This is because this is one way to train ourselves to be familiar with our own movements.
In the beginning of the clip my student is attempting to apply a technique but his movement is not filled with confidence hence the uncertain feel I was getting.
When you know the movement really well you can move so much better. It is not unusual for a student to think that a lacklustre technique is acceptable. It might be when he is training with another student but it will not be if he is doing it with someone at a higher level.
When you know your movement it is like a highly tuned and sensitive instrument, so much so that a slight deviation will set off an instant response.
Otherwise, you can run round and round in circles and still cannot find the opening for your attack.
During push hands training we train the automation of our responses by learning about patterns of movements.
In form training we learn movement patterns. Through push hands training we learn how to reconcile what we learned in the form and the application of those movement patterns in push hands.
In the earlier part of this clip I highlighted a movement pattern to my student. This is a frequently used pattern in our push hands. Because he has not assimilated the lessons of the form in his mind he is not able to recognize the patterns amidst the chaos of free movement.
In the last part of the clip I showed an extension of the same movement pattern. This came about because his response triggered my counter to his movement.
The fun about push hands training is that there are so many ways to work it.
One aspect that we work on is how to keep flowing amidst pressure. However, we don’t just flow for the sake of it. We flow like water seeking an opening.
When we find the opening we then go through it. But not before ensuring that there is healthy compliance to the principles like don’t let the elbows fly in the air, don’t use excessive strength, don’t expose yourself to strikes and so on.
An example is working on keeping the centre, and not just the centreline. This aspect of training calls for us to protect an imaginary sphere in front of our body, making the opponent run around it.
Another aspect is how to recover the centre the moment the opponent’s hand comes through. The solution is easy enough, let it come, harmonize and guide it back out.
And if the opponent’s arms were to crumble, quickly change to push and pull to uproot and send off.
How we do our form, how we use our techniques is also how we do fajing. There should not be any difference between the three of them otherwise what we learn in our form would not be useful to how we apply our techniques and our fajing.
In this clip I explain why we should keep proper posture when doing fajing otherwise we expose ourselves to attacks.
In addition, if we use proper posture our hands would be charged with energy. In this clip, even though I was not trying to apply fajing but the use of proper hand shape enabled some power to be transfered across.