What is Fa Jin Also known as Fajing?

Over the years one question that has come is what is fajing? Depending on who you ask you will hear all types of answers. The best way to understand how Fa jin (fajing) works is to experience in action yourself. The best way to start manifesting it yourself is to study Tai Chi. Throughout the entire form there are examples of using fajing within the movements themselves.

A simple understanding of it is to simply say that you use it to infuse your attack with more power.  The mechanics of it is much like pulling a rubber band or twisting a towel.

When I learned about the term myself I started researching what it was and how it applied to my martial art. To use Fajing it helps that you are practicing with opposing energy.  Assuming you have an idea what fajin is and assuming you are practicing it and watching youtube videos on how to cultivate it a word of warning……

Be careful, often times new practitioners don’t realize how much power can actually be released and the end up hurting the training partner. Don’t do that! :-)

Wikipedia’s definition is:

Fa jin, fajin, or fa chin (fā jìn, 發勁) is a term used in some Chinese martial arts, particularly the neijia (internal) martial arts, such as Xingyiquan, T’ai chi ch’uan (Taijiquan), Baguazhang, Bak Mei and Bājíquán.

It means to issue or discharge power explosively or refining the explosive power, and is not specific to any particular striking method. Jìn (勁), or “power”, is often confused by Westerners with the related concept of jīng (精), which literally means “essence.” To generate the fa jin it is necessary to create a spiral from Dantian towards the limb or body part (e.g. shoulder, head, hip) that will perform the technique with explosive force (Bàofālì 爆發力).

Your Form Doesn’t Look Like My Form?

I think if you have been in martial arts long enough the question of who is doing the right form comes up. This is true for every single martial art on planet earth.  I watched a video today that got me thinking about this very question.

Before going further in this article check out the video I watched..


Yang, Sau Chung (1910-1985), was the eldest son of Grandmaster Yang Cheng Fu. He started learning his family style when he was 8 years old under the strict supervision of his father. At 14, he started to assist his father in teaching Tai chi chuan. [Read more...]

Kung Fu – World Tai Chi Day

world tai chi day The crew from Enter Shaolin participated at a local World Tai Chi Day event yesterday. It’s nice to see the Tai Chi community coming together for a day to promote Tai Chi.

Like many when I first learned about Tai Chi I wasn’t very interested in it.

It seemed slow and pretty pointless. That was when I was looking at Tai Chi through the eyes of a person who didn’t understand exactly what it was.

The first 4 years of my training with Sifu Phu he kept suggesting that I start training in Tai Chi Chuan. I tried but I kept loosing interest in doing it.

Finally, after several years of training I hit a plateau in my training. It seemed like no matter what I did, I wasn’t able to stop using force in my martial art training. This really frustrated me because I was practicing all the time. Though, it was like the harder I trained the more difficult it was to soften up. [Read more...]

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