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Tai Chi originally started out as a fighting art. Which means that every move found within a Tai Chi form has a self defense application.
Today most people think that Tai Chi is just some form of slow low impact exercise for the elderly. Don’t get me wrong, Tai Chi Class can be a very good form exercise, but we must also learn the fighting aspect of Tai Chi for our training to be complete.
Here you see a class drill meant to teach tactile sensitivity. Which basically means the ability to feel our opponents balance through touching them on the wrist.
Knowing where your opponent’s center of gravity is the first skill to acquire. The second skill is to learn to follow up by pushing your opponent off balance.
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Transcript: This is a quick tip for Chinese Tai Chi Push Hand. Kaitlyn and I are going to demonstrate one of the first things that you learn in tai chi, which is to redirect force. So she has her right foot forward and I have my right foot forward. We are going to get into our tai Chi stance and what we are going to work on is when someone is pushing against your chest like this. Now this is like a worst case scenario for a Tai Chi practitioner. You don’t want to be where your arm is pinned to your chest like this, but when we are here it does teach you to move your hips. And.. so the first thing the first drill that I teach in my Tai chi class is to take your hips when someone has their hand on you like this and they are pushing in, and you are going to redirect this incoming force by turning like this. Now the beauty of Chinese martial arts is that they take something very simple like this and they turn it into a drill. And so what we are going to do is we are going to take turns doing this same drill. My daughter Kaitlyn here umm.. is going to push in and I am going to turn. Now it’s my turn I’m going to pin her arm to her chest. She’s going to turn her hip here and redirect the force. I can no longer push her off balance, because she’s redirected the force outward. So now we start here again. I turn. Start here again she turns. We start here again, I turn. So it becomes a repetitive drill. Kaitlyn place your hand on your hip like this, and we are going to have a slight forward lean to our bodies. Now we take this and we try to smooth this out, and make this into a very fluid, relaxed drill. There’s is no need for power when doing this. I would rather you relax and take things very slowly. So this is push hands also know as Tui Shou. One of the great masters umm.. Ma Yueh Liang, which is a Wu style tai chi master, He said: your tai chi training is incomplete without a comprehensive study of push hand. it’s only really, a full art when you can share, between two people the feeling of Tai Chi. and umm.. I would really love to have you as our next Tai Chi student. If you are interested in our Tai Chi Classes please give us a call.