The taping of my student on two previous occasions had helped him to understand how he was inefficiently moving his legs in push hands. This is why I keep telling him to practice the form to acquire the correct habits.
This week the topic of doing form in a certain manner moved on to its role in fajing. After playing push hands for a while I decided to tape the last part of the training as my student couldn’t see clearly what was happening on my side.
To summarize :-
i) Practicing the form properly is the key to mastering the principles of fajing. Example of how to do form with the required nuances at 6:23-6:50.
ii) To do fajing one must be connected to the ground. The stronger the connection the better one is able to issue force like shooting an arrow from a bow.
iii) In combat one must have a reasonable amount of balance and mobility. If we sacrifice mobility in our quest to root strongly to the ground by using a wide base and bending the knees a lot then we will have a problem dealing with opponents who are good at striking. The question to ask is how to optimize balance and mobility.
iv) One needs to acquire small circle movements in the form in order to be able to adapt quickly to an opponent who will keep moving to take away your ability to connect correctly to him in order to issue your power to bounce him.
v) To use Taiji as an internal art we must conceal how we move our body to issue power. Even if our training partner were to touch our dantian they cannot feel any rotation; in fact they cannot feel anything yet they can feel our force acting on them. This is our definition of what internal is.