In the practice of the Sun Style Eight Trigram Palms (Baguazhang) the animal form known as “ Bear Behind the Back Palm Form” is connected to the Mountain (Gen) Trigram and the practice of this particular animal Bagua form is beneficial for the functioning of the Kidneys, Spleen and Liver internal organs (Zangfu). it develops the individuals flexibility, coordination, balance, breathing and concentration, because of its circle walking practice it also improves and maintains the individuals fitness, stamina, health and wellbeing.
The Bear form (Xiong Shi) can be performed separately on its own, or it can be performed as part of the much larger “Swimming Body Bagua Continuous Palm Form”. What makes the Sun Style Baguazhang a popular discipline for many individuals is that it can be practiced within a small and confined space. Making it very useful for individuals who live in houses and flats that have no gardens to go outside and practice in, but they can still practice their Baguazhang in the comfort of their homes to maintain their health & wellbeing.
The Bear form is also known for its “Behind the Back Palm” which is a spiralling, coiling and twisting action of the arm that can suddenly shoot out a palm, from behind their back, while the individual is facing in the opposite direction as seen in the accompanying photo that comes with this blog. this develops flexibility within the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints to release any stiffness that may have become built up over a period of time, plus this twisting and coiling action to push the palm from behind the back will also stretch the soft tissue of the muscles, tendons, fascia and skin to remove any stuck tension that can effect the flow of blood and Qi , improving the circulation to strengthen the immune system.
Practicing the Sun Style Baguazhang is another body & mind discipline that offers a more dynamic approach to exercising to maintain & improve the health and wellbeing. Especially for those who are practicing Taijiquan, Yoga or any other physical disciplines and are looking for another way to exercise that compliments what they are already practicing, or maybe looking to find a new exercise method that offers them fitness and flexibility in one package and can also be practiced in confined spaces.