Just one random thought that occurred to me while watching this was another thing you can do with the point of contact, which is to apply a kind of 'friction brake' to it - i.e. still allow it to come towards you, but put just enough pressure on the arm (say, with your palm) that it slows the incoming strike down as well as slightly deflecting it. I use this quite often when I can't get out of the way of something in time. So, you're not blocking or stopping the strike, you're slowing its approach and positioning yourself in a good position to attack - I guess it's a bit similar to the 'slide' method you mention, but has more friction.
Seems like such a technique would only attach your structure to your opponent, with which a skilled practitioner could easily use for bridge and control. It is a place where REAL Fa Jin could be applied.
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Haven't watched the entire clips. Really liked your example at about 7:45, RobP2. The a, b, c, d steps are familiar, having gone over them, too, but seem way too complicated compared to a "natural" move.
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