*If you are on this page, you should have mastered at least the first few techniques on the Chi Page.*
Water Bending is the manipulation of ALL liquids using chi. Please feel free to practice with any liquid. Waterbending is the easiest to practice and the safest. Keep that in mind. Also, water is the element of change.
Water Benders guide the water when they Bend and they cannot force it they have to let it flow. Water Bending is a defense to offense element. They let their defense become their offense, turning their opponent's own forces against them. The fighting style of Water Bending is mostly flowing and graceful; acting in concert with their own environment. Water Bending is based on Tai Chi, which is a Chinese martial art that features slow movements and elegant forms that evoke the feel of flowing water. Water Bending's strength is its defensive capabilities which, rather than supporting a slow set of offensive methods, are transformed into attacks and counters- defense into offense. Rather than simply stopping to deflect an attack, waterbending's defensive maneuvers focus on control, achieved through turning an opponent's own strengths against him, instead of directly harming an opponent. Water has many sub-elements. The power of waterbending comes from the moon, so they are strongest during the night, especially when it is a full moon because they absorb energy from it. The first Water Benders learned from the moon by observing how the moon pushed and pulled the tides.
Push and Pull: First, go to a bowl of water or a lake or just any body of water and sit in a comfortable position and take deep breaths: 50 in and 50 out. You need to get a lot of chi in your hands to start with and when you feel you have enough, imagine the moon pushing and pulling the tides. As you do so, push and pull your hands and you might see the water moving with the motion of your hand movements.
*Don't worry if you don't get it the first time, it will take a few weeks to master or a month if you try it every day.*
Blood Bending: This is a lesson I created myself, and it is my favourite Water Bending technique. Your blood is made up of 70% water. I strongly recommend you do both a Chakra and a Water Meditation, but it is not necessary. Then, close your eyes and imagine you have blue veins that carry chi inside your body. They carry a constant chi flow. Imagine those veins also carry blood, and keep in mind that your blood is made up of 70% water. Feel the water inside you and visualize the chi is pushing the water throughout your entire body. This way, you are triggering your chi.
Here's the fun part: when you get really used to this technique, you will be able to control the water inside others bodies, therefore you can somewhat control them. This is a VERY good fighting technique. Some Water Benders win battles by using just this technique.
Become One: Get a bowl of water out in front of you, and feel the water's presence. Use your senses to take in the existence of the water in front of you. Make sure the water feels REAL to you. Place your hand about 4 inches above the water. Move chi from your abdomen into your hands. Instead of storing the chi at your hands, let it move directly out into the water. Let the chi have a consistent flow from your abdomen through your hands and into the water. Don't worry about how you put the chi into the water (projection, radiation, etc.) You want to have a consistent flow of chi through this entire technique. As your chi goes into the water, you will feel a connection with the water in your entire body. This is why you want a consistent flow of chi from your abdomen. When you feel this connection, start to move your hand around while continuing to feel yourself one with the water. Feel the viscosity of the water as you move you move it about.
Mixing Your Chi with the Water: If you don't know how to let chi out through your whole body and mix it with the water, Water Bending will be impossible to do. First, you need to feel your chi and then designate the areas that you want them to come out of. So, first you need to meditate and visualize your chi coming out of every possible place on your body. After you do that, you need to make it fuse with the water. This is the hard part, you need to have complete control over your chi to do this. Let your chi just go into the water and don't force it to do anything else. Once you mix it with the water, try to move it around a little and don't expect serious results the first time you do this, because it may take a little while for you to get it down.
Water Movement: Okay, here we are going to learn how to move water. First, radiate your chi onto the surface of the water, then you can move it in a figure eight, back and forth, in a circle, etc. I recommend moving your finger back and forth, but you can do it any way you want to do it. Now that you've radiated your chi into the water, you need to move it back and forth. Move your hands with the water and feel it moving with your hands.
