Third Gua Young man shoulders the mountain

Continue walking. Practice this Gua by lifting the hands while keeping the fingers spread and the palms up. It should be done without tensing the shoulders. As the Ba Gua practitioner continues walking the circle counterclockwise, the elbows, leading the arms, stretch forward and toward center while there is a counterforce stretching of the back.

It is very important that over-stretching or "hunching" of the back does not occur.


Correct counterforce stretching creates the classical slight concaving of the chest, and advanced leverage potential essential for internal martial arts mastery. The photo shows a completion of the initial charging of the tan tien qi and its extension into the extremities.

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