Jeijin – receiving energy

According to Huang Sheng-Shyan, the difference between taiji and other martial arts, is that taiji can ultimately develop jeijin (receiving energy), where yielding, neutralizing and discharging, all happen simultaneously. There is hardly any physical movement, and no mental intention at all, everything happens spontaneously and naturally.

The practitioner is in a state of absolute central equilibrium, the posture is totally connected and relaxed with the feet deeply rooted. The mind is calm and as still as a mountain. By being totally connected, connected and relaxed the body become an empty void. When an external force contacts, the body does not resist it, the force just passes through until it hits the ground and rebounds back throwing the opponent. Similar to pile driving during construction work, the deeper the pile is driven into the earth, the higher the hammer rebounds.

Achieving jeijin (receiving energy) indicates attaining shenming (taiji enlightment), at which point (sparring) techniques becomes irrelevant.

Taijiquan Wuwei, Kee-Jin Wee Oct 2003
ISBN: 0473097818

Page: 64


  1. According to Master Sam Tam the force need not always the travel the whole way to the ground and back but can simply bounce back from your center (dantien) expanding equally to all sides.

  2. Jwing-Ming Yang uses the term Jieh Jing (borrowing jing)

    Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan: Tai Chi Theory and Tai Chi Jing: 1 Jwing-Ming Yang, Ymaa Pub 1986
    ISBN: 0940871165

    Pages: 177-180

  3. Everybody having spent a few years in taiji knows that (of borrowing energy and “rebouncing”). The key that has never really been explicitly described is how to train to manifest that type of skill. Most you hear about is “Just learn to relax.” However, what kind of drills? What are the steps?

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