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Pushing Hands: The Application of T’ai Chi Ch’uan

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Left: A Primary "Double Hands Method"
Right: Wu Style's "Cloud Hands" (Fast Set)

Initially, T’ai Chi’s Pushing Hands can be both insightful and a joy to learn. However, mastering and applying it in self-defense situations can take additional time to assimilate over most other martial arts’ particular techniques. That could be why more and more T’ai Chi practitioners choose to use external means or obvious tactics, instead of the resiliency and subtleties derived from T’ai Chi’s Push Hands. On the left is the basic double-hands method of Wu Style’s Pushing Hands practice. On the right, lightness (cultivated through Push Hands training) is utilized to neutralize an attempt at a standing arm bar (and ensuing arm drag), and then, in turn, the opponent’s grasp of the defender’s arm is used as both an entry and a pivot point to redirect the opponent’s energy and force. While T’ai Chi’s Push Hands may take a lifetime to master, the journey along the way offers many personal rewards.

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