Fajing Requirements

In internal Tai Chi the fastest and surest way to learn how to fajing is by focusing on the key essential requirements.

The easiest way to practice the key essential requirements is by working on them as you practice your form. In the beginning this is an uphill journey in that you keep forgetting to do the principles.

However, if you keep at it you will inevitably remember to do the requirements. First you will “do” them crudely. That’s fine. Keep working on them and at some point your rendering will become surer and smoother. When you reach this point then you can begin to refine them before you try to do them all at once.

There are four key requirements we must have. These four key requirements are paired in twos. Attaining the first pair will lead you to achieving the second pair. At the tail end of the learning all four requirements must be performed together.

Relax-Disperse
Transparent-Emptiness

The first essential requirement is to “Disperse”. If you do not “Disperse” then you cannot “Relax”.

The second requirement is that if you can “Relax” you can be “Transparent”.

The third requirement is that you have to achieve “Transparent” to reach a state of “Emptiness”. This last state is what enables you to transfer your force through the opponent seamlessly.

Various learning tools are embedded throughout the form to teach you to practice the above four requirements. You can also just work on one single technique repeatedly.

When you have the four requirements as part of your movements you will find that you can fajing naturally with no need for elaborate setup or posturing. Your force will be penetrating though outwardly your movements look natural and not powerful.

The key to learning to be natural is to practice the form until you can apply the movements without hesitation. It is one thing to be able to remember the form and know what the techniques can be used for and another thing to train to the point where you use the techniques without having to think about them.

You want to avoid learning a “useless” form that cannot be applied because you did not practice the use of the various techniques to the point where you can use them freely without hesitation. You would want to keep practicing until you go beyond the techniques to the point of having no technique as technique and any movement is a technique; to the point where when you deliver a technique the fajing is part of it. You should not do the technique one way and fajing some other way. Only then can you say that you have found the art in the techniques and the techniques in the art.