The ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi uses many different tools and techniques for self defense. Among these is the use of Qi for martial arts purposes. Qi is the vigorous or life force of the body. Qi it is not often well understood in the west and is sometimes made out to seem mysterious by those who teach about it. However, Qi can be explained by way of western science, specifically in light of biology and physics.
Jings are expressions or shapings of Qi for a purpose by mind intent. Electrical Jing is one of the 36 different kinds of Jings in Tai Chi. Some of these Jings are purely physical while others are vigorous in character. An progressive practitioner of can express Jings, either physical or vigorous, with no outward physical movement. While Jings cannot always be seen, they can definitely be felt.
Electrical Jing increases the flow of electrical energy by the body. The ancient Chinese discovered major pathways of internal energy flow. They called these the Microcosmic orbit and the Macrocosmic orbit.The Microcosmic orbit flows down the front of the body to the groin and then up the spine. The Macrocosmic flows from the top of the head down the front of the body all the way to the feet and then up the back of the spine again. These two orbits are in many people cut off or limited in their flow and Tai Chi is designed to increase the flow of energy by these channels.
The first thing many students learn in Tai Chi is a posture called Wu Chi. Wu Chi is a standing posture that is designed to open up the Macrocosmic and microcosmic orbits. Clear’s Tai Chi has 13 basic points concerning proper Wu Chi stance. If students have these points correctly, they can put their hands together and feel an energy ball without having to do anything to form the ball if they have the proper Wu Chi posture. This energy ball shows that the Macro and Microcosmic orbits are opening up and flowing more freely.
Once students have a sense for how an energy ball feels in the hands, they can do the set paying attention to whether their energy is on or not. If, at a certain place in their set, the energy ball turns off, it method that something has gone wrong with their movement which has cut of the vigorous flow. Students can then go back, figure out what cut off the flow of energy, and correct it.
An important part of building electric jing is relaxation. In order to let energy flow by the body, the Tai Chi student must be completely relaxed. This is one source of a major misconception about Tai Chi. Because Tai Chi is usually practiced as a series of slow, fluid, relaxed motions, many people get the idea that the art is not for combat purposes or else they believe that in order to use it for combat, the moves must be performed more tensely so that they will have strength.
Unfortunately, neither of these ideas is correct. Although it can be used for health and healing purposes, Tai Chi is truly a powerful martial art. One of the reasons it is often practiced in a very relaxed manner is in order to allow students to develop the vigorous flow necessary to unprotected to the deadly aspects of the art.