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Push Hands Albert V Hassan 2009 Finals

Push Hands  is used too train listening skills, following and controlling your opponent at close quarters

Push Hands Drills A sequence of repeated movements practiced so the movement can become smooth and the drill can become trained in the body memory a little like a solider drilling on a parade ground?

Well this could not be further from the truth yes it a drill but it is a living drill with constant change in speed in force in intention. One way this is obvious to see and feel is when you change and do the drill with someone else everything is different except for you. First we learn the Push Hand drill then we practice the drill not the drill it self but all the movement in between. These are the building blocks of controlling an opponent when going forward back up down, this is done mainly by developing listening skills making your body sensitive to force, direction, intent and training our mind to responed. I have been in numerous competitions and it is clear that the practice of Pushing Hands drills are essential to combat as well as competition. Many student only follow force coming towards them and only instinctively follow force when they are applying it, it is this force more than the other that builds the skill that is needed to apply the full teachings of Tai Chi Chuan. It is important to know your movements both advancing and retreating this way you always have control of your movement, Fa-Jing (explosive energy)  is the answer i hear when i speak of following when pushing, my answer is this Fa-Jing can be slow and fast but it must be measured and you must know your Fa-Jing in this way it will not be Blind, unfocused force. Tai Chi In some ways is learning about your self both the big movements and small why would you abandon this for the sake of a short victory or a small gain.

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