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Tai Chi Tuishou for Striking and Mid-Range Grappling

"Tuishou is about more than pushing. The skills developed in mid-range grappling can also be applied in long-range and mid-range striking. This lesson was a pleasure to teach because I got the opportunity to teach someone who is quite capable of ripping my arm off and pummelling me with it."
Tuishou is considered a mid-range skill. But the principles of tuishou can also be applied in other ranges. Likewise, principles of good grappling can also be applied in long-range and mid-range.  
This requires proper cultivation of structure, relaxation, and fundamental push hands skills (sticking and following in a circle, peng, lu, ji, an, zai, lieh, zhou, kao). 

As we see in this video, the important skills cultivated by a grappler are often forgotten when switching to long range. While a person might be very relaxed and well aligned during close-range grappling, that structure is sometimes abandoned when the switch is made to long range. Tuishou is a valuable exercise for teaching students to make the transition between different ranges without abandoning the key attributes that should be common to all ranges.


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Tai Chi Shuaijiao Lesson 2 (The Original Series)



Tai Chi Shuaijiao Lesson 2

This technique is seen in Yang Style tai chi movements such as "High Pat on Horse". But it is also found in other styles, including Chen Style's "Mounted Scout" ("Tanma")

This can fall into the category of Kuaijiao (Fast Grappling)

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Tai Chi Shuaijiao Lesson 1 (The Original Series)



Tai Chi Shuaijiao Lesson 1

This technique is seen most in Chen Style tai chi movements such as "Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds the Mortar". But it is also found in other styles.

A variation of this technique is also sometimes seen in sport shuaijiao. But elements of this technique are too dangerous to be appropriate for formal competition.




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