The joint we want to relax and stretch , can not use muscles around it.
How to do how not to do
Usually the main problem during Baguaquan practice that the joint are not stretched enough and can not use their force, can not control them. Therefore the basic exercises are still needed to do more to reach the required state of the joints
see how the different palms use the different joints, how to use their force
HeJingHan BaguaQuan, Baguazhang Teaching Taipei.
See more videos at Youtube playlists
some materials could be added from HeJingHan book:
Bagua Quan Foundation Training