TAIJIQUAN FELLING TECHNIQUES — CARRY TIGER BACK TO MOUNTAIN
Carry Tiger Back to Mountain
Some people may be surprised that felling an opponent forms an important part of Taijiquan training. Here students at a regional Taijiquan course in Spain in August 2005 use the pattern “Carry Tiger Back to Mountain” to fell their opponent. A good stance is needed to execute this felling technique effectively.
You must also let your sparring partner fall gently onto the ground, without hurting him (or her). The sparring partner must know how to fall safely. His palm must be the last, not the first, to touch the ground when he falls. If he tries to stop his fall with his hand, as many untrained persons instinctively do, he may break his hand.
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