hands is a quiet and gentle cooperative exercise involving two people.
Their arms and hands alternately carry out pushing and yielding action
with the aim of increasing their capacity to relax under pressure. This
can be summarized by saying push hands involves the interplay of opposites:
positive and negative, relaxation and force, yin and yang.
Why is it important to practice push hands?
The three pillars of T'ai Chi Ch'uan are the practice of forms, meditation and push hands. The T'ai Chi Ch'uan master of the past invented the game of push hands as a method or sparring. It is especially good for developing the sensitivity to listen to your opponent's actions. If you are correctly following the T'ai Chi Ch'uan principals of Relaxation, Natural Continuous Motion, Circular Motion, Sinking and Rooting you will see this in your pushing hands practice. Besides being the test of your T'ai Chi Ch'uan principals in action, it is also a wonderful way to share energy between two people, and it's fun.
. 2. When attacking your opponent you should not attack him immediately. Your hands must first lightly touch his body, and as soon as you interpret that he is going to resist you, you yield (withdraw) slightly and then immediately attack.
When interpreting your opponent's energy, you should not put too much
weight against him during the time of interpretation. If you have too
much weight against him and he moves you may too easily come off balance.
To improve your Push Hands and ultimately your T'ai Chi Ch'uan you must
"invest in loss"
The Purpose of Push Hands
2. The practitioner learns how to empty the body of all force. When one rids the body of force, one can experience what it is like to be a twinkling star; the body is there and yet it is not there.
Through understanding the principals of push hands, one can learn to balance
Yin and Yang in daily experience. Thus the quality of life as a whole