Today’s post here is a short mention of the use of intent to practice concepts such as the 9-Crooked Pearls.
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.
Its kicks galore last week and this week as I taught my kicking method to a student. My kicking method is divided into two phases :-
a) External phase – this is described in the eBook “2-Dots : Six Learning Steps for Mastering Wing Chun’s Kicking Model ” and the verbal teaching of Master Leong Lin Heng
b) Internal phase – this is the method of using intent that is transmitted through the lineage of Grandmaster Wei Shuren
I started off my teaching with Kick No. 4 of the 4 kicks taught by Master Leong Lin Heng. I like this kick because it is so unexpected, so sudden and so weird that its difficult to guard against it even when it is executed at a slower pace. It is a good illustration of the usefulness of using kicks.
The next step is of course the principles of kicking. A good place to start reading about it is in the eBook 2-Dots mentioned above. But for my student it is not necessary to read as I have told him what he needed to know and trained him in it.
Our emphasis is to use it within push hands, not as a fixed, dead drill but as a live response when the appropriate situation arises whether when given or created. Now he has an extra area to focus on in push hands.
Some videos that are extracted from the lesson this week :-
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.