Geyser Force

When you fajing do you truly connect to the ground and let it does its job?

Or do you use leg muscle to push against the ground to generate the power?

Below is a video showing how we train to connect to the ground without having to straighten the back leg to thrust against the ground to generate power.

Our rationale for this is that when you push your leg against the ground you are trying to use a stronger strength against a weaker strength. This does not fit the profile of Tai Chi as an art of using the soft to overcome hard.

Our reading of the principles of the Tai Chi Classics require us to let the opponent apply pressure on us so that we can borrow his power.

We then allow his power to connect to the ground at which point Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion comes into play, causing the opponent’s power to rebound back at him.

To allow this to happen we must relax so that the rebound force can move through our body swiftly with minimal impediment and maximum flow.

In this way when the force comes out it will be strong like a geyser discharging water forcefully into the air.

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Fajing Glimpse 3

Here’s a fun puzzle you can try working out on a lazy Wednesday afternoon.

First, take a look at the video below :-

Question – where the force vector and how does biomechanics fit into this?

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Fajing Glimpse 2

How much time do you need to set up before you can fajing?

This question is important if you are playing with someone who does not stay still.

We approach the problem by learning how to fajing with minimal set up and shown below :-

This method relies on the use of intention because you can set up the conditions for fajing in your mind faster than if you actually need to get your body into position.

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Fajing Glimpse

Here’s a clip from a training session on 17 Sep 2018.

The question here is what do you do when your opponent relaxes his arms so that you cannot use his resistance against him.

You will find that its not easy to use the common method of fajing such an opponent unless you can get close enough to push his body instead of his arms.

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Begin to Learn Push Hands 4

This is the final video :-

Going a bit deeper into the nature of change depending on what the opponent gives you.

Below is a video I took years ago. This gives a demonstration of the various changes from the use of a basic push hands position.

This was taken on the fly in that we didn’t do any rehearsal or agreed on a fixed response. I just went with what was given to me by my student and thanks to him this came off well for a demo clip.

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Begin to Learn Push Hands 3

This is the third video :-

Some explanation on how to use the horizontal circle for application of techniques using Grasp Sparrow’s Tail as example.

In our push hands the understanding of change is important because we never know how the opponent will react. So it is important to us to really understand the various positions we find ourselves in when playing push hands.

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Begin to Learn Push Hands 2

This is the second video :-

Here we continue working on the use of 5-Count in the neutralizing and issuing process.

We also learn how to use the horizontal circle to control our space whether for neutralizing or eating into the other person’s space to attack him.

Finally, keeping awareness of our space is important to prevent opponent from opening our door and entering it to attack us.

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