When we do push hands training we do not just shove each other around. Instead, we strive for a semblance of techniques which can range from strikes to locks.
Below is an example of how we can apply a lock in push hands :-
We try not to learn too many locks at the same time. The preference is on working with one lock and examining its various facets. For example, in the clip below we flow into the lock under study after failing to apply an elbow lock :-
Another part involves studying how to overcome the opponent’s resistance through the use of breathing method. I normally do not have to use breathing method but it can be useful under some circumstances so why not?
The study of locks can help you to understand how to ramp up your power by relaxing. Sometimes you find that you are unable to exert power and you try to move more to get power, except you can’t move much without losing control of your opponent. So what do you do?
The video below shows you how you can increase power by letting go of your own muscular resistance :-
Other ways of getting power includes using a rotary motion similar to turning a wheel as shown below :-
It goes without saying that this rotary motion will only work if you apply the principles of leverage properly. This means you have to fix the fulcrum which in this case if your left hand and use the right arm to apply the lever.
Finally, an essential key to being able to apply a lock is familiarity with grabbing as shown below :-
How to grab can be a study by itself. You can focus on the following areas :-
a) How to place your hand in the position to get a firm grip
b) Where to position the fingers
c) How to bend and twist the hand into a locked position
d) Where to position the captured hand
e) How to apply pain and amplify it
There are a few other things you can focus on but the above are the areas we normally examine.