I know there is a lot of interest out there on the tai chi fajin training and developing fa jin (also seen spelled as fa chin or fajing [which is wrong... keep reading]). What exactly is a fajin? Simply, “fa jin” means to issue force/ power. Many confuse this concept with what a “fa jing,” an incorrect translation, would mean, which is a transfer or release of “jing.” As many practitioners of Chinese arts are aware, “jing” means literally our ‘essence’ or ‘life-force.’ It seems that because of this common mis-translation, many have imagined the fajin to be some mystical issuance of intangible energy. This is far from the case!
In actuality, a fajin is just a very well co-ordinated release of good old fashioned Newtonian power. Granted, the way a taiji player uses the body to issue this force may make it seem mystical or mysterious when you watch, it is in …
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Check out this collection of Chen taiji Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang demonstrating his fajin. Fajin or fa chin literally means to “issue force.” Typically, when we think about a fajin exertion, we are imagining the explosive form of jin, as seen in these videos of Chen Xiaowang. While there are other forms of fajin, on this website we will stick with this convention. Take a look at the Tai Chi Fa Jin category to see all of our videos of various masters demonstrating their fajin energy, and even get some ideas of how to practice this energy yourself.
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I’ve always been a big fan of qinna, even before I had encountered taiji. In fact, Dr. Yang Jwing Ming’s in depth book on the subject was one of my earliest exposures to the art (Taiji Chin Na: The Seizing Art of Taijiquan – go buy it if you don’t have it!). That’s why I put Dr. Yang’s video here first. The second video is Master Tony Ho breaking people with his qin na technique. If you are unfamiliar with Master Ho, his website is Wuji Qigong Taijiquan, and he has a weekly class Sunday mornings in Irvine, California. The third video is Huang Jeng Bin, mentioned elsewhere on this site. Remember to take a look at Part II of the taiji qinna series as well.
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Continuing the series on Taiji Qinna. The first video is our good pal Chen Yu showing the destructiveness of his qinna gongfu. Ouch. You can find Master Chen’s website at cytjw.cn, but it’s in Mandarin. Still, a nice resource to learn more about Chen Yu’s classes and schedule. The second video here is Master Her Ran Shan, who I don’t know much about. I think he is located in Shanghai. If you know Master Her Ran Shan, contact me to let me know his info. Finally, the third video is Mike Martello. You can see that Martello’s qinna was highly influenced by his bagua, but I still wanted to put it in the series. RIP Mike!
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Sifu Wei Chung Lin here demonstrates his fajin issuing energy on an array of his students. These videos are especially interesting to offer an insight into a specific school’s (Sifu Lin’s) approach to developing this specific method of issuing energy. The first video showcases Lin’s practice of stationary partner training to hone & demonstrate his fajin, whereas the second video shows the same energy being applied in a (slightly) more realistic setting. Sifu Lin teaches at a location in the Chicago area (Skokie, IL), and you can view his website at the Chinese Taoist Martial Arts Association.
A brief collection of applications from the Cheng Man Ching 37 posture Yang style form. These videos are teacher Huang Jeng Bin who teaches in Taipei, Taiwan. Check out his website, at Huang Tai Chi.
Here is an excellent collection of tai chi self defense applications (taiji yongfa) by taiji teacher Jesse Tsao (you can learn more about him & buy full copies of these movies at his site: Tai Chi Healthways). I especially like this series of videos to help explain tai chi’s applied combat uses. While the videos are not necessarily showcasing tai chi against the most vicious of oncoming attacks, it doesn’t offer insight to those who are used to imaging tai chi chuan as a slow moving health dance.
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