Monday, October 20, 2008

Push Hands

Push Hands in Chinese is 推手(tui shou). It is an important practice in learning Tai Chi. Some call it the gateway to understand the martial aspects of Tai Chi, or the application of Tai Chi.

Like the movements of Tai Chi Chuan, Push Hands is also a kind of template or drills to facilitate the practitioners in daily exercise. Over the years, people summarized different kinds of techniques into a set of routine drills. Each drill can be used individually for two people to practice together.

During push hands practice, two people keep their hands touched and feel about each other's power and intention; and use different techniques to neutralize the opposite power. It looks like combating in a peaceful way.

Nan will soon start teaching push hands at Langley Park Community Center. Please contact the Center directly for class details.