Tai chi push hands

Tai chi push hands

Joined: April 5th, 2005, 1:14 am

October 8th, 2007, 10:08 pm #1

I've recently become interested in an art that I've never thought of as martial before. It looks like an interesting way to improve your base and become more sensitive to your opponent. If you're familiar with the art, I'd be interested to get your take. If You're wondering what I'm talking about, here's a link to a video demonstrating technique and one explaining the art.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=hkyq9FljlG8

http://www.taichiacademy.com/pushhands.htm


I always thought Tai Chi was best represented by the following video:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0W1ym3yggR4

Take it out on the heavy bag,

Chuck Peterson
Peterson_charlie@hotmail.com
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Joined: March 10th, 2004, 8:26 pm

October 8th, 2007, 11:12 pm #2

under good instruction, tai chi chuan will compliment kenpo, with base and sensitivity (as you said)... plus, balance, fluidity, and mobility as well.

after a while, one of the biggest benefits is its way of developing martial intent within calm awareness... kind of the black dot / white dot focus thing. teaches you restraint and patience, not to anticipate or react, within spontaneous situations. teaches you to keep yourself in the here-and-now, first in solo exercises, forms, then in push hands up through sparring (what can be more here-and-now than a fist coming at your head?)

the logical progression of the push hands (which that first youtube video is very good) is from cooperative to non-cooperative. first through uprooting, then locking, and finally with controlled striking. you move from fixed stance, to linear, to circular, to free form mobility as well.

check out my website: http://www.silkwindstudio.com

gotta get some vids up one of these days....

pete.


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Joined: June 3rd, 2007, 9:01 am

October 9th, 2007, 8:36 am #3

I've recently become interested in an art that I've never thought of as martial before. It looks like an interesting way to improve your base and become more sensitive to your opponent. If you're familiar with the art, I'd be interested to get your take. If You're wondering what I'm talking about, here's a link to a video demonstrating technique and one explaining the art.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=hkyq9FljlG8

http://www.taichiacademy.com/pushhands.htm


I always thought Tai Chi was best represented by the following video:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0W1ym3yggR4

Take it out on the heavy bag,

Chuck Peterson
Peterson_charlie@hotmail.com
when i was doing tai chi back in the 90's my teacher had some interesting ways to do a tai chi.

balancing on bricks and and different size logs( like kung fu poles and or low stance chen syle

doing push hands solo with with a 50 lb metal pole, across the top of forearms

dynamic tension style

tai chi form with tea cups filled with water.

tai chi forms at super slow pace

and standing meditation style

forms holding sand bags and short logs(to build grip).

i haven't come across any other tai chi teachers that train this way.
tai chi moves and break down


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Joined: March 1st, 2005, 1:42 pm

October 9th, 2007, 12:45 pm #4

I've recently become interested in an art that I've never thought of as martial before. It looks like an interesting way to improve your base and become more sensitive to your opponent. If you're familiar with the art, I'd be interested to get your take. If You're wondering what I'm talking about, here's a link to a video demonstrating technique and one explaining the art.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=hkyq9FljlG8

http://www.taichiacademy.com/pushhands.htm


I always thought Tai Chi was best represented by the following video:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0W1ym3yggR4

Take it out on the heavy bag,

Chuck Peterson
Peterson_charlie@hotmail.com
Well, I just started doing Tai Chi push hands. Tai Chi is one of the components of our Praying Mantis. Most of my fellow students our new to the push hands, but we are getting used to it. I participated in push hands at a tournament and didnt do so well since I was new. One and done. Now, I am now understanding by what the judges kept telling me. Use your Tai Chi principles. I am starting to plant better and I am now using my core to roll more instead of pushing. After doing the Tai Chi form Yilu, I am now finding out how to use my core instead of my muscles.

Whoever said that Tai Chi was easy is lying!

Hope this helps.
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Joined: August 26th, 2005, 6:04 pm

October 10th, 2007, 3:40 pm #5

your first video link shows what looks like the REAL application.

In this video here, I think they are FAKING the same thing
http://youtube.com/watch?v=WKtK-ifyasc

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Joined: April 5th, 2005, 1:14 am

October 10th, 2007, 8:14 pm #6

Gosh, I don't know. It looked real to me.

Take it out on the heavy bag,

Chuck Peterson
Peterson_charlie@hotmail.com
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