Walking Jin – you already know how to make Jin
Our body naturally produces Jin when we walk. This is why the internal arts of Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang practice walking in their training. We learn to transfer the power of our walking step into our hand actions. When we analyze the various things that occur when we take one step it is very interesting. We cannot simply put our foot out and put our weight over it to take a step. This would be like stilt walking and would not have anything to do with the production of Jin. When we sink into the foot it makes a compression. This compression releases when we press the foot. Something else also happens . The compression in the foot causes the proprioreceptors in the foot to open the spine by filling the joints with synovial fluid. When the spine is open all of the joints open. This is fluid hydraulics. When the joints are open they stretch the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and fascia. When this tissue is stretched its stores kinetic energy. When the joints are allowed to close then the stored kinetic energy is released outward through the fascia . This release causes a compression in the spine which may be transferred to the feet Creating another compression to be released up again. The act of walking causes both of compression in the tissue but also in the joints of the body. Our awareness of these energies helps us to utilize them. Walking naturally creates these various phases that we can observe through careful attention while we practice. Eventually we can use these energies to our advantage in transition and in application.