Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Fajing Basics

I frequently hear people say that it takes many years to learn how to fajing. True or false?

Actually, it doesn’t take years to learn how to fajing. The basics of fajing can be found in Beginning Posture. I frequently use it to show beginners (even those who are learning on the first day) that they can do fajing. They already have the means in them.

The problem is that they cannot maintain the physical requirements themselves. Hence, unable to fajing. But once they can get the requirements in place with a simple verbal direction from me they can do it right away. The moment they try to do it themselves without the verbal instruction they find that they cannot do it. Its not that they cannot remember the verbal command. Its just that their body won’t listen to the mind.

So how did I get their body to listen. Its no rocket science. I distract their mind from its normal tendency to wander and bring it to focus on something else. Then magically they find that without worrying about what they are doing they can do it. However, when they start to fret over what is correct, what they think is correct, inject in all sorts of things that have nothing to do with fajing that’s when they find that they cannot do fajing and they cannot understand it.

The Beginning Posture teaches how to align the body to connect the ground and how to convert potential to kinetic energy to fajing. But if you look at the way we move gently and simply you can’t tell that this is happening. Yes, this is the point – if we are doing an internal art then you can’t tell by looking. If you can see me doing it then its not much of an internal art to begin with.


Author: ZenMindSword

Mushin is a practitioner, researcher and trainer for Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. He is also author of The Ip Man Koans, The Ip Man Questions and TaijiKinesis series of eBooks, as well as co-author of Complete Wing Chun.

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