Lesson 8: Fa Jing & Dim Mak

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Fa Jing & Karate Q&A

We got a good question from Kyle Beck a couple days ago about Fa jing and I think the answer may help some other folks out there understand some of the differences and similarities between Tai Chi, Fa Jing & other martial arts.

Q: I train in traditional Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate and the strikes/blocks that are taught to us have, in my somewhat unclear understanding, the same principles of Fa Jin.

Your relaxed in yoi, you pivot hips waist and shoulders to launch the strike, but there is only agility and focus-no power, as the hips sway back around and the strike is launching, you don’t turn your wrist around straight, generate full power, and release the “Kia” until right before the point of impact, at which time your once again relaxed at ease and your hips and shoulders rock back and at ease as well.

I explained that the best I could, because I want to have a clear understanding of the difference between shorin-ryu’s technique and Fa jin’s technique.

I love and respect all martial arts and would like to gain as much knowledge and experience as much as possible. – Kyle Beck

A: Hi Kyle, Good question.

It sounds like the technique you described would produce some Fa Jin if it is done well and the point of impact is timed just right.

The difference is that with the Tai Chi I want to take the explosive power (fa jin) and refine it, focus it and increase it a whole lot more. Then I want to make it internal. The goal is to be able to express that explosive force with any technique, at any time & and through any part of my body. Next I want to be able to do all that with as little effort as possible. So that when I’m 80 & 90 I can still deliver this kind of power without injuring myself. Another important component is the sensitivity to feel and target specific areas inside an opponents body. This is important because if my mobility is limited when I’m older I may not have the luxury of striking my opponent where I want to, but I still need to be able to do enough damage from where I’m at with whatever I can make contact with to end the fight.

A lot of our youtube videos have examples of different types of Fa Jing in them. If you haven’t watched to many of those yet they may help some.

For training on these kinds of skills I recommend starting with our Internal Power DVD. There are a whole bunch of drills on there that will build these skills and let you feel hands on some of what I’m talking about. The Fa Jing section on that DVD is actually pretty short, but you need a lot of the other skills on there to do it. It will also give you a lot of the building blocks necessary for more advanced types of Fa Jing as well as other internal skills.

The other thing about Fa Jing is that there are many different kinds. Ideally I want to get good at as many different types as possible and then start combining them for even more power with even less effort.

I hope this helps some. If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask.

– Ben

Tai Chi Body States

[This is an abbreviated transcript of the video on the right. The third part in a video series on the skills you will learn, and some things you should know about in our new Combat Tai Chi program]

The Exclusive Ultra-Secrets of Real Extreme Hardcore Combat Tai Chi – Part 3

Basic Fa Jing is reasonably simple, but high level Fa Jing requires a good bit of knowledge including being able to feel what is happening deep inside your own body and deep inside the body of someone else.

This includes understanding how to apply various kinds of geometric force and leverage as well as how to rapidly change from one kind of physical state to another.

For example in the Tai Chi we have this very floaty soft state and it has some very specific kinds of uses and also you would think that that one wouldn’t be one you could really do fajing from.

I’m here trying to push him with some force, and then I go to this soft version and it still has, it has a different quality. And so because he was ready for the state I was in, here working, still fluid, still strong in a different kind of way, and then went vary soft. The softness was then able to penetrate.

By the same token I could be soft and then go to very heavy, and it’s got a different quality again. So he was ready for soft that time and when it went to the heavy…

and the same could be true on the flip side it could be very heavy and then you could go to one of the other states

and so state changes is one of the ways, not the only way by a long shot, but it can be very effective especially as you learn different kinds of states.

3 Types of Fa Jing

[This is an abbreviated transcript of the video on the right. The second part in a video series on the skills you will learn, and some things you should know about in our new Combat Tai Chi program]

The Exclusive Ultra-Secrets of Real Extreme Hardcore Combat Tai Chi – Part 2

This is about regular Tai chi if it’s done fully and combat tai chi absolutely.

Tai Chi is about body energy states, structure (body shape) and mind intent.

