True Meaning of Bā Jìn 八勁 – Eight Jìn
The principle also includes Bā Jìn, which are Péng 掤, Lǚ 履, Jǐ 擠, Àn 按, Cǎi 採, Liè 裂, Zhǒu 肘, Kào 靠. The principle of Tàijí 太极 says that everything has two energies one is Yīn and one if Yang. In the Bā Jìn, the Yīn Jìn – Yīn energies are Péng, Lǚ, Jǐ and Àn. These are softer and the most common and the energies that we should use learn first. We learn them during the Tuī Shǒu 推手 – Pushing Hands routine, before we start to “fight”. In Chén Shì Tàijíquán 陈式太极拳 – Chen Style Tàijíquán, one partner is doing Lǚ, Àn, Jǐ and Péng. One is doing Lǚ, the other is doing Jǐ, partner doing Lǚ will change to Àn and the partner doing Jǐ will to Péng, then Àn will change to Jǐ, and Péng will change to Lǚ – so it repeats again and again. It does not matter which leg is at the front as long as we flow along together.