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Push Hands

imageTui Shou or Push-hands, is a link between solo form practice and martial application. The practice adheres to tai chi principles and is based on the “Shi San Shi” learned in previous lessons. It is practiced with a partner in an interplay or exchange of techniques learned during solo form study.

Through tui shou practice the student learns to “listen”, “stick”, “follow”, “adhere”, “neutralize” and “discharge”.  By relying on these principles, the student learns to use softness in order to overcome strength. Without push hands practice, the student cannot appreciate the martial content within the solo form.

Push hands is learned in stages and it behooves the student to follow each level carefully to avoid habits he/she will later regret.