True Meaning of Bā Jìn 八勁 – Eight Jìn
During the walking, we will move our position most of the time and we will understand the meaning of the first four Jìn. We should do them softly until we get are good enough to make these movement flow smoothly. The Bā Jìn 八勁 – Eight Jìn contains pairs of Jìn, so, there are four pairs. The first is the most important and is Péng 掤 – Expanding and Lǚ 履 – Contracting. One is expanding and the other is contracting, the perfect pair. This is the principle of Tàijí 太极 and also the principle of nature. Tàijí means one, this one has two parts inside, Yīn 陰 and Yáng 陽. Péng is Yáng, because it is expanding and Lǚ is Yīn as it is contracting. These are the fundamental energies of Tàijíquán 太极拳. They are in the other pairs of Jìn, in all the movements of the form, the applications – basically they are in everything in Tàijíquán. They are also in nature like breathing, moving, our senses, food, the air, life – everything.