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This is Waterbending. Waterbenders can controle water. They can make big waves, whirl pools, water splashes, water wips, they can controle water in mid air, and with their breath they can freeze the water and make it ice. Water tribs live on the north and south pole, witch are on each ends of the world and of corse sourounded by water. Water benders dress in blue of corse but also some earth kingdom people do to.
 
 

Origin

The people of the Water Tribe first learned Waterbending by observing how the moon pushed and pulled the water.
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Fighting style

Waterbending is based on the "Ku" style of Tai Chi, which originated in the Ku Yu Cheong lineage; it is a martial art that features slow movements and elegant forms that evoke the feel of flowing water.[1] Waterbending's strength is its defensive capabilities. Unlike some other bending disciplines, Waterbending's defensive maneuvers focus on control through turning an opponent's own strength against him, rather than directly harming the opponent. There are three known styles of Waterbending — Northern, Southern, and Foggy Swamp style — and may be others.

Waterbending provides a versatility of experience. The extent of the Waterbenders' power ranges from creating small, lashing whips and waves to massive tsunamis and walls of water. It has been shown that, when near a large body of water, Waterbenders can form waterspouts to lift themselves or other objects and surf on the surface of water using the feet, although this is likely very difficult to coordinate. Avatar-level Waterbenders hold the potential to create ocean-sized tidal waves, as evidenced by Aang when he enters the Avatar State in "Siege of the North, Part 2."

Waterbenders seemingly possess thermokinetic abilities regarding their element, meaning that they can freeze, melt, evaporate or condense the water they manipulate at will. However, these abilities may be less associated with altering the temperature of water than they are with controlling its spacing and structure at a molecular level. Changing the phase state 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.

A member of the Foggy Swamp Tribe, Huu, has shown that Waterbenders can manipulate the vines and roots of plants by bending the water within their capillaries. It would seem that other members of this tribe may be able to do so as well.

Select Waterbenders such as Katara possess the rare ability to heal wounds by redirecting energy paths (or chi) throughout the body, using water as a catalyst. Physically, this draws on the restorative properties of water to organisms such as human beings that are primarily composed of it. In the Northern Water Tribe, this ability is reserved for female Waterbenders, who are restricted from learning fighting tactics.

A Waterbender's weakness is his or her need for an external source of water, though a skilled Waterbender can concentrate the natural moisture in the air or on the ground into a usable form[2]. As a result, travelling Waterbenders carry a water skin with them at all times. A second vulnerability, however, lies within the use of one's arms as a primary means of Waterbending. As of yet, there has only been one instance in the series where Waterbending was performed with the lower body — when Katara anchored her feet in ice during her fight with Master Pakku — but another lower body technique is outlined on the Waterbending scroll stolen by Katara, from which both she and Aang learned a technique named the Water Whip.

Waterbending is the opposing bending art to Firebending. Like all the bending arts, Waterbending has no inherent advantages or disadvantages over the other disciplines. The series has repeatedly illustrated that it's the skill and prowess of the user that determines victory. So far, the only time a weapon has been used with Waterbending is when avatar Kyoshi uses her fans to cause a wave in "Avatar Day".
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Elemental Symbol
Waterbending Symbol
Waterbending Symbol

The symbol for water and waterbending is a circle comprised of a stylized rightward-facing ocean wave, with three spiral crests, breaking over three wavy diagonal lines representing water. It also shows how the moon and water spirt work together. The symbol is featured in connection with Northern Water Tribe spirituality, and on the pendant worn by Katara, originally carved by a Waterbender named Master Pakku for her grandmother as an engagement present.
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Spirituality and Waterbending

The legends say the moon was the first Waterbender. Our ancestors saw how it pushed and pulled the tides and learned how to do it themselves...Our strength comes from the Spirit of the Moon, our life comes from the Spirit of the Ocean. They work together to keep balance. [3]

Like the moon controlling the tides, Waterbenders move water using their qi to mimic gravitational pull. Because of this lunar sympathy, a Waterbender's power is stronger at night, at their absolute zenith during a full moon, and lost during a lunar eclipse.

Legend further elaborates that Tui (meaning "push") the Moon Spirit, and its symbiotic partner La (meaning "pull"), the Ocean Spirit, gave up their immortality to be a part of the mortal world. In fact, these spirits exist in the physical forms of two koi fish eternally circling one another in a pond, in the highly spiritual oasis, in the capital city of the Northern Water Tribe.

The "push and pull" relationship between the moon's gravity and the water's inertia is represented by Yin and Yang. The Moon Spirit koi is white, with a black forehead marking, and the Ocean Spirit koi is black, with a white forehead marking, mimicking the two primal forces.

Without the equilibrium of these two spiritual aspects, Waterbenders lose their powers. This was illustrated when Tui's mortal form was killed by Admiral Zhao during the Fire Nation's siege of the North Pole in "Siege of the North, Part II". The moon disappeared from the sky, the balance of the world was upset, and the Waterbenders defending the North Pole were rendered powerless.

The Fire Nation's invading fleet was subsequently defeated when the Avatar, Aang, acted as a literal avatar of La, combining to form a gigantic water creature that swept the Fire Nation forces out to sea. Balance was restored when Princess Yue, who carried some of Tui's life force, sacrificed her mortal form to become the reincarnation of Tui.
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Notable Waterbenders

* Katara
* Master Pakku
Tho, Due, and Huu


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