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Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms[1]

Neji
Name
Kanji 八卦六十四掌
Rōmaji Hakke Rokujūyon Shō
Literal English Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms
English TV Gentle Fist Art: Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms
Other Gentle Fist Art: Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms (柔拳法・八卦六十四掌, Jūkenhō: Hakke Rokujūyon Shō)
Debut
Manga Chapter #101
Anime Naruto Episode #61
Movie Naruto: Shippūden the Movie
Game Naruto: Ninja Council
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Data
Classification Byakugan Kekkei Genkai, Taijutsu
Class Offensive
Range Short-range
Other jutsu
Parent jutsu
Derived jutsu

Users

The Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms is a taijutsu that should only be passed down in the main house of the Hyūga.

Usage

It is a dangerous technique that is appropriately handed down from father to only a single child within the Hyūga clan. It is a manoeuvre of the Gentle Fist fighting style.[2] With the Byakugan's near 360° field of vision, the user envisions an Eight Trigrams circle. Then the enemy within this circle is hit with a series of violent blows. By striking sixty-four of the tenketsu throughout the opponent's Chakra Pathway System, their chakra flow is stopped, making them unable to even stand.

Once someone is within range of the user's field of divination, the user assumes a Gentle Fist stance and begins to deliver the attack:

  • First, two consecutive strikes to make two.
  • Second, another two consecutive strikes to make four.
  • Third, four consecutive strikes to make eight.
  • Fourth, eight consecutive strikes to make sixteen.
  • Fifth, sixteen consecutive strikes to make thirty two.
  • Sixth, another thirty two consecutive strikes in succession to make a total of sixty four strikes. The sixth consecutive attack needs a strong step forward, because without it the technique will fail.

Each set of strikes is done at an exponentially increasing pace and strength. The attack not only disables the enemy but also knocks them back with every set of strikes.

Trivia

  • Though only taught to members of the main house, Neji, a branch house member was able to master this secret technique using only his own perception and talent.
  • Although the most popular reading of "Gentle Fist Art" (柔拳法) is "Jūkenpō", in the name of this technique according to furigana it is "Jūkenhō".
  • The technique name is derived from an ancient Chinese form of divination, wherein the practitioner scatters yarrow stalks and counts them off in groups. The numbers are then converted into one of the eight basic "trigrams": Heaven, Earth, Water, Fire, Wind (or Wood), Mountain, Lake, and Thunder. The trigrams are interpreted with the aid of an oracle book.

References

  1. First Databook, page 217
  2. Naruto chapter 101, page 7

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