Beginner's Lift: Sit cross-legged in the Lotus position if you can; if not, sit cross-legged with your back straight. Set a bowl of water in front of you. Or, if you can, sit in front of a source of natural water, such as a lake or stream, or even the ocean. Put one or both of your hands on the water. Close your eyes, and repeat the breathing patterns on the Meditation Page. Once you've entered a state of blackness behind your eyes, visualize yourself in the position you're in. Visualize a white or blue glowing substance flowing through your body. See it flowing swiftly up from the base of your abdomen (under your belly button) splitting up into two streams at your chest, flowing through both arms and into your hands, filling the bowl or a small section of the natural water with the substance (your chi). It is what you will be using to move the water. Once the water is filled up with chi, stop feeding it chi and imagine small thread-like strings connecting the ends of your fingers to the chi in the water. Now, slowly pull your hands up out of the water, and at the same time visualize the water lifting as it clings to the threads at your fingertips. Pull it up maybe an inch or two... don't push your luck the first try. It may take several tries to even make a ripple. If you simply can't get it to lift, repeat the Elemental Water Meditation for a few more days and try it again. Don't give up! If you say you can't do it, you can't. Cast any skepticism out of your mind and forget any doubts, and meditate of course. You will do fine if you do these things. If you do this correctly, and work through it patiently, then the water should rise as you pull your hands up out of the bowl or natural source of water. If it works, congratulations! You've just accomplished the first task on this site: your first experience in Bending you are also officially a Water Bender.
Beginner's Lift 2: First, get a bowl of water and set it in front of you, or you can sit in front of a natural source of water, but you don't have to. Next, I want you to make a chi ball. Imagine the chi ball splitting apart. Attach those strings to the water and your fingers. Then, imagine your chi (a.k.a. the strings) filling the water. Move your hands back and forth and feel the water move with your hands. Don't be discouraged if you don't get it on the first try, Bending is very hard and it will take a while to learn. Practice this until you can do it easily without thinking about it.
Lifting Water: Get a bowl of water and set it in front of you. Make a Chi Ball and attach the strings of chi to the water. Lift your hands up about an inch, try to feel the water rise with your hands. Let the water drop back into the bowl, and if you hear a splash then you have succeeded. Practice this until you can do it easily.
Lifting Water 2: I would only try this technique if you can do the very first one pretty well. In this one you'll be lifting water about 5 inches. First, sit by a source of still water (it has to be still at first). Close your eyes and imagine those same blue or white chords of light streaming through your body and focus on the chords in your hands (in this technique, I like to imagine I'm in a very peaceful water place, maybe a hot spring or a very low waterfall). Raise your hands over the source of water and visualize strings of light extending through your hands and into the water. Use them as puppet strings or visualize yourself connected to the water by mental force and start pulling your hands up. Imagine the water coming up 3 or 4 inches, then drop it. If you hear a plop then congrats. If you have done this correctly, then after 5 tries you should have some result. If not, keep practicing and if you do do it try to lift it higher.
Streaming the Water: Do water lift one or two (or even both), but lift it higher and detach the stream of water from the water source. Move the water around, you can make it any shape you wish.
Winding Stream: This is the same technique as the beginner's lift; the difference is that you'll be manipulating it more. Once you've nearly mastered the first skill, this should be rather easy. You've probably tried lifting the water higher before, right? Well, this is the same thing. You'll just be lifting the water about a foot high, and spinning it around a bit. Go through the same steps as Beginner's Lift, but pull your hands up higher than before, until you have a nice long chord of water to work with. If you need to, shorten the strings attaching the water to your fingertips, to give it some extra height. In this move, the closer to the water, the better. Pull it to that height and move your hands a bit. In a small clockwise circle at first, and then in a slightly larger counterclockwise circle. Move it around freely, and experiment. Also, try pointing one finger down towards the water and spinning it around your hand. It's a rather interesting feeling and gives you a bit more control over the water you're pulling. It's not too difficult, but I guarantee it will come in handy someday.
Push and Pull: Sit down near a bowl of water or a natural source of water (natural water is better). Close your eyes and imagine either a white chord running through your body. Focus on the ones on your arms and make them either get bigger or glow brighter. Put your arms over the water and imagine the chords extending out your arms to your source of water and use them like puppet strings, now start moving your arms physically and mentally. Visualize the water moving slowly then rapidly. This may not work for the first few tries, but as I said, keep trying different things. After a while try this technique standing up with your eyes open.
