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5.75 out of 10 (4 reviews)
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By M GreenPittsburgh, PA, USA

Jose Figueroa's series of DVDs on silk reeling are the best video training aid available to learn this skill, so far as I know. Silk reeling refers to a form of whole body movement that involves relaxation, heightened sensitivity to the body and to gravity, and a kind of kinetic spiraling that…
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Fa Jing and the Secrets of Explosive Power

Chen Style Tai Chi Progressive Silk Reeling, Series III

With José Figueroa

DVD, 1 hour 20 minutes

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Fa Jing and the Secrets of
Explosive Power

Chen Style Tai Chi Progressive Silk Reeling, Series III

 
"Revered Internal System Offers the Gift of Enhanced Energy, Rooted Strength and a Cat-Like Grace of Movement— Regardless of Your Chosen Martial Art"
 

Chen, the original Tai Chi style, has long been revered for its combination of fluid grace, high energy, explosive power and devastating martial applications. Yet until recently, the fundamental training required to truly generate these remarkable results remained the closely guarded secret of the Chen Family's own inner circle.

This all changed when the leading modern-day Chen Style representative, Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, decided to publicly reveal the true essentials behind Chen's superiority as a martial art. Extracting and distilling the absolute core principles of Chen Style, he created the now-legendary Silk Reeling Qigong system. To quote Chen Xiaowang, Silk Reeling represents the foundational roots, as opposed to the leaves and branches, of true martial mastery. A focus on mastery of these foundational roots will allow you to more quickly develop high-level skills in ANY of the myriad martial forms you may then to choose to learn.

Grandmaster Ren Guang Yi—Chen Xiaowang's most senior disciple and his leading representative in the US—in turn passed this knowledge to Jose Figueroa. Master Figueroa is uniquely qualified to convey these essential cultivation secrets in a way that makes them immediately accessible to a Western audience. After over 20 years of dedicated classical Chen Style practice, as the co-author of three Chen Style books and with a highly extensive teaching background, Jose Figueroa is able to break down the Silk Reeling methods with extreme clarity, precision and attention to the crucial detail.

According to the Chen Family, both superior movement and the mastery of Qi are grounded in impeccable body mechanics. Immense emphasis is placed on exact alignment, supreme coordination of movement, proper balance and a deep understanding of relaxation and tension in the body. Jose Figueroa has developed a careful progression of methods that ensure practitioners develop a solid foundation in each step of this powerful system.

Individual movement sequences and techniques are demonstrated from three angles, followed by a highly detailed explanation of every key element needed to extract maximum benefit from that method.

Series III reveals many of the Chen family's inner secrets for developing Fa Jing—that dramatically explosive release of power, which is considered to be a hallmark of their art. Series III represents the culmination and integration of all lessons learned in the Progressive Silk Reeling program.

While further enhancing your energy, power, strength and movement skills:

  • Discover how to generate a powerful torque focused in both horizontal and vertical planes
  • Learn how to recruit and suddenly express a powerful surge of Yang energy from may parts of the body
  • Develop true waist power for highly effective pivoting, thrusting and striking techniques
  • Develop a refined economy of movement and highly agile footwork
 
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5.75 out of 10 (4 reviews)
 
 
Rated 8/10 A good training aid
 
By M Green / Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Jose Figueroa's series of DVDs on silk reeling are the best video training aid available to learn this skill, so far as I know. Silk reeling refers to a form of whole body movement that involves relaxation, heightened sensitivity to the body and to gravity, and a kind of kinetic spiraling that is akin to the movement of a cracking whip. This is a different kind of movement than what a lot of other martial arts do/use, and it is not easy to learn. Some would question whether it's possible to fully learn silk reeling from a video. I think the answer is, these are reasonably good instructional videos, and it's a way to begin learning something that's esoteric but worth knowing. It's not a substitute for training directly with a master in China, and a seriously interested student is going to want to do reading beyond the videos. But neither of those points detracts from the videos themselves. Responding to other criticisms: no, these DVDs are not focused on the idea of "chi" as a magical power that has nothing to do with physical technique. If that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere. Second, a question was raised about "fa jing," explosive power, and whether these DVDs cover it. The answer is that skilled silk reeling movement can both be used to absorb kinetic energy coming in, and also to project it explosively going out. The third DVD is an introduction to the latter. Is it everything there is to know on the subject? Nope. But is it a place to start for somebody who wants to learn and has no teacher? Yes, it is. I would recommend these DVDs, based on my own experience learning from them.

 
Rated 10/10 Jose Figueroa's Chen Style DVDs are exceptional
 
By Walt G. / Pittsburgh, United States

José Figueroa's Chen Style Tai Chi Progressive Silk Reeling DVDs are exceptional. Mr. Figueroa presents the very core aspects of Tai Chi which reveal how and why it is a true, powerful martial art and not just a method of gentle exercise as is so often depicted in the west. Indeed it does provide a great deal of gentle stretching and joint mobility but it also provides fantastic power from full body-mind engagement which will make you a more powerful and more efficient person via training your body and mind to function together. You do not need to be a martial artist to use these DVDs although you might become one with them!

Mr. Figueroa's warm up routine, meditation, and breathing instructions (Fa Jing and the Secrets of Explosive Power) are just about worth the price of admission alone.

The production quality is excellent. I have never seen any martial arts video with this level of visual quality. Also, every Tai Chi exercise is demonstrated fully with a front, back, and side view. This is extremely helpful.

Thanks to Mr. Figueroa and Dragondoor for finally bringing true Tai Chi to the west.

- Walt

 
Rated 3/10 Fa Jing
 
By Peter Seow / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chen Xiaowang's fajing uses only body mechanics not chi.

If one cannot use chi alone to fajing or develop chi in taichi then it's not taichi.

 
Rated 2/10 misleading
 
By Ted Adams / Albuquerque, USA

Fa jing is as you know discharging energy. Silk reeling is body coordination and is essential but on dvds it is normally listed as a tape on silk reeling not fajing. There was nothing on issuing energy on the DVD. Nothing about rooting and taking it to the ground.
I was very disappointed in the tape. You didn't talk about open and closing the kua. Sorry but true and find it less than helpful.

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