LFIAA Li Style (Lishi) TAI CHI’s “Eight Hand Methods Connection To The Eight Trigrams” (Lishi Taiji Ba Shou Yi Jing)

Within the study and practice of the Li Style (Lishi) TAI CHI there are Eight Hand Shapes (Ba Shou). Which are used within the movements of the Li Style TAI CHI Square Yard Form that are related to the Yi Jing Eight Trigrams, which many practitioners of the Li Style TAI CHI are not really made aware of its connections between the ancient Book of Changes (Yi Jing) and TAI CHI.

The Eight Hand Shapes (Ba Shou Fa) of the Li Style TAI CHI are as follows.

  • The Palm facing upwards is known as the Heaven Palm or Tai Yang.
  • The Palm facing downwards is known as the Earth Palm or Tai Yin.
  • The Palm facing forwards is known as the Valley Palm or Shao Yang.
  • The Palm facing inwards is known as the Mountain Palm or Shao Yin.
  • The Palm facing sidewards with the little finger edge pointing down and fingers forwards is known as the Water Palm or Zhong Yin.
  • The Palm facing sidewards with the little finger edge pointing forwards and fingers pointing upwards is known as the Fire Palm or Zhong Yang.
  • The Crane’s Beak is known as the Wind Palm or Lao Yin.
  • The Fist is known as the Thunder Palm or Lao Yang.

In the following picture is the Heaven Palm or Tai Yang Hand Shape which is used extensively throughout the Li Style (Lishi) TAI CHI Square Yard Form.

and is connected to the Heaven (Qian Gua) Trigram from the (Yi Jing) Book of Changes, which is pictured directly below. There are many other connections to the ancient Book of Changes (Yi Jing) that can be found within the practice of TAI CHI. The Eight Hand Shapes (Ba Shou Fa) are just one particular connection and insight into the philosophical connections to the Yi Jing’s Eight Trigrams.

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