In Hsing Yi we use two hand formations, the Hsing Yi
Palm and the Fist.
Hsing Yi Palm
In Hsing Yi, the palm is considered to start at the
fingers and end at the shoulder. Everything in between is the
palm. The hand itself has a special formation to be used
throughout all of Hsing Yi.
To make a Hsing Yi Palm, the fingers are slightly
separated and curved forward in a concave manner. The fingers
stretch out with the palm of the hand slightly hollowed. The
thumb is out to the side of the hand at a 90° angle. When ever
the palms are open, the hand is in this formation.
When striking, depending on the distance to the
opponent, you will strike starting with the hollowed palm and/or the
heel of the hand, the forearm, elbow, or upper arm.