One of the most enjoyable, necessary, and treasured training methods for taijiquan is push hands or tuī shǒu (推手). This two person practice is the key to developing sensitivity or listening skills (tīng jìn or 听劲), as well as a chance to practice issuing power (fā jìn or 发劲) in a relatively safe & controlled environment.
There are many of the most important skills of taijiquan, which are especially developed, honed, and accessible through the integral practice of push hands.
Except, the world over, there are …
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Truth be told that you become what you train for. If you want to be a pilot, go to a pilot school that teaches you how to fly a plane with lots of hands on experience in flying real planes. Don’t go to a school that only have a simulator but no real plane to fly. If self defense is the goal, then make sure your training involves some realistic self defense situation with lots of sparring and testing. If push hand is the goal, then lots of body sensitivity and power work with non-compliant partners. If health is the goal, make sure the training really gives you health not just fitness.
Learning Cycle – Erroneous Zone of Training
There are four stages of learning. First stage is unconscious incompetence where no learning is possible when you don’t even know what you don’t know. Second, …
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