Push Hands (tuishou) is practiced with a partner. You will experience how it feels to stand your ground and how to move from your position. Within the Cheng Man-ch’ing tradition it is therefore also called Sensing Hands. Pushing is interesting when you have some level of T'ai Chi experience.
The Push Hand format makes clear how much relaxation and flexability is needed, and how you achieve these qualities through practicing T'ai Chi. By cultivating your T'ai Chi form you enrich your Pushing qualities and in turn you will find your body adapts itself more and more to the Form.
With the T'ai Chi sword you extend your arm and go through a series of T'ai Chi sword movements within a choreographed form: Cheng Man-ch’ing Sword Form. My teacher is Vincent Zee, his teacher Wolfe Lowenthal.
Sword play also has a partner exercise, called ‘Fencing’. Connected to each other, sword to sword, you follow and feel the movement of the other person. In doing so you discover natural defensive postures.
Ta Lu (dalu) is also a partner exercise. Comparative to Sensing Hands and Fencing with the sword, this exercise literally and figuratively brings you closer and undeniably reveals its martial art character.
You step in and attack following four sequential techniques; at the same time you work on your Ward Off methods and your balance. The art lies in doing this with as much relaxation and feeling as the other partner exercises.
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