the hands and fingers as shown in photos stimulates the energy of the kidneys, the root energy for internal power training. This practice is very useful for developing "kidney yin and yang energy." The pressure created by twisting the arm and wrist with the torso in correct position opens the urinary bladder meridian in the back and the kidney meridian on the front of the body (the urinary bladder meridian couples with the kidney meridian). While performing these exercises, stretch and activate the adductor muscles (on the inside of the legs). The ascending yin meridians of the leg pass through the medial (inside aspects) of the legs. Correctly performed, the effect of this exercise can be equivalent to an acupuncture treatment to reinforce and nurture the kidneys and kidney energy. Another advantage is that through the stretching and pulling by the adductor tendons onto the pelvic region, hip flexibility is maintained or improved. This is a good treatment for certain types of lower back pain.

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