[Pushing Hands] - Introduction to T'ai Chi Pushing Hands
What Is Pushing Hands?
You and your opponent, standing face to face. You try to push your opponent off his/her balance and to move from where he/she stands, when you stay put to your spot and keep your balance. It usually takes only 1 minute to win or lose a round.
What Is the Essence of Pushing Hands?
Two players pushing hands are like two confronting operating systems. The purpose of each system is to keep its own balance. When challenged by an opponent, it’s like being hacked by another system. If the hacker system manages to find a way to breach the defenses of the hacked system, it could win. However, the way of attacking will be acquired by the hacked system and added to its defense database. So if the next time you try to hack it through the same way, it probably will not work.
How to Improve Your Skill?
Invent new ways to attack, such as the use of feint (and to feint to be feinting), inertia (to make your opponent lose his/her balance), and so on.
What’s Interesting About Pushing Hands?
Pushing hands is a competitive game, like playing basketball or badminton. The rivalry is one of the places where the fun is at. Also, you need to think about and innovate upon the ways to attack and defense. Pushing hands, in essence, is a kind of martial arts. You can explore into the Chinese culture and wisdom behind it, with which we are lucky enough to nourish ourselves.