Understanding the Purpose Of Cross Arm Don Chi – Wing Chun Training

Wing Chun is an amazing martial art. It has a very colorful history, throughout the years people have held to the idea that less is more. There are lots of politics in Wing Chun, though I am sure there are lots of politics in all the different martial arts.

What I believe separates Wing Chun from other martial art systems is that it relies on a persons skill to work rather than a persons strength.  If there is anything I learned in my own Wing Chun training it’s that patience is a virtue.

Often times I tell my own students that if you took someone who was doing MMA style fighting, they might fair better than someone who does TMA style fighting not because one is superior than the other, but because the MMA way of fighting is to get in the ring and start working it out. The TMA style of training is more interested if foundation is strong.

When I first started training, I struggled when I sparred against MMA (type) martial artist, I say type because many styles make up MMA… I only knew a handful of techniques in my first 5 years of training.  My sensitivity was still at a baby stage.  There is much more to this story that I will share at my other blog. For now though check out a new video we uploaded on the basics of Cross Arm Don Chi Sau


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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).

Kung Fu Discussion – Wrist Control, Structure, Friendly Conversation

Personally I don’t much get involved with Internet debates when it comes to kung fu. The reason is simply because most times there isn’t a right answer or a wrong answer. The fact of the matter is that the right way to train your martial arts depends on who you are and what you are trying to accomplish in your training.

For example: If you are going to train to enter the ring and compete you need to train for that sport. If you are training yourself to defend yourself in a real life self defense situation the training needs to be tailored for that.

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