Singapore Tai Chi Chuan


Someone posted this video link to a FB group and asked “what do you see“?


I wonder if the person asking wants to know what readers can see or he is testing to see if they caught on to the method of doing the fajing.

Capturing the movements in slow motion is good because it makes it so much easier to see what is happening.

When you see the fajing performed at normal speed it might seem like a high level skill but at a slower speed its obvious that its nothing but speed, timing, opportunity and implementation.

What this means is that you must find the opportunity to do the fajing. If you cannot find the opportunity then create it.

Once the opportunity is there you must next catch the opponent’s timing. When you get the timing you must be able to quickly apply the biomechanics of fajing.

All these factors working together makes fajing seem effortless.

Take a look at the first fajing at 0:09. Seemed so effortless that its unbelievable. But take a look again at it in slow motion and you can see the following happening :-

i) 0:28 – can you see how the partner’s force is decelerated rendering it weak when the master sinks his body slantingly downwards?

ii) 0:29 – observe how once the partner’s force is diminished the master’s his body forward to join himself to the partner

iii) 0:30 – the master then slided his right foot forward to bring momentum into play

iv) 0:31 – the master planted his right leg down to suddenly stop his body, allowing the momentum to be transferred into the partner sending him off balance. The master used his hands to assist the partner to fly off


After reading the above do you still think that fajing is difficult or a mysterious skill? Fajing is basically applied physics. The only thing is that the very skillful masters can do it so easily and subtly that our eyes cannot catch what is happening and we therefore think its something beyond us.

Thanks to this video we can now see that its not. Fajing can be mastered by anybody, well, at least by those who are willing to put in the effort and time to train the skill.





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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