cb1113 - Blue Ying Yang Health Balls TaiJi
Baoding Balls (Baoding Physical Exercise Balls), also called Chinese exercise balls, Chinese meditation balls, Chinese medicine balls, and healthy balls, are a traditional product of Baoding, China, thought to have been created during the Ming dynasty. Two or more of them are rotated repetitively to orbit in the hand, an action done to improve manual dexterity and strength and said to assist in injury recovery.
Baoding balls are believed to have originated in the town Baoding, located in the Heibei province in China, during the Ming Dynasty. They were once called Chinese Iron Balls because the original material of manufacture was iron. There are still artisans in that town who produce the meditation balls to this day.
In Baoding, they are called Iron Balls, because they were originally made of iron. As they became more popular and metalworking skills improved, construction methods varied. Most Baoding balls made and used today are constructed as a pair of hollow spheres - one inside the other with a chime between which rings as the inner ball strikes it. Many modern examples are decorated with cloisonn? and brass wire; however, these are not as suitable for actual use because they can easily chip when dropped or when they come into contact with each other. For injury recovery, hollow balls are generally more suitable due to their lighter weight. For exercise purposes, balls made of solid iron, steel or tungsten carbide provide added weight, requiring more effort be expended in their rotation.
The basic exercise for learning how to use the balls consists of rotating a pair in the palm of the hand, ensuring even and constant contact is made between the balls. Once this has been learned, the rotation speed can be gradually increased until the balls separate in the hand. Eventually, one can learn to rotate them completely without the balls making contact with each other. Exercises have been developed involving two, three, four, or even more balls.
Dimension (in/cm): Dia. 40.0mm each
Weight (lbs/g): 1.32 / 600 with box
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