The use of Peng, Lu and An in Push Hands
When practicing push hands and applying the art of Taijiquan we must use the strategic energies of ward off, rollback, and press downward to effectively apply our techniques. These are the energies found it in the traditional long form. They are used in the same sequence in which they appear in the form and each strategic energy can also be applied to every single movement in the form. It is important to keep this in mind while performing the form so that one becomes habitual in their expression of these energies. In this example i first ward off my partner’s attack and then i follow his energy expression and roll him off of my center. Thirdly, i shave down his arm to his wrist joint and apply Na and An to his joint center which causes an upward resistance , thus severing his root and causing him to fall into my return circle/punch. My partner will then have a head on collision with my structure . This blow will be hard to defend as the root is severed and the body is in disorder .