When you read the tai chi classics you read about some concepts and principles and I’ll elaborate on some of them here.

Let’s start with fa jing which is explosive energy. There are different kinds, and directions and expressions of fajing for example:

  1. There’s fajing from compression,
  2. Fajing using gravity
  3. Fajing from a change in body state

(there are many other types of fajing as well. these are just a few examples)

1 Touch Knockouts – Various Methods and Jings

This is the second part of 1 Touch Knockouts vs Fa Jing.

A 1 Touch Knockout can also be accomplished by using Peng Jing so that the recipient feels like they have ran into a large solid timber post buried deep into the ground that will not budge hence they have ran into the connected body weight plus the ground energy behind it.  It feels like running into a pole sticking out of the wall that does not move when you make impact with it and is very devastating to the recipient.  This is partially due to the unexpected nature of the running into an immovable object quality of the contact.

Condensing, Coiling, and Springy Jings can be used to simulate the same effect as suddenly slamming on the brakes in a car which stops the car but also causes the car frame to jump forward on the shocks.   If the car’s front bumper makes contact with someone’s leg while the brakes are slammed on like this then the most likely result will normally be a broken leg.  If a person is struck in the chest like this the result can be a collapsed lung or other serious injury.

Fa Jing can be added to Condensing, Coiling, and Springy Jings strikes.  Most people think they are seeing Fa Jing when they see a basic example of Condensing, Coiling or springy jing.  Also, this way of striking is commonly taught as one of the beginner Fa Jing methods of striking because the result are quite impressive and relatively simple to learn.  However, when you learn real higher level Fa Jing you realize that although this method is powerful and can be used in conjunction with Fa Jing it in itself is not really Fa Jing.

There are quite a few places on the body where you can lightly touch with a Condensing, Coiling or Springy Jing  and achieve a 1 Touch Knockout.  If you Fa Jing while doing this then the result is going to tend to be more of a sharp breaking action.  For example if I touch a specific point on the jaw line with Condensing, Coiling or Springy Jing then it will most likely knock the person out.  If I add Fa Jing to the other jings in the same spot at the same time then it may indeed knock them out but it will almost certainly break the jaw at the point of contact.

Fa Jing is much more than just 1 Touch Knockouts because Fa Jing energy can be applied in other ways than just to achieve a knockout.  For example it can be used to toss the recipient across the room or to achieve a specific break.  1 Touch Knockouts are more than just Fa Jing because, as explained in this article,  there are many other types of 1 Touch Knockouts than just Fa Jing.

Also, as I stated in the Fa Jing article Fa Jing energy can be used for healing.  1 Touch Knockouts do not have a healing component although understanding how and why the 1 Touch Knockouts  work does help one to be a better healer.

I hope that this helps to clarify the issue.  Please post any questions you may have and we will answer here in the blog.

1 Touch Knockouts vs Fa Jing

One of my students who has studied 1 Touch Knockouts but has not yet been exposed to much Fa Jing training asked me if 1 Touch Knockouts and Fa Jing are the same thing.

Fa Jing is much more than just 1 Touch Knockouts because the energy can be applied in other ways than just to achieve a knockout.

1 Touch Knockouts are more than just Fa Jing because although you can use Fa Jing to achieve a 1 Touch Knockout there are many other types of 1 Touch Knockouts.

Fa Jing can definitely be used to execute a 1 Touch Knockout.

If I touch someone on their Carotid with my finger or a knuckle or use my flat palm on their temple and Fa Jing the result will almost certainly be an instant knockout with what definitely appears to be a touch (and physically will only be a touch) on my part.

The same thing is true if I lightly tap any one of several different correct pressure points on the face and Fa jing while I am doing it.

However, a Fa Jing Knockout is only one type of 1 Touch Knockout.

There are many other types including, among many others, using rooting energy with a palm drop. To perform this kind of strike I drop my palm from less than an inch away from the contact point so that when I touch the person they receive my entire body weight through the contact point.

It feels to them like I have dropped the weight from much farther away.

