Tai Chi With Attitude posts about “using yang” in his training. After reading his post, it made me think of the “stomp” often found in chen forms. What is the reason for producing loud stomps? I used to think it was cool to stomp, especially in the beginning sequences of buddha warrior pounds mortar, but overtime, I begin to question it more and more. When I learned this sequence, I wasn’t really taught anything about it, just the basic “follow me” kind of thing. The teacher stomped, so I stomped.
However, over time, I received some corrections on the movement. The main correction was to not put any weight into the right leg. Hmm.. If there is no weight in the right leg, then how can there be a stomping sound? Visually, there can be a sinking of weight associated, but if the weight is supposed to remain in the left, than producing a stomping sound would mean that weight/force has been given to the right leg, right?
Another move I’ve often seen a stomp associated with is after the move where you turn the body on one foot and right hand goes down and the left hand goes up. I don’t recall the name of this movement, but based on this listing of laojia moves, it’s the “Flashing the Arm” (Shan Tong Bei) move. Why is there a stomp after that move right before the “Hidden thrust punch”? Is it to stomp on someone’s foot?
I’ve read somewhere that both stomping and “shaking energy” as a result of fajin can be quite harmful to your body, especially the head and knees. Feng Zhiqiang is even quoted about such warnings:
While issuing power the body should be relaxed, but one should be very conscious about so-called “Shaking Power” (Dou Jin). This power has to be focused and not scattered all over the body. The more advanced one is, the smaller the shaking. When we were learning Taijiquan from Chen Fake shaking the body in Fa Li was the greatest taboo to be avoided.
Maybe I am just not skilled enough to be practicing this shaking power, but the more I think about, the more I come to the conclusion that I don’t really want to train like that. What’s the point?Â Sure, I may not “look as cool” or “explosive” when I do fajing, but so what? I guess I still don’t really know what’s the point. Any thoughts?