Ji Ben Gong is the term given in Chinese martial arts (Guo Shu) to the fundamental training practices that are necessary to achieve basic physical and martial skills. There are many exercises and practices that constitute Ji Ben Gong as each style of traditional Chinese boxing will have specialised postural, stepping, striking and kicking skills that are basic and which serve to train the core principles of that art.
Traditionally any student wishing to learn a martial system would spend many hours practicing the core stances, steps, striking and kicking methods etc before they even learned a ‘Form’. This is Ji Ben Gong and it functions as a preparation not only for strengthening, shaping and preparing the body and mind but also teaching fundamental martial skills. To neglect Ji Ben Gong means you are neglecting the very basics of martial functionality. … Read More »
As I have already mentioned in the previous blog Song Jin (Fang Song)is the most fundamental of all the energetic expressions (Jin) that are cultivated in Tai Ji Quan. Without Song there can be no Tai Ji in the Quan. Put simply you will not be able to sense clearly your internal condition or the energetic flow between dynamic states; you will not be able to establish the source or still centre from which the Tai Ji (Yin and Yang) emerges; you will not be able to achieve the therapeutic benefits of practicing Tai Ji as a Qi Gong and neither will you be able to develop Tai Ji style Tui Shou or martial skills to a good level since it is from Song that Peng Jin emerges. Peng being the primary martial Jin and the root expression of the … Read More »
The most fundamental of the many ‘trained’ energies or Jin that comprise the art of Taiji is the skill of ‘Song’ Jin.
Its full title might read ‘Fang Song Jin’ but in Taiji this term is abbreviated to Song Jin and it is probably the most commonly used term in the specialised vocabulary of Taiji Quan. The full term Fang Song is more generally reserved for Qi Gong practices. ‘Fang’ means to liberate, let go, to free and ‘Song’ means ‘to loosen’ or ‘slacken’. Interstingly the same character also denotes a pine tree which in Chinese culture is symbolic of longevity. This may indicate the desired health outcome of achieving this particular skill. Fang Song is however specialised technical terminology used in Qi Gong and Taiji Quan practices and as such its meaning often stretches beyond ordinary usage and takes on … Read More »