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Four balls

Even the master in the art of FingerQiGong has more challenges to conquer that simply make fun. One is certainly the control of four balls. Once more you begin with shoving and then go over to the hardest spinning act of all.

I. Using four balls with both hands: 

a. The double pair:
Four equally sized balls are required to be able to shove and finally spinn two balls in each hand at the same time. On this occasion, the synchronisation of the hands is practiced, which is a very important coordination exercise, because it tunes not only both hands, but also both hemispheres of the brain on each other.

Exercises:

  • Both sides rotate inwards 
  • Both sides rotate outwards
  • Both sides rotate to the right 
  • Both sides rotate to the left

b. The triangle & solitaire:
On this occasion, three balls are placed in one hand and one ball in the other hand. The small triangle has already been introduced in "practising with three balls". Now the second hand rolls the single ball, like introduced in "practising with one ball". 

Exercises:

  • Both sides rotate inwards 
  • Both sides rotate outwards
  • Both sides rotate to the right 
  • Both sides rotate to the left

II. Rubbing four balls in one hand:

c. The small pyramid:
The most current practise or figure with four balls in one hand is the shoving of three balls on one level as a small triangle under the addition of the fourth ball right in the middle and on the top. This forms a sort of small pyramid - small because the real pyramid has four sides and is achieved with five balls. The ball on top passively turns a little bit faster than the others. The trick is to press the lower ball row together with the thumb and small finger, so the top ball doesn´t break in. Both directions are practiced. After a while you start to leave off the thumb.

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d. The big propeller:
The small propeller has already been introduced in "pracising with three balls". Now instead of three, four balls are moved in a row or line. According to the size of the balls a straight line can be held. With bigger balls the two balls in the middle position remain unchanged and the two external balls „bend“, but they should not touch each other.

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e. The spectator:
On this occasion, three balls are shoved around each other on the finger level and the fourth ball is held still in the middle of the palm, as if it were watching what the other three balls are doing. 

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f. The quadrangle:
To shove four balls at a time, on one level and in one hand, four balls are laid in the palm and are ordered thus that they form an equilateral quadrangle. The art here is to rotate the balls equally, so that the quadran-gle remains in its form and does not change into a rhombus.

The additional fourth ball position is right in the middle of the palm, the very first position which was suggested in "practising with one ball". Now all four balls are just shoved at the same time in one direction and, simply from one position to the next. At the beginning this seems impossible, but it is´nt. We have under the palm our so-called metacarpals, which are an inwards "extention" of the fingers and reach shortly before the wrist.

With thumb:

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Without thumb:

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g. Finger level:
To be able to master the very difficult practise of rotating four balls on the level of the fingers, you have to place the small balls on the following places in the area of the fingers.

  1. distal phalanges between the middle and the ring finger 
  2. proximal phalanges between the middle and the ring finger
  3. medial phalanges between the index and the middle finger 
  4. medial phalanges between the small and the ring fnger  

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III. Spinning four balls:

The perfect practitioner can let four balls simultane-ously freely spin in one hand. The balls are placed in the following positions:  

  1. Between the distal phalange of the thumb and the proximal bone of the index finger
  2. Between the medial phalanges of the index and the middle finger
  3. Between the medial phalanges of the ring and little finger
  4. In the centre of the palm

Then all four balls are simultaneously moved -either to the right or to the left - to the position where the next ball is (at the beginning thrown and then passed on). So you first hold all four balls in position, roughly throw them all at once to the next base and then catch all four balls at one time. Then with more practise you become more exact and pass on instead of throwing. Then the catching is only one short stop-over.

 

On this occasion, the difficulty is not only to move or even throw the ball in the middle of the palm, but especially to catch one there. For that the metacarpal joints must be activated - so you have to practice this. At the beginning this also seems impossible, but it is´nt.

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