Body techniques are executed by directly accessing one's physical and mental energies, and because of this they rely mostly on stamina and strength gained during hard training. It typically does not require the use of chi, although chi may be used to enhance the techniques. Despite not using any bending art whatsoever, body techniques may incorporate the fighting stances seen in elemental fighting, and because of this they are much faster to use than bending techniques or illusionary techniques.
While used by virtually every shinobi or benders in general, few individuals use body techniques as their primary fighting stance, with few exceptions, such as Rock Lee and his master, Might Guy - the latter who became widely known for his prowess in body techniques despite being a bender himself. Ty Lee, a nonbender and non-shinobi, is a master in using body techniques to chi block her opponents. Examples of body techniques include the Dynamic Entry, Leaf Whirwind, and Lotus Uppercut.
The Hyuga Clan's Gentle Fist, a fighting style that encompasses body techniques, make extensive use of chi, thus demanding great skill in controlling it. Body techniques are the right use for those seeking to save and spare their chi, or for nonbenders to defend themselves. It can also be uniquely used alongside bending arts to create bending body techniques. Killer Bee's unique fighting style combined sword techniques with body techniques, and was known as Disturbance.