This morning I got a message from my friend asking the Shen, Yi, Qi that I mentioned here.
I wrote a reply which turned out to be longer than expected. So I turned it into a post here.
Sometimes you gotta practice whenever and wherever you can. In these pandemic times keeping healthy means exercise and what better exercise than Tai Chi.
More on this topic here.
You don’t have to know 1,001 ways to fajing if you are interested in the combat side of Tai Chi. You only have to know how to get the position and apply one good strong power. This is what I normally focus on.
However, when you eat the same food too many times you get sick of it. So yeah, sometimes we can take a side trip to the fajing world to reaffirm our interest. Mind you, as it is our first form, the 108, already has enough fajing methods for you to play with.
But Tai Chi fajing skill level is like a deep, dark hole as how my teacher once said. This video of GM Wei Shuren is a constant reminder of the skill level we can work towards.
His fajing is light and crisp, with minimal movement and effort. It doesn’t mean he does not have fajing that can cause serious injury. He did but stopped demonstrating it when he nearly caused serious hurt to someone once.
Anyway, consider this a good source of inspiration and motivation. Keep on training.
And finally, a power that you can train from the Beginning Posture of Grandmaster Wei Shuren’s 22-form.
It is the use of the intent to release the Small Qi Sphere into space and have it return to your hand in the next instant.
This helps you to let the power out of your body quickly and with less expenditure of effort.
This fajing trick demonstrates the feeling you will get when you first feel the distinct separation of mind and body.
If you can make this intent work you will understand what it means to bring the power to the fingertips.
If there is a difficult student to fool with tricks it would be PL. Why do I say this?
I said this because he is a scientist in the field of neuroscience. If anyone is qualified to know about the workings of the brain he is.
But here I am fooling him again with another trick of the mind. It is a variation of the trick I used in the video in the earlier post Use Your Mind-1.
The trick is to isolate the working of the mind from the body, sort of establishing a master-slave connection, to borrow a computer hardware terminology.
Once you can separate the working of the mind from the body then your intent to perform a movement will be clearly defined. At this point you can perform this trick.
Whenever I see a video that claims to show internal power all I see are biomechanics. To me internal is about using intent, not just overt biomechanics.
Fortunately, for many demonstrators the average viewer can’t see to see the biomechanics involved, be as obvious as they are to all but the blind or those who chose to believe and be blind.
Below is an example of what I mean by using intent :-
You might notice that I am standing in a stance. I stood this way to make a point to my student about taking the body structure out of the equation to isolate the intent.