DEVELOPING COMBAT SKILLS IN PUSHING HANDS

Wahnam Taijiquan, Tai Chi Chuan

“Tui Shou”, or Pushing Hands, provides an ingenious method in Taijiquan to develop important combat skills like sensing an opponent's movements and intension, following an opponent's momentum and turning it again him, appropriate body-movement and footwork, being relaxed in combat situations, generating energy flow and building internal force.

It is precisely for this reason of developing skills, that techniques are purposely reduced to the bare minimum, in order that students can free their mind from thinking what techniques to use so as to focus on their skills. In stationary Pushing Hands, for example, only one technique, “White Snake Shoots Venom”, is used by the initiator, and only one technique, “Immortal Waves Sleeves”, is used by the responder. In mobile Pushing Hands, the initiator only uses “Open Window to Look at Moon”, and the responder “Immortal Waves Sleeves”.

When an initiator attacks, the responder does not block or go against the momentum of the attack. He “yields” to the attack, deflects it, and turns it against the opponent, all flowing with the opponent's momentum. This implements the Taijiquan principles of “using minimum force against maximum strength”, and “using an opponent's strength against himself”.

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Neutralizing an Opponent's Force

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“Hua jin”, or eutralizing an opponent's force, is a very important skill in Taijiquan. It is often, though incompletely, translated as “yielding”.

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Short Range and Medium Range

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If an opponent's attack is short range, you can neutralize by using only hand movement, If the attack is medium range, you use both hand-movement and body-movement. If the attack is long range (shown in the next video clip), you use hand-movement, body-movement and leg-movement.

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Long Range Attack

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When the attack is long range, using just hand-movement and body-movement is insufficient; you need to use leg-movement to move away into another stance.

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Securing a Tactical Advantage in Leg-Mode

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When an opponent rolls forward, you roll back. When he steps forward, you step back. In this way you maintain the same leg-mode as he does. But if you wish to use a different leg-mode as his, such as for a tactical advantage, you can step back as he rolls forward, or roll back as he steps forward.

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Securing a Tactical Advantage in Side-Attack

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You may also secure a tactical advantage by attacking your opponent from his sides. Notice that here Grandmaster Wong pushes from his back leg, and not from his shoulders.

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Neutralizing an opponent's Advantage

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As Grandmaster Wong attacks from his left side, Sifu Robin neutralizes Grandmaster Wong's advantage by moving to his left side too.

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Pushing from the Sides

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Earlier Grandmaster Wong pushed from his left side. Now he demonstrates pushing from his right side. Notice that Grandmaster Wong covers Sifu Robin's arms to prevent him from counter-attacking. Sifu Robin responds using the appropriate footwork, body-movement and hand-technique.

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Enjoying Pushing Hands

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Participants enjoy themselves Pushing Hands, applying the techniques they have just learnt. Some of them, like Priya near the statue of Bodhisattva Guan Yin, are fresh beginners.

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Getting to the Back of your Opponent

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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how you could get to the back of your opponent. You need to prepare your foot-position and cover your opponent as you move to his back.

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Neutralizing an Opponent's Attack from the Back

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Sifu Robin shows how to neutralize Grandmaster Wong's attack from the back, and counter-attack. If Grandmaster is not skillful, he would be hit by Sifu Robin as he completes his attack.

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Importance of Footwork

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Footwork is very important in Pushing Hands, as shown in this video clip. In the background are Sifu Robin of England and Sifu Jeffrey of Australia enjoying themselves.

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Spontaneity of Movements

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In Pushing Hands, as in free sparring or actual combat, movements must be effective as well as spontaneous while maintaining correct form and executed with good force and speed. Pablo, the one partnering the woman, Anne Marie, is a fresh beginner, yet he could move effectively and spontaneously after systematic training for just two days.

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