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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Chair Fajing Training

The thing I love about Tai Chi training is that you don’t always need to use specialized training tools for your training.

In fact, even chairs stacked together can be used. In the first clip my student is trying out a fajing method by using the stacked chairs that a religious group has left in the void deck for their gathering.

It should be straightforward but it is not easy to control what he wanted to do. So another attempt which turned out better before faltering.

This is what I wanted him to do :-

The idea is to pin the opponent’s root so that when you apply pressure he cannot run away. Below is a demo of the result we are aiming for :-

I have challenged my friend Paul to replicate the result on stacked chairs. Let’s see how it turns out for him.

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Rootless

This is a demo of ………… I’ll have to view back the longer clip in our SKD FB learning group to see what topic we were talking about here.

Anyway, the background is that our use of high stances gave Stanley’s Hung Gar buddy the impression that our method is so-so.

So here was an excellent opportunity to let Stanley acquaint himself with one side of the argument. It would be good if he were to go check out his pal’s stance work for comparison.

I would call this method the stance of no-stance. You can see Stanley taking a look at how I was standing as he couldn’t believe it that I wasn’t standing in a low stance, or even in a stance.

I didn’t tell Stanley to cooperate by not pushing hard so that I can look good. I just let him push however he sees fit. You can see how he changed his position towards the end.

This outwardly rootless method is a result of training the bell body method of Grandmaster Wei Shuren. I present a simplified way of doing it in this post here.

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Qigong Desuka?

A perennial question I never fail to get is whether we have qigong in our Tai Chi. Yes, we do but it is not the breathe-in, breathe-out type that is commonly practiced.

The clip below gives an idea of why we don’t practice this type of qigong :-

We can practice our power generation without having to use qigong or breathe-out to issue power. We typically issue power whilst talking normally, as if its a normal activity.

We can do this because our power generation is trained using intent. After years of doing it we actualize the old boxing maxim of eyes arrive, hand arrives which means when the mind arrives, power arrives.

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Mindfully Yours

It takes time to develop the use of intent. But when you get there the quality of your Tai Chi form play will be markedly different.

Below is an example of a student who has learned for a few years.

The focus is more intense as if you are engrossed in a world of your own. Old masters say that one is so concentrated that even if a mountain collapses right in front of you your concentration will not waver.

Below is video of a student who has learned for three lessons.

Though the performance is quite good after 3 lessons the quality of the movement is not as fine. If you look carefully you can see that the iterative change is less perceptible in the first video as compared to the second.

The blurring of the perceptible changes is a step towards internalizing outer movements and allows one to bring forth the intent clearly.

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Take the Step

Last week while making some videos for my 三拳道 FB learning group I made some videos on Beginning Posture for my student’s reference.

Here is the first one – just a demo :-

As a reminder remember to adhere to the steps in executing it viz :-

i) Begin by taking a moment. Align the three points (you should what it is by now, if not ask me again)

ii) Commence forming the base by separating the substantial and insubstantial. What intent to use? What is the qualia associated with this intent? What is the timing for moving the left foot? How do you connect? How do you get to the mid-point?

iii) How do you raise your arms? Where do you begin your intent?

iv) How do you rotate your arms? What is the intent device to train your focus and power?

v) How do you lower your arms? What is the intent? How does it help in training your arms to be heavy?

vi) How do you unify the body? How do you root? How do you focus your power by minimal movement?

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