CLENCH YOUR FISTS LIKE IN ANGER , WILL INCREASE STRENGTH – SEVENTH BROCADE
This is the seventh of eight exercises known as the Eight Pieces of Brocade or Ba Duan Jin . These Dao Yin are over 900 years old and one of my essential exercises . These are foundational exercises that prepare the body for receiving and storing energy . These are not to be confused with other moving qigong that are often practiced after the stillness portion of the training . These eight exercises balance the energy and emotions in the simplest terms . This exercise is called ” Clench your Fists like in Anger , Will Increase Strength ” is used to release heat from the Liver . The Liver is the Wood Element in Five Element Theory and is also known as ” Mother of the Tendons” . The Finger Nail is considered the tip of the Tendon and their condition can give an indication of the Tendons health . When the Nails are dry and cracking , your Tendons will be tight . This is because Liver health effects Blood health . When the Liver is calm and it’s energy is smooth , then the blood will be plentiful . When the Blood is full , the Tendons will become supple . The longer the Tendon, the more potential energy is available . When you clench the fists in this exercise, it is only the Fists that tighten. The arms and shoulders do not tighten ; like when a baby grasps your finger in their fist and uses no other strength in it’s arm or body . When the Liver is hot the eyes will burn . We glare in this exercise with wide eyes to let the heat out of the Liver because the Liver ” Opens into the Eyes ” . A person’s eyes turn Yellow when the Liver is Jaundice if you doubt a connection between the two . To start the exercise step out to the left and Hook Step into a Horse Stance . The open hands first coil down the side seams in opposition of the crown point rising to stabilize while hook stepping. Once the heel is set, turn the waist forward, drilling downward while Guiding & Guarding the open palms up to the ” Holding the Camera” position. This is the opening movement . Then exhale and slowly drop the hands and rub/embrace the belly with the arms as the hands coil into fists starting with the pinky and ending with the thumb. Inhale positivity as you put the right fist out palm downward at a 45 Degree angle . Now exhale and widen the eyes glaring angrily as you slowly ” punch” with the left and pull back with the right fist coiling the fists to change together while retaining their “palm to palm “relationship . Then inhale positivity as you draw the left fist back . This makes one cycle . Repeat this 8 times and then switch sides and repeat . Then exhale Guiding & Guarding the palms finger tips leading with the eyes to no lower than 45 Degrees below the horizon and then continue lowering and seating the palms into the gravitational centers of the feet while raising the crown point in balanced opposition . Relax and stand up . This exercise can be paired with a SHI sound . This would be like saying shit without the t. i like to use that sound/word because i can connect the sound/word to the release of anger when i say Shit with out the t . When i try to mimic a Chinese sound , i don’t have the same emotional release . That is my feeling .