A Push Hands Compendium

The Essence of Push Hands in Tai ChiPush Hands may be the source of more frustration in the martial arts than anything else, including stubbed toes. My own feelings in teaching and also judging “Tui Shou Competitions” is that there is a carload of low level information and a paucity of high.

One possible palliative might be this book, The Essence of Taijiquan Push Hands and Fighting Technique, by Feng Zhi Qiang’s top student, Wang Fenming. It is almost a course onto itself, just on Push Hands: warm ups; Qigong; rehearsed patterns; principles and definitions, seven or eight methods.  A lengthy bonus  (and this is one of the best parts of the text, to my eyes) is the detailed explanation of the 8 essential energies of Tai Chi. Will it remove all frustrations? No, but it might eliminate a lot of the unnecessary ones.

3 Responses to “A Push Hands Compendium”

  1. Thomas Kiefer says:

    Greetings! I was wondering, what is the difference, if any, between Push Hands coming out of the Chen lineage (of which this book belongs, correct?), and the Yang lineage? Thank you!

  2. Now all I need is a practice partner!

  3. Plum Staff says:

    The most obvious differences are that Chen partners commonly address themselves mirror style (right lead faces left lead) than right-to-right as Yang players do. Also, there is a greater emphasis on deeper stances and on visible coiling actions.

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