Push Hands Receiving /Returning Drill
This is a cooperative training drill in which one practitioner pushes ( using muscle) into the root of the receiver with the intent of nourishing , not threatening the root of the receiver . This is done by pushing mindfully and gradually building up power as the skill develops. If the drill degrades into free play , then the skill may never develop. I start by leaning into his root which he receives into his back foot .He then drops into the front foot bouncing me away. You will notice that he loses his balance on the third attempt because his eyes were not looking through my center/spine. I then guide him to soften his arms and drop under me . The quality changes immediately . I then progress to pushing into his root as he refines his feel and timing . He may not be able to pull this off on me , but I’m sure he will be successful on someone of his skill level. All push Hands training must include drills as well as free play and variations .