Hi All! Fa jing is very interesting, isn't it? Apologies for any misunderstandings, but my intention is to highlight and compare two distinctive ways of generating fa jing - and not to advocate one style over another. A style's effectiveness depends upon two things;
1) The student.
2) The teacher.
As a member of the Chen family, we teach a school that is a combination of external gungfu and internal taiji. Interestingly, my Chen ancestors chose the Yang style to compliment their external Longfist. Although the fa jing is different in our longfist to the fa jing of Chen taijiquan, many of the movements are the same. One example of this is the use of deep, northern horse stances, etc. And of course, there is later Chen (small frame) taijiquan, influenced by the teachings of Yang Luchan.
'Chen Taijiquan Today
The Lao Jia or Old Frame of Chen style Taijiquan was first promoted by Chen Fa Ke in the early half of this century. The Xin Jia or New Frame, Zhao Bao style and the Hu Lei style all retain close resemblance to each other in terms of how the postures are done. The Yang style, however, varies quite greatly from the other Chen related Taijiquan styles. Given that this was the style first taught by Yang Lu Chan when he returned from the Chen villiage, it would indicated that what he was taught may have differed from the standard Chen syllabus.
However, due to the ecumenical efforts of the current generation of masters, six major styles of Taijiquan are now officially recognised. They are the Chen, Yang, Wu Yu Xiang, Wu Chien Chuan, Sun and Zhao Bao styles. The Hu Lei style is also growing in popularity and may in time be considered a major style.
The 5 greatest promoters of the art today are Feng Zhi Chiang, Wang Xi An, Chen Zhen Lei and Chen Xiao Wang. Their efforts have spread the practice of Chen Taijiquan throughout the world and continue to serve as inspirations for those who practice it.'
Also, in 1932, a copy of Ch'i Chi Kuang's 'Classic of Pugilism' was discovered in the Chen family village. Compiled by this famous Ming general in the 16th century, it contains 32 movements, taken from 20 styles, both internal and external, together with a commentary by Ch'i Chi Kuang. When viewed, the manual contains 29 postures found in Chen taijiquan. The styles contained, are all northern in origin. The Chen family, (including my own branch) have practiced Hakka martial arts for hundreds of years. They are invariably an integration of the internal and the external. My family still practice the original northern arts of Longfist and taijiquan, but many Hakkas now living in south China, practice a physical form, such as southern praying mantis, where the internal and external have been combined and merged. The form looks external, but the power generation is dependent upon the internal, etc.
Ch'i Chi Kuang's work can be found in its entirety in the book entitled;
Tai Chi Ancestors: by Douglas Wile
So the Chen family have practiced gungfu for along time. And, in my travels, I once came across a manual of gungfu, entitled 'Yang family fist', it looks like a Longfist style of somekind, has anyone heard of it?