I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked by my students, "When will I learn to Fa Jin?"
My reply has remained fairly consistent over the years, it is the one I learned from my first Master, Si Kung Eddie Wu, a very long time ago.
He explained to me that he could not teach me Fa Jin, that all he could teach me was correct movement and that once I learned that Fa Jin would come naturally without any need for further training.
I was young and dumb (we have all been guilty of that) and felt that his answer was rather incomplete.
So, and of course, I discarded it and spent a lot of time researching this thing I sought in order to learn the secret of how to achieve it.
No research is in vain, fortunately, so I won't say I wasted my time.
Despite all of the reading and my endless questioning of those who had achieved the goal of being able to Fa Jin on how it was done I did not find that super secret hand shake that would allow me to join their ranks overnight.
Instead, and fortunately, I continued to train with Si Kung and his disciples for a number of years, learning correct movement for TCC practice.
And one day Fa Jin happened for me all by itself.
After all the time I spent seeking it, seeking it, all my will bent towards finding it, I of course didn't even recognize it once I had it.
It seemed so natural to me, so much in accordance with what I was doing, that I had no idea I had achieved it.
One of my teachers at the time laughed at me while I was training one day and told me, "I see you have finally found your precious Fa Jin."
I was stunned, to say the least.
Because by that time it seemed like such a simple thing.
So it goes with my students.
I tell them I cannot teach them Fa Jin, only correct TCC movement, and that Fa Jin will come when they have learned that.
They do not believe me...
The cycle continues.
As it always has and, most likely, always will.
A wise man once said, "There are no shortcuts".
Another wise man once said, "Shortcuts make long delays".
I find both to be very true.