Fa Jing, the One Inch Punch, Explosive Power

Fa Jing = VERY Explosive Punch

Examples of Fa Jing include such events as:
Bruce Lee held his fist one inch from the chest of his partner, punched, and his partner flew back six feet.
The Tai Chi Chuan student placed his palms on the torso of his partner, pushed, and his partner flew up into the air.
The old master stood six feet away from the student and aimed his palm, and the student scrunched up, tweaked and jerked, and flew away.

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This type of strike can really happen!


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Interestingly, these anecdotes are all based on the same thing. Bruce Lee achieved his ability through the study of Wing Chun, but it is not limited to Wing Chun. I have seen students of karate, and other arts, who could do the same thing to lesser or greater degree.

In tai chi, the ability known as fa jing is nothing more than a variation of explosive power. The difference is that tai chi stylists practice exploding power through body parts other than just the fist. They can explode it through shoulders and elbows and hips and whatever body part they wish.

The secret of fa jing is to get a good stance, push slightly up the legs so that the body moves as small as possible, yet with authority. The energy of the push hits the tan tien, which likes it and aids it and passes it on through the body. The body parts coursing the fa jing must be trained to pulse the power for best benefit.

To pulse power imagine a train running into a monster wall. The string of freight cars collide, bang, bang, bang, and each add their weight and power to the collision. Now tweak that concept a little, and imagine the parts of your body being thrust forward so that they all collide at the same time.

This is a matter of extreme timing, but, understanding the concept, doesn’t take a long time to learn. To be truthful, I learned it in karate. Nobody told me about it, I just practiced long enough, and eventually fell into the concept.

Now, it really helps if you can set up your partner so that he best receives the power of the technique. One way is just to adjust him slightly so that he is no longer on balance. Another way is to push or pull slightly and set up a resistance which can, in turn, be pushed or pulled with.

I’ve made a study of this type of phenomena, and it is actually in the Master Instructor Course that I offer. The surprising thing, to me, is that nobody else has ever done this. I suppose it is a matter of perception, and when a person is actually at that point of perception, and when a person is actually ready to receive the teaching.

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