Single hand fixed foot push hands – some basics


Single hand fixed foot push hands – some basics
The following footage shows me introducing single hand fixed footed push hands training as taught by BP Chan. I make this distinction because I also train and value heavily the single hand fixed foot push hands training as presented in the Discover Taiji course. Both methods are valuable based on my experience and understanding. BP Chan’s method is very structured. it is extremely useful in understanding the functional range of movement within the exercise. It is less about pushing and more about trapping your opponent at the end of their range . It is very useful in cultivating levels of Ting Jin (listening to energy) and Dong Jin (understanding the ramifications of the energy). this set can be explored in many ways. It should first be explored mechanically. When one approaches the range of their movement , they start to become tense on a subconscious level , both mentally and physically. The basic idea is to learn where you can move with ease and stay within those boundaries. I refer to these as “the tracks and the sweet spots “. Entice and follow your training partner into positions of defect. Your training partner may experience some subconscious anxiety regarding the frailty of their posture. These are opportune moments to issue Jin . The issuing can be of a following nature , giving your partner a sense of being blown away in the wind. It can also be used to collide with your panicked partners attempt at reversal or correction. This can cause some very explosive compressions in your opponents body. It is very important to train in a cooperative nature where you guide your opponent away from error towards perfection by telling them exactly where they failed and demonstrating it to them if they do not understand. This method is extremely useful in training because in actual combat it can be quite common for two limbs to cross.

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