Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Clean Power

It’s the second time I heard it from this student though another new student also mentioned it.

Clean power.

What?

Clean power.

This is the term my student used to describe our fajing process because of its minimalist characteristics which makes it difficult to see or feel what exactly is happening even when it’s performed slowly.

This was when I said that fajing is not an accurate term to describe the process.

Why?

The typical fajing process is exemplified by fast, sudden and jerky motions. There is a short period in which there is a void before the explosive power happens. This is also the time that the power sudden grows very fast and overpowers the opponent before he can react to it. Most of the time you can see what is happening though it is still common for a lot of people to be unable to see what is actually occurring. I believe the scientific term is inattentional blindness.

But clean power method of fajing or to use the term toujing does not look like or feel as similar to fajing. Instead toujing is more like the haze from Indonesia that silently moves across the water and envelopes Singapore with little advance warning.

So toujing is a method not just of suddenly increasing your power and jerking it out. On the contrary you can slowly increase it and permeate the opponent’s body before he realizes it. In fact, most of the time the feeling would be like being draped by a force field with no apparent point of origin. When the force grows denser you will feel as if your feet is floating up and about to be shot like an arrow from a strongly primed bow.

As I was explaining to my student it requires a high level of sung to do toujing. The normal type of floppy sung is not sufficient to enable this skill which is encapsulated in the 4 key words of Grandmaster Wang Yongquan’s style as transmitted to Grandmaster Wei Shuren.

A very high degree of awareness is required to meet the conditions that will enable you to toujing. Again like Zen enlightenment you can either miss the mark after decades of study or you can instantly get it after a shorter period of training. However, this does not mean you don’t need to train. On the contrary you need to train even more and be very open in your outlook if you want to be able to achieve that click moment.

The keys to toujing can be found in the Beginning Posture as described in TaijiKinesis Vol 2.

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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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