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Baji quan is a Chinese martial art that features explosive, short range power and is famous for its elbow strikes. It originated in Hebei Province in Northern China. Practitioners are encouraged to learn techniques that are aimed to defeat opponents with a single strike, and low stances to develop strength in the legs.
A feature of this art is the loud stomping action that is designed to scare opponents while at the same time developing the practitioner’s internal energy. Attacks are released at close range, using eight different parts of the body to deliver them: head, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, buttocks, knees, and feet.
Baji quan practitioners in Dead or Alive
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- In the Dead or Alive 5 games, baji quan was mistranslated as "ba ja quan".
- As a testament to the complementary nature of the baji quan and pigua quan styles, there is a proverb that goes: "When pigua is added to baji, gods and demons will all be terrified. When baji is added to pigua, heroes will sigh knowing they are no match against it." (八極參劈掛，神鬼都害怕。劈掛參八極，英雄嘆莫及).
- Besides Akira and Kokoro, other fighting characters that use baji quan include Yun and Yang of Street Fighter ,Li Mei of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Arima Miyako of Melty Blood, and Leo Kliesen from the Tekken series.
|Grappling||Close quarters combat • Combat Sambo • Counter Fiend Combat • Lucha libre • Professional wrestling|
|Striking||Baji quan • Ii Style Leg Strikes • Karate • Mizong yi • Muay Thai • Ninjutsu • Pencak Silat • Pigua quan • Taekwondo|
|Internal||Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu • She quan • Taiji quan • Xingyi quan • Xinyi liuhe quan • Zui quan|
|Full contact / Combat sports||Mixed martial arts|
|Self-defense / Combatives||Aikido •Systema • Tengu-do|
|Eclectic / Hybrids||Anti-K’ Arts • Honoka Fu • Jeet Kune Do • Street Fighting|