Water Bubble: If you have tried the first technique, then you have probably tried to lift it higher. If you haven't, you shouldn't be on this technique. In this technique you will actually be lifting it out of the water. To start, you can either stand or sit but start out like the Lifting Water technique and lift it about a foot or two higher. Visualize the water disconnecting from the surface and try to focus all your chi into sort of a protective bubble to do this just imagine a white or blue glow around the water. This skill is funny and eventually it will be so easy but I guarantee you will drop it the first few times because you're not used to the water being all of your responsibility. Play around with this technique and try and do it in open space. Have fun with this because this is what many other moves are formatted off of. After you can do this well, try and shape the bubble.
Water Push: Water Push is a simple yet a very effective move with enough power, it can blast 5 opponents back at once, maybe more. Now, first you must raise some water off the surface. You can either imagine it or force it. If you are imagining, first raise it to about your chest and shape it into a bubble. Then, imagine you pushing the water forwards. You actually do this physically at the same time you are doing that. Remember to keep a mental grip on your chi around the bubble as it's moving. You can also shape it into a blast shape or something. Now, to use the force you have to hold the bubble to your chest, and after the count of three, force all of the chi from your hands and chest pushing the bubble forwards. Remember to keep the shape of it with your chi for at least a little while. I prefer to use the mental method, and after this, keep practicing until you can do it instantly.
Chill: Get a bowl of water either warm or room temperature. Close your eyes and imagine the water either grey for room temperature or pale red for warm. Visualize it swirling, and put a hand or finger in it and feel the warmth, even if it's room temperature. Then, imagine the water slowly slowing down and turning bluer and bluer. Imagine the water nearly stopped and like a dark blue. If the water is cooler, then congratulations because this is a very hard move when you are new to Bending. If you are successful, give yourself a pat on the back.
Cascade's Healing Technique: First, immerse the injury in water. It helps if the injury is on the hand or the like, because you don't need a lot of water to completely immerse the wound. Use cool water for this. Draw chi into your index and middle fingers on one hand. Hold them together with the rest of your fingers fisted. The hand should look like you only have those two fingers. Pool as much chi into those two fingers as you can. Then MAKE SURE YOUR BREATHING IS AS CALM AND STEADY AS IT CAN POSSIBLY BE (this technique will not work at all if you don't have an absolutely perfect breathing pattern). Now dip those fingers in the water where your injury has been soaking. Pull both fingers out of the water, and then visualize the chi starting to 'ooze' out of the fingers so that it kind of forms an orb around the fingertips. Place your fingertips on the wound, and imagine the chi moving into the wound and filling all the open space of the injury with pure white or pure blue energy. Then, visualize the energy beginning to fade deeper into the wound and the tissue begins to knit back together, reforming into a completely healed area.
This should heal all injuries that are very small and only on the surface. A deep cut or large blister may take repeated sessions; but swelling and redness even on the worst of wounds will dissipate within the FIRST session. If you do it right, I guarantee that it will at least do that. You will know if it's being done right if you feel an ice cold tingling in the wound as you visualize the tissue reforming (I do anyway).
Small Water Shield: Okay we are going to make a water ball, and then make it square and big so it covers the mid section of your body. Once you do this, you can move it around to protect yourself. A good way to practice is making a shield and keeping it on the wrist of one of your arms, using the other arm to make water balls, etc.
Water Manipulation: Almost all forms of Water Bending involve moving and shaping a body of water to the user's desire. By simply levitating a large mass of water, Water Benders can move water anywhere they wish, even parting it under the surface of a lake or sea, allowing them to walk along the bottom of the basin without the need to swim. These large bodies of water can also be used as weapons, either by shaping them into gigantic whips, swung repeatedly at a target as a snake-like body, or simply dropped onto an opponent to smother them or put out a fire. On the sea or ocean, Water Bending can be used to create giant maelstroms.
Streaming the Water: This is a move that draws water from a source that Water Benders move around their bodies. A more advanced version involves "sinking and floating". This move is thought to be used for basic training so that beginning Water Benders can get a "feel" for water, but it is in all actuality a very useful move performed by Water Benders of every skill level.
Snow Manipulation: A move that pushes and levitates snow for attack, shielding, and defense. Water Benders are able to compress the snow together in order to slice through objects, even metal.