The simplest comparison to this experience is that it is like being tapped with a very dense and heavy brick that is traveling towards you at the point of impact.

This post is the first post in a series. Here is part two.

Fajin – Explosive striking and healing

In many parts of the world Fa Jing is actually known and spelled as Fajin.

As stated in this post on Fa Jing, Fajin strikes can be directed and can be used to impart a strike. Fajin can also be used to remove the energy that has been received from a strike. The healing aspects of issuing this kind of energy have not very often been demonstrated or seen and are relatively unknown. In some of our Clear’s Tai Chi Fajin video clips we are showing the energy being put into the person and we are showing the fix or healing aspect of the energy being taken out.

When demonstrating live I have found that I get the most reaction and a lot of requests from folks to personally experience this energy, being put in and then taken out, for themselves. We do understand that it can be quite hard to believe how much force can be imparted with such a light strike until you have felt it for yourself.

For both directing the energy of a strike and removing the energy of a strike there are at least several other energetics and jings that must be studied. These include but are not limited to Sung (Relaxation), Peng, Rooting, Ting Jing (listening), sensitivity, Jian Si Jing (Silk Reeling), Condensing, Compressing, Coiling, and Springy energies. Each one of these energetics will add more juice and pop to the Fajin for less and less physically visible effort on the part of the practitioner. Also, as these principles and energetics are truly understood, combined and applied it will take less and less physical effort for the practitioner to Fajin.

Our program offers a progressive training approach so that you can learn beginner to very advanced high level methods of Fajin.

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Tai Chi Fa Jing – Explosive Energy, Dim Mak & Internal Strikes

What is Fa Jing?

Have you ever watched a Chinese martial arts demonstration and been astounded or astonished by seeing a small man use a touch to effortlessly toss a large man across the room with seemingly little or no effort? What most people do not realize is that the ability that they have just witnessed is known as Fa Jing which translates into English as explosive force.

Most Chinese internal arts have one or more versions of Fa Jing and Tai Chi Fa Jing training is a body of study within Tai Chi.

Basic Fa Jing issuing of power or energy requires proper mechanical and physical principles to work. This includes but is not limited to a very proper connected alignment through the body of the practitioner. Proper alignment begins with the Wu Chi standing posture and continues to be practiced when the Tai Chi practitioner performs the Tai Chi moves.

If there is a break in the physical or energetic structure of the Tai Chi practitioner then it is highly unlikely that Fa Jing can be issued.

The Fa Jing practitioner also needs to have some understanding of alignment and structure in others to be able to find and affect their center of gravity. This involves being able to feel and ideally see the other person’s structure, alignment and weight distribution in order to affect it.

If the Fa Jing practitioner is more advanced then they are able to do less physical movement and yet still obtain an explosive result against someone who is in a stronger position. The most impressive, and of course famous Fa Jing demonstrations are when a Fa Jing practitioner barely moves or doesn’t physically move at all and the surprised recipient is suddenly bounced several feet up into the air or thrown at least 6 feet or more away.

Of course when Fa Jing is performed by an advanced practitioner the explosive energy transfer can be directed so that the result is much less dramatic to watch but much more serious to the person receiving the energy. Outwardly it appears like much less but the recipient feels it much much more. If the energy is directed into the insides of the person being struck or into one of their internal organs then the results can be devastating. This, of course, is a high level internal strike which is a Dim Mak application of Fa Jing.

Continued in: Fajin – Explosive striking & Healing

Fa Jing with knees, feet, back, elbow and more

Here are more examples of Fa Jing using various parts of the body.

Examples of Fa Jing & Energy Transfer

Here are some Examples of Fa Jing & Energy Transfer

The first few clips show moving someone with Fa Jing. The second to last clip shows sending the energy inside the body instead of moving the person & the last clip shows directing the energy through two people and moving the third. This same skill can be applied on one person allowing you to target a specific organ or place inside the opponents body.

We got most of these clips while filming an Introduction to Combat Tai Chi that should be available sometime next month.

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