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Wuxi-shockwave

The hold's shockwave effect as used by Po in Kung Fu Panda

Po [gasp] The Wuxi Finger Hold! Not the Wuxi Finger Hold!
ShifuOhhh, you know this hold?
PoDeveloped by Master Wuxi in the third dynasty, yes.

ShifuAh, then you must know what happens when I flex my pinky...
Po [gasp] No no no!
ShifuYou know the hardest part of this? The hardest part... is cleaning up afterwards. [chuckles] 
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  Shifu threatening to use the hold on Po, Kung Fu Panda  

The Wuxi Finger Hold is an advanced, powerful kung fu technique that involves the user holding an opponent's finger between his or her own index finger and thumb, pinky held upright. By flexing one's pinky, the target's chi is presumably affected so greatly that it causes a brilliant, rippling shockwave of energy that extends for miles, though what exactly happens to the target is unclear. It is noted to be a Red Panda Style move.[1]

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Background

Master Wuxi is credited to have developed this technique during the third dynasty. This hold remains to be the most feared and secretive technique in the entire Valley of Peace, capable of creating maximum amount of damage with just the minimum amount of effort.

In Kung Fu Panda

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Shifu threatening to use the hold on Po

After Po was selected as the Dragon Warrior, he was sent to the Hall of Warriors to meet with Master Shifu, who shared with him his disbelief in Po being the Dragon Warrior and insulted him. When Po tried to argue, Shifu threatened to use the Wuxi Finger Hold on him; scared, Po backed down and didn't want to argue with him afterward.

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Po using the hold on a battered Tai Lung

Sometime between this point and his fight with Tai Lung, Po figured out how to use the Wuxi Finger Hold himself and used it against Tai Lung, who gasped in shock and reasoned that Shifu never taught him the hold and tried to call it out as a bluff, but much to his surprise, Po admitted that he actually figured the hold on his own; with a flex of his pinky and saying his catchphrase "Skadoosh," Po defeated Tai Lung.

In Secrets of the Furious Five

In the short, the Wuxi Finger Hold was briefly mentioned when Po asked Shifu if he could use it to discipline the group of rabbit students, to which Shifu discouraged.

In Legends of Awesomeness

In the episode "Master and the Panda", Monkey and Crane recalled the events of how Po had used the Wuxi Finger hold to defeat Tai Lung. Later, Peng attacked Po upon hearing of the fate of his uncle, and Po absentmindedly caught him in the hold, but was unwilling to fight Peng and didn't perform it.

Trivia

  • In the first Kung Fu Panda storyboard version of the Wuxi Finger Hold, Shifu instead used a Chinese finger trap to catch Po.[2]
  • In a Scholastic News Online interview with "Po", when asked about the hardest move for him to learn, Po answered it was the Wuxi Finger Hold and states that Shifu told him (after having defeated Tai Lung with it) that there actually is no such move; it was just a story that masters made up to scare their students. Po added that he can't recall exactly how he did it, but he feels he must practice.[3]
  • Though unconfirmed, the move might have been inspired by the "Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique" from the Kill Bill movies.

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