Water Whip: The most frequently seen move involves creating a lashing tendril of water to swipe at an opponent. The shape, size, and length are all determined by a Water Bender's control. More powerful Benders can create larger whips or ones of greater finesse. Due to water being incompressible, a whip can be sharpened into a blade that can even slice through metal with relative ease.
Water Jets: High pressure jets can be used to force opponents back or even blast clean through a target if focused enough. Water jets are primarily used if the user has intent of severely hurting their opponents.
Waves: By moving a large mass of water without separating it from its original source, Water Benders can create waves of nearly any size. They do this by using an upward movement and after raising the source, they send away in their desired location. This can be used to sweep opponents away or even as a form of transport, with the Bender surfing on the crest of the wave.
Water Bullet: The Water Bullet is a move in which a Water Bender Bends a large amount of water and sends it in a forceful blow towards their target. It is similar to Water Jet, but it's more for a quick use because the Water Jet technique takes more concentration.
Water Walls/Water Shields: Water can be molded into a variety of shapes and can be used to deflect an attack, trap opponents in a viscous body, reshaped and propelled at attackers before they can recover, or solidified onto a shield of ice. This diversity and ability to swiftly change to suit the situation is what makes the Water Bender's defense so adaptable. Although it is so protecting, the shield needs some type of compression or else the shield won't be effective.
Water Temperature Manipulation: Water Benders also possess the ability to alter the physical state of the water they manipulate (between solid, liquid, and gas) at will. Changing the phase of water allows for multiple techniques in the course of a battle, from encasing an opponent in ice to hiding behind a wall of mist. Ice and steam/fog can also be molded in a diverse range of shapes. Ice provides a degree of hard lethality since it can be molded into spikes or blades to pin down or impale opponents. Steam or mist can obscure a battlefield and mask movement. A Water Bender can easily superheat and boil water and other liquids to scalding temperatures. Water Benders also possess the ability to breathe an icy mist that freezes water and other substances.
Water Pressure Manipulation: Water Benders are also able to manipulate water pressure, allowing their techniques to grasp other objects or cut through without simply parting around them. Since water is incompressible, it can be used as a semi-solid while being able to walk on water.
Water Knife: The ability to shape water into a super-sharp edge or point for a split-second. Due to water's highly incompressible nature, it enables a Water Bender to cut through metal, wood, and stone.
Water Cloak: A Water Bender can use the water as a form of armor with tentacle-like arms. The Bender can use these arms to grab objects, whip enemies, blast enemies with water and freeze them. If a Water Bender has less water available, he or she can simply form the arms instead of the entire cloak.
Water Filtering: When working in concert with an Earth Bender, a Water Bender can purify polluted water. The Water Bender suspends the pollutes water in the air while the Earth Bender removes the pollutants.
Bubble: When in need to cross large bodies of water, capable Water Benders are able to create a bubble around themselves, keeping an air supply for them and for the others.
Water Drill: A high-pressure, rotating column of water. Capable of exerting a significant amount of pressure upon a solid surface, that allows the action of a drill. The move takes mastery of Water Bending since the motions to create a constantly twisting body of water takes a lot of Bending skill.
Water Spout: This high-level technique involves controlling a whirlpool-like pillar of water as a weapon, rotating it and directing its movements at the same time. Another form exists, which is nicknamed "Water Snake", in accordance to the waterspout's constantly shifting and coiling movements. It forms a giant snake of water around the lower body, elevating them from the ground.
Maelstrom: In a large body of water, a Water Bender can create a gigantic whirlpool.
Water Dome: A master Water Bender can collect water from the rain, forming a dome which can be used for both offense and defense.
Razor Rings: An experienced Water Bender can create multiple simultaneous water rings capable of cutting.
Blood Bending: Since the human body is roughly 70% water, Blood Bending does not necessarily Bend blood, but the fluids in one's body, allowing the user to manipulate a body's muscles to move as they wish or to stop movement completely. A Blood Bender could do a number of things by Bending the water in a person's body, such as stop a victim's heart or crush his/her internal organs; pressurize, boil, or cool the water to kill their opponent; or even completely extract the water from one's body. This is one of the most deadly offense moves.