Power Training

Fajing training involves not just speeding up a movement in the form, gyrating the hips and shaking the striking arm.

Instead, fajing involves more than just power generation. You see, when you exchange techniques with a live opponent chances are he will not be compliant and he will not let you fajing him without him attempting to defend and do likewise to you.

We can start the fajing training by getting the basics right. An example of basic training with a partner is shown below :-

We train our fajing using small frame posture as this makes for a more mobile stance and facilitates quick hand movements.

Knowing that momentum is a key basic ingredient in getting the power out is not enough. You must know how when to accelerate and when to decelerate so as to optimize your body collision.

If the variable factors are not well controlled you end up with a push. When the variables are in place you can issue a crisp fajing that bounces and imparts heavy force that is potentially injurious.


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The clip below shows an advanced method of fajing. This involves the use of intent to send out a small Qi sphere to strike the opponent’s body.

Another way to fajing is by using the fingers to “tap”. This ability is trained using the Wu (Hao) style long form.

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This clip shows why we are a stickler for details when it comes to learning how to fajing.

Always remember that your opponent is not stupid nor a dummy. If you try to hit him he will counter and fight back.

So keep the lessons learned in the forms in view when doing fajing if you don’t want to get hit.

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How we do our form, how we use our techniques is also how we do fajing. There should not be any difference between the three of them otherwise what we learn in our form would not be useful to how we apply our techniques and our fajing.

In this clip I explain why we should keep proper posture when doing fajing otherwise we expose ourselves to attacks.

In addition, if we use proper posture our hands would be charged with energy. In this clip, even though I was not trying to apply fajing but the use of proper hand shape enabled some power to be transfered across.

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Mastering a process requires repetition of the required process.

In this clip I highlighted the importance of placing the hand properly prior to striking.

The detail described here is an external requirement. On the internal side, this placement allows us to eventually use the palm shape shown on page 46, TaijiKinesis Vol 2.

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The truly internal fajing process has a lot of small refined movements involved. If you get them wrong then you end up with a push, not a forceful explosion of power.

In this clip you see my student trying to learn the process. Definitely not easy to do. But if you love a good challenge….

The challenge of doing Tai Chi internally is the ability to have laser-like focus on what you are doing as well as the ability to keep the mind honed it on applying the intent to drive the movement.

In this clip you can see how by adding intent I can make a tap with the fist hurt more.

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Fajing is not pushing!

Fajing is a forceful injection of power into the opponent’s body. To do this we employ imaging techniques, commonly described in the principles “use intention, do not use strength”.

In the clip above I contrasted the difference between pushing mechanically and using intent to generate the power. You can see the difference in how this affects the opponent.

There is an illustration of the fajing process described here on page 160, TaijiKinesis Vol 2.