" Fire is the element of power. The people of the Land of Fire have desire and will and the energy and drive to achieve what they want. Earth is the element of substance. The people of the Land of Earth are diverse and strong. They are persistent and enduring. Air is the element of freedom. The Air Nomads detached themselves from worldly concerns and found peace and freedom. Also, they apparently have pretty good senses of humor. Water is the element of change. The people of the Water Tribes are capable and adapting to many things. They have a deep sense of community and love that holds them together through anything."
— Grandmaster of the White Lotus Bending is a form of elemental mysticism, where a person is able to control and manipulate a particular element. Though some degree of talent for Bending seems to be inborn to certain people or families, true skill in Bending requires lengthy and intensive study, dedication and practice. Each Bending form is largely channeled through “katas” or patterned movements and stances that give shape and focus to the chi that allows one to Bend. As such, Benders are at their most vulnerable when restrained or unfocused and unable to enact these motions with accuracy and clarity. Each Bending style is tied thematically to the katas that empower it, and as a result, the motions of each style are quite distinct. The four element benders are Airbenders, Waterbenders, Earthbenders, and Firebenders. Along with The Avatar who is the physical incarnation of the spirit of the world, and is the only person who can bend all four elements. The current avatar is Avatar Jaraiya.