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The Spinal Crank

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Left: Baguazhang, Lake Palm
Right: Xingyi's 12 Animals, Tiger Shape

The spinal crank is an effective technique that is used by a variety of martial arts, and, if applied precisely, can be highly effective in controlling an opponent’s center of gravity with the least amount of effort or force. These two applications present an interesting contrast of the styles. While Baguazhang is more circular, in this case, the application appears more linear, because the Lake Palm in application often favors the segments of an octagon (inscribed in a circle). Xingyiquan, on the other hand, is linear, more direct and uses tighter angles to upset the opponent’s central equilibrium. However, the Tiger employs an angular orientation off the centerline, and very often utilizes an arc to control the opponent’s center. Regardless of their differences or similarities, both styles engage the opponent’s aggression with lightness and sensitivity, and while maintaining contact, exploit weaknesses in the opponent’s situation.

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