Rubber Push Hands

A clip from 2012. Most of the time when I do push hands I minimize my body movement so that its difficult for an opponent to read me.

However, we do train the movement of our body. One example is shown in this clip below :-

In this type of practice we have to let the tension go, not completely, but enough to allow us to be like a rubber band that can absorb, neutralize and return the opponent’s strength.

Its not a confrontational type of push hands. Neither is it a collapsible, tofu-like type of push hands. Its should feel like you are a bit drunk, not enough to be pushed over, but not enough to fight back hard, just in a drunken state of mind to be pushed, not resisting hard, yet not going completely soft.

It can be a fun practice as the person doing the pushing can help the person being pushed to improve. Remember to ALLOW, OKAY and ENJOY the pushing. If you don’t know what I am talking about refer to this post.



Fast Dance 5

This is the “block” dance.

Yeah, as in “block” the opponent’s ability to counter before you strike him.

Not to forget to use sink and unify also. This can make you feel “heavy” to your opponent and make it more difficult for him to resist you.


Fast Dance 4

In Zhuang Tzu there is a story that begins with :-

Haven’t you heard about the mantis who flailed his arms in anger to stop the carriage coming in his path?

Similarly, in playing push hands the best strategy to adopt is not to be there. Why?

What is the consequence? Take a look :-

Moral of the lesson – don’t be like the mantis and oppose a greater force head on.


Fast Dance 3

When you dance, sing :-

Move, move, move your arm,
Up and down like wave
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Sink and hit liver.

(Note – sing to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

I think this fast dance is pretty self-explanatory and won’t need any explanation.


Fast Dance 2

This is the dance of the evasive. Sway left, sway right, bob up, bob down. Move the head, move the body. These are ways to avoid being struck.

However, be careful not to fall into a predictable rhythm. This is because if your opponent is sensitive to your movement he can use your rhythm against you.

For example, once you can feel the other person’s rhythm you can feint him to move in one direction so as to set him up to move in the other direction where your real attack is. Don’t you just love fast dance……..



Fast Dance

Its a cold day in hell, I mean Singapore. Its been cold for the last two days, reminiscent of the winters I went through when living at one end of Sydney’s Bondi Beach ages ago.

A good way to keep warm is to play push hands like doing a fast, swaying, rhythmic dance. Take a look below :-

The video was uploaded 5 years ago. It was a sunny day when we shot it.

This is one of the ways we practice push hands. We moved at a brisk pace. We probed, we explored, we sought openings.

We swayed like a willow tree when encountering resistance. And when an opening presented itself, attack like the branch of a willow tree returning the force of the wind onto itself.