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Tai Chi Theory and Martial Power: Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chaun (Martial Arts-Internal) Paperback – November 5, 1996
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So what is jing, anyway?
“Jing,” says Dr. Yang, “is more than just muscular strength.”
He advocates that although the muscles in the human body are a component of whether a technique is successful, they aren’t everything. Muscles are visible. We can see them. When you look at John Cena, Brock Lesnar, or The Rock or Ronda Rousey, it’s pretty clear they’re ripped. And you clearly wouldn’t want to try to steal their money as they slip out of the grocery store or a restaurant.
But look at Dr. Yang. Think about the martial arts instructors you know. How many of them do you know have a physique like those world-class athletes? Not many. That’s because, I think, they understand the concept of jing.
Dr. Yang explains between the explicit qualities of muscular strength and implicit qualities of jing:
“You can’t tell the strength of a bow by looking at it; rather, you must pull it to see if it has the potential to generate a lot of power. Once it releases an arrow, the strength of the jing is shown by the power (li) of the arrow.”
He breaks jing down into two types.
Manifested jing is easier for me to grasp, and it’s what he spends a bulk of the book talking about. It involves contact with somebody else, and he demonstrates each sub-class of manifested jing with a tai chi chuan application.
Sensing jing, Dr. Yang says, does not require contact with the other person. It’s when you sense another person’s motion or energy and ultimately know his intentions.
If you’ve wanted to learn more about jing, or you just wanted to get some cool new tai chi chuan fighting applications, get this book. It is one I will be reading again to catch what I missed the first time.
Dr. Yang explains that just going through the motions of the practice is not enough. In order to reach the Yin and Yang the student must also know the principles and purpose of the movements and the philosophy behind them. Otherwise, the student is merely learning only half of the art and is not fully reaching the higher levels of Tai Chi.
The book is very well written and the photos are clear and can be followed easily enough in learning the movements. The chapters include: 1) The history of Tai Chi; 2) Chi and Taijiquan; and 3) Jing Martial Power.
Jing is usually very little known and usually very little understood but Dr. Yang explains this part of Martial Power, how it is used and its relationship.to Tai Chi. Dr Yang opens up the discussion of Jing in order for more research to be done in the mystery of this form and power. This chapter also describes and explains the movements in this form of Martial Arts and should be interesting to any level student.
I am hoping for a DVD covering this book to complement all the information brought forward by Dr. Yang. This has been an interesting and educational reading in my journey through the learning of Tai Chi.. This book has been an excellent addition to my library.