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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.
Advanced tai chi class - January 18 2014 Part 1 of 2 (The Magical Power of "Cai")
Mon, Jan 20 2014 09:21 PM | Tips and Advice
Cai is the most magical of the 8 tai chi energies. It is often translated as "pluck" or "pull down", but the highest level of this skill actually involves no pulling whatsoever.
Do or do not do. There is no "Try"
Wed, Oct 16 2013 12:52 PM | Tips and Advice
"To be or not to be. That is the question" - William Shakespeare;
"The way to do is to be." Laozi;
"To do is to be." Jean Paul Satre;
"To be is to do do" - Dale Carnegie;
"Doo-bee-doo-bee-doo." - Frank Sinatra;
"Dabba dabba doo" - Kate Bush;
"Yabba dabba doo." - Fred Flinstone;
"Do be a do be." - Miss Louise, Romper Room;
"Scooby-doobee-doo" - Scooby Doo….
But I digress.
"Do or do not do. There is no try." - Yoda
Regarding the type of "free hands" used here. Realism is in the structure. Intent is in the core. Safety is in the feet. This means that everything is realistic except that the legs do not follow through. The legs control the intensity of the exercise. There are advantages and disadvantages to this method. But it is often preferred because it can be very safe. If you increase the intensity and explosiveness of the legs, it can become quite scary.
Tai Chi Tuishou - Rend, Pluck, and training well together.
Tue, Oct 15 2013 12:48 PM | Tips and Advice
In this video we see two students with very different attributes. Age, size, weight, reach, and experience are very different. Yet the two students benefit equally from practising together. Each works on different skill sets, refining strategy, technique, and method. Victory is irrelevant, and therefore becomes assured.
"Martial Tai Chi" or "Healing Tai chi?"
People often try to make a distinction between tai chi for health and tai chi as a martial art. But the two goals are far from being mutually exclusive.
Students who practise tai chi for health and fitness might be able to study for year without realizing that they are learning a martial art. But students who learn tai chi as a practical martial art cannot help but realize the health benefits.
This video was made during a tai chi class in October, 2013.
Relax Harder! ~ "Tai chi and the secret of real martial power."
Sun, Oct 6 2013 12:06 AM | Tips and Advice
We often hear skeptics say, "I can see how tai chi can be useful for relaxing the body and calming the mind. But I don't see how something so relaxing can be useful as a martial art."
The response from experienced martial artists is, "How can it NOT be useful as a martial art, if it cultivates a relaxed body and a calm mind."
In fact, if you are not learning to relax the body and calm the mind, then you are not learning a martial art.
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