I have mentioned quite often about Taiji Pushing Hands technique, such as in Pushing Hand in Chen Taichi. But what is the practical use of Pushing Hands beside pushing hands with some old and respectable master ?
Well, first it trains your legs (lower body) to be physically strong and grounded. The movements soon develop into Rooting Technique just like in Wing Chun stance where energy in your Dantien sink down and become more connected to the Earth Yin Qi. Second it helps you to understand how and when to borrow, redirect, reflect and amplify the opponent’s energy that comes to you. (more…)
In martial arts we know that having a strong and grounded stance is extremely vital during a fight, especially in combat against a grappler; Jiujitsu, Judo, Aikido styles for example.
Losing balance in a serious life-threatening situation also means you have likely decided the outcome of the confrontation.
There are many different ways to improve the coordination of the body in order to control the falling, but physical training that does not teach the student to draw the natural Qi energy from the earth will not help him much against a powerful push. (more…)
Pushing your enemy without using too much force is a Taiji principle.
Without learning pushing hands, you cannot say that you know Taiji very well. So pushing hands is very important in Taiji. Why?
Because Taiji concerns itself with the center using a centralized energy to make others lose their center .
When a person loses their center of gravity, although they may possess great physical power, they still cannot use it. So pushing hands is a basic Taiji technique used to make others lose their centre of gravity.
Of course, whatever you do must conform with the principles of Taiii and apply the principles of center.
An example of the principle of center.
1. When your enemy stands close to you and grasps your arm, let him come near; then slide your front leg with heel forward to his center. Because you are relaxed, your enemy’s force will be useless and his force empty.
At this opportunity you should push back, but not only with the hand!
You should push with your center (waist) and spiral the energy from the heel to the waist, transfer it to the hand and then move the weight to the front leg.
The energy will then become very strong.
By knowing the principle of pushing, you already have the key to open the Taiji door.