Except for the official fast or fa-jing movements, try to avoid the common tendency to make the postures look and feel more martial. If you tense up when speeding up to strike, you will likely make your progress slower, not faster. Martially, it is not a good idea to wiggle or twist excessively when doing fa-jing although this is often the initial natural result of starting to loosen the waist. Real fa-jing is subtle and comes from the convergence of a number of skills and physical attributes—it is not just being rubbery.
As these forms are meant to be done quickly, it can very soon get out of hand in the sense that moving quickly is conducive to striking your forearms and the more vulnerable dim-mak points a little too hard. It is easy to get injured if you are striking your own elbow joints instead of the fleshy part of the muscles of the upper forearm, and even if your aim is accurate, the amount of force used is easy to overdo.
Similarly, striking the air is problematic for most beginner and intermediate levels practitioners. They are likely to hyper-extend their elbow joints in their zeal or have the energy they generate rebound or get stuck in their own body if they are still a little stiff while moving through the forms. Fa-jing practice with any intensity should be saved for practising on a mitt, shield, or heavy bag so that there is something to absorb whatever power you are capable of.
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