Tai Chi Fa Jin: Advanced Techniques for Discharging Chi Energy
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A guide to the seemingly effortless yet explosively powerful martial art techniques of Fa Jin
• Explains how to collect energy within and discharge it for self-defense as well as healing
• Explores how to counter the natural instinct to resist force with force and develop yielding softness through the 13 Original Movements of Tai Chi
• Illustrates routines for the partner practice of “Push Hands” (Tui Shou)
Fa Jin, an advanced yang style of Tai Chi, complements the physical, mental, and spiritual conditioning available through solo Tai Chi practice and the internal martial arts of Taoism. Fa Jin enables adepts to harness the energy of yin, yang, and the earth in the lower tan tien and discharge it as an extremely close-range yet explosively powerful blow in self-defense and partner practice as well as in healing techniques.
Integrating the teachings of many Taoist masters, including Chang San-Feng, the creator of Tai Chi; Wang Tsung-Yueh, the legendary 19th-century master; Bruce Lee, the actor and martial artist who made the “one-inch punch” technique famous; and the Magus of Java, a living master able to discharge energy in the form of electric shocks, this book explores the history, philosophy, internal exercises, and physical practices of Fa Jin. Drawing on Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Tan Tien Chi Kung techniques, Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan reveal the secrets to collecting yin and yang in the lower tan tien and discharging the energy in a seemingly effortless yet explosive blow. Illustrating several routines of the Tai Chi partner practice of “Push Hands” (Tui Shou), they explain how to apply Fa Jin techniques by “listening” to your opponent’s intentions and countering the natural instinct to resist force with force through yielding softness and redirection. The authors also detail how to prepare for this advanced practice through stretching, meditation, breathing, relaxation, and energetic exercises.
system. For their gifts, we offer our eternal gratitude and love. As always, their contribution has been crucial in presenting the concepts and techniques of the Universal Healing Tao. Thanks to Juan Li for the use of his beautiful and visionary paintings, illustrating Taoist esoteric practices. We thank the many contributors essential to this book’s final form: The editorial and production staff at Inner Traditions/Destiny Books for their efforts to clarify the text and produce a handsome new
mentioned above, discharge power relies on the body being totally relaxed. This means that when the practitioner is sinking down, all tension and blockages have largely disappeared. The neck becomes Principles of Discharge Power 31 long as the head suspends, the kua (pelvis) opens, and the mind and chi go deeply into the earth. As Universal Healing Tao students learn during the practice of Iron Shirt and Tai Chi, power lives in relaxation, not in tension or willpower alone. The Two-Man Saw
Shirt structure is open, which allows the unimpeded flow of jin. Jin flows up the spine though the sacrum, Ming Men, T11, T5, C7, and Jade Pillow. Jin is released through arms, by “finding the curve in the straight”—the scapula round, elbows drop, and wrists rotate. 8 With years of Tai Chi practice, the adept has mastered transitions, interchanges, and genuine understanding of the thirteen postures. “Shaking” is often experienced in sitting meditation when a burst of chi is sensed in the
Exercises Fig. 4.27. Focusing on chi ball of Sampan Oars Warm-ups and Technical Exercises 101 Jade Rabbit Pounds the Drug of Immortality u This technical is done in double-weighted Horse Stance only (fig. 4.28). It works to open the Central Thrusting Channel (Chong Mai). Like the above yin technicals, it can train all stages of Fa Jin, however, it is unlike the classic eight gates in that weight is not transferred from one leg to another. Again, follow the principle of allowing the chi to
system. The first principle is Iron Shirt training, which removes segments of tension within the spine and limbs. This tension correlates to the “hollows and projections” described by Chang. The second principle describes the passage of chi from the heels through the body and spine, which is the primary teaching of the foundational form of Tai Chi Chi Kung. It will be discussed in greater detail in chapter 3. After Chang San-Feng there is a period of several hundred years during which both