Posture 3: Cross Hand
The third posture of “Luk Tung Kuen, known as “Cross Hand”, aims at reducing the fat of the belly and enlarging the volume of inhalation of the lung. It is divided into two main parts.
Starting position: Stand upright, raise both arms upward until they reach a vertical position with fingers extended.
Movement 1: The palms of the hands are facing sideward. Straighten the elbows with effort. Place the wrist of the left hand in front of the right hand in the shape of a slant cross. When ready, count “one” and extend the trunk backward. Then bring the arms slowly down to the sides. Then raise both arms upward again, repeat the same movement for ten times. Breath in each time when counting. The muscle of the abdomen has been stretched and the volume of inhalation has been enlarged.
Movement 2: When finished doing the above-mentioned movement for ten time, raise both arms upward (same movement as described in movement 1) but this time place the wrist of the right hand in front of the left hand in the shape of a slant cross. When ready, count “one” and extend the trunk backward. This time, bring the arms down slowly not to both sides but in front of the chest. Then raise up the arms again and repeat the same movement for ten times.
By doing this exercise, the fat of the belly will be reduced as a result of the stretching of the trunk backward. Concurrently, the exercise can improve the elasticity of the joints of hands and the fingers. Besides, the bringing down of two arms to both sides and in front of the chest can bring some exercise to the joint of the arms and the shoulder. This can prevent rheumatism and the movement of contraction and expansion can strengthen the muscle of the chest and expedite the respiratory system. This posture shares the same theory with the posture “Liang Shou Qing Tian Li San Jiao” (兩手擎天理三焦) as practiced in Ba Duan Jian (八段錦). But this posture is more effective and beneficial to the joints of the fingers and the bones and muscles of the arm. Even if one suffers from rheumatism, this exercise can help to cure it.