PUSHING HANDS

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Pushing Hands

Pushing Hands is often called "sensing-hands", which is probably a better description of this exercise. In a set sequence of movements, partners "push" back and forth as they listen and feel each others movements. One progresses from a fixed or stationary stance to active stepping while performing the movements of Push - Press - Roll Back - Neutralize.

When partner A pushes his partner, B guides the push back with her forearm and attaches her opposite elbow to his elbow. This is called "roll back".
Unable to push further, Partner A now presses into partner B's chest. She neutralizes the press by letting it pass through and immedialtely places her hands on to partner A's forearm, ready to push.
The exercise repeats itself with partner B now pushing. This sequence of movements will now continue back and forth. When one partner pushes, the other rolls back. When one presses, the other neutralizes.

Without resisting and without letting go, the practitioners learn to interpret each others movements and in so doing, build a foundation for executing the practical applications of the Tai Chi movements.
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