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Kong Jin 空劲 Emptying Strength

Kong Jin 空劲 Emptying Strength is one of several types of internal strength or internal workmanship. The name literally means “empty” or “emptying.” If I have finished my coffee, I might say that my cup is 空了empty. But empty strength is more than becoming empty so that the appearance of substance is all there is; it can be used to empty the energy from an opponent.

Wudang Taiji, Part 1, with a focus on Kong Jin


The key is the idea that we can learn to become insubstantial just as we can learn to become substantial. Kong Jin in taiji push hands would most often result in the opponent not having anything to act on because whatever is there is empty. It’s part withdrawal of energy and part being still.

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