Pushing Hand is a form of natural therapy that aims
to promote natural health- it is considered an alternative and natural
treatment used to enhance a happy and healthy lifestyle.
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What is Pushing Hands?
is a rhythmical, non-competitive exercise between two people, keeping
constant contact with your partner. It is therefore non-physical
with no power-to-power techniques being used. The chance is given
for each partner to utilise techniques from the Tai Chi Chuan Form.
The exercise teaches a student to be submissive (invest in loss)
and is a passive form of combat, teaching the subtle and more sensitive
areas of the Martial Arts. To "invest in loss" means to
be willing to lose balance, in order to acquire it. To be prepared
Philosophy of Pushing Hands
aim is to feel the sensitivity of your partner's energy, intention
and movements. You then redirect and borrow their strength to your
advantage. To do this you must harmonise with them until both of
you fuse into one. You must give to every ounce of pressure exerted
toward you and offer no resistance. Thought has no part in the action
of Pushing Hands, the action only comes from feeling. The movements
should relate to a figure eight -being continuous and flowing in
action. There should be no jagged motion, no starting and stopping
- like the figure four.
person's skin, muscles, bones, joints and spine all relay information
to you. Listen to your partner's body movement - teach yourself
to read subtle body signs and sensations. Your partner's eyes may
deceive you but their feelings cannot. Pushing Hands becomes an
exchange of energy between two people. Try to anticipate by feeling
the movements before they happen. Do not interfere with the other
person's will. The force is channelled through the body and then
neutralized or returned to your partner. Do not concentrate solely
on technique, i.e. moving the other persons arm out of the way,
but focus attention on the empty space (yin) made by the incoming
attack (punch, kick, etc.) . These are the unprotected areas.
skill of paying attention and adapting is taught in Pushing Hands,
it blends the attentions of two people together until individual
boundaries are meaningless. A simple imagery is to image any yang
aspect of Pushing Hands (pressure, force coming up from the ground,
moving forward - black) , and any yin aspect (lightness, force being
grounded and neutralized, moving backward - white). Pushing Hands
should be played by concentrating on this moving pattern of black
and white. The criteria of imagery must be understood in pictorial
terms of black and white. Power comes from the relationship of the
balance between yin and yang - this is internal power. External
power is yang as opposed to yin. There is a limit to the amount
of yang power you may have, but there is no limit to the perfection
of the balance between yin and yang.
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