Ba Ji Quan is a Chinese martial art that features explosive, short-range power and is famous for its elbow and shoulder strikes.

Characteristics

Baji quan opens the opponent's arms forcibly and mount attacks at high, mid, and low levels of the body. It is most useful in close combat, as it focuses on elbow, knee, shoulder and hip strikes. When blocking an attack or nearing an opponent, baji quan techniques emphasize striking major points of vulnerability, namely the thorax (trunk of the body), legs and neck.

The "six big ways of opening" are:

  • Ding: using the fist, elbow or shoulder to push forward and upward.
  • Bao: putting arms together as if hugging someone. It is usually followed by Pi (splitting).
  • Ti: elevating the knee to hit the thigh of the opponent, or elevating the foot to hit the shin of the opponent, etc.
  • Dan: using a single move.
  • Kua: using the hip.
  • Chan: entanglement with rotation around the wrist, elbow and shoulder.
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