Add 4 ounces…


Add 4 ounces…

The Taijiquan Classics have an expression that may be translated as ” adding 4 ounces to topple 1000 pounds”. This video clip shows us practicing a drill in which we free play push hands and every neutralization that I do , I will add an additional 4 ounces to my partners directional momentum. This action, if done correctly, should cause my partner to lose their balance in the direction of their energetic expression. They will naturally endeavor to correct for this error at which point you follow them and add 4 ounces to their directional momentum. They may also violate their centers in their attempt to neutralize the forces. Your goal is to keep them in a state of correction in which their priorities have been changed from attack to the defense. It is difficult to mount a powerful attack when one is unbalanced and in a state of defense. This is simply a drill to help one to develop sensitivity and finesse.

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