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A sensitivity exercise? A sparring exercise? Or a wasted exercise?

Taiji martial art skills have a foundation and it's called "Pushing Hands".

There still appears to be some confusion about Pushing Hands as I am regularly asked questions such as:-

1. What is it usecl for?

2. What are its health benefits?

3- How can it be used in self defence?

So let's examine the first question: What is it used for? The first thin}ยป to establish is that it is not a complete system/discipline that operates separately from Taiji form and sparring but is an integral training link between

the two.

There are numerous competitions/festivals held throughout the world that include Pushing Hands as a separate stand alone event which leads the viewing public to believe that this is how Taiji practitioners players showing skilful usage of the 13 postures. A link can then be formed in the public's mind between the two so they understand that Pushing Hands is foundation training only. (See figure No 1 showing Wave Hands In Clouds application).

"What is it used for?"

defend themselves.

Pushing Hands demonstrations should end with a performance of semi-contact sparring by two skilled

What are its benefits to health? If regularly practised you develop essential stamina which is vital to your success in a real fight. It stimulates the cardio vascular and respiratory systems in a smooth gradual build up rather than the shock to the system type sports such as squash, soccer etc It develops the spheres known as the "5 bows" (see issue 14) which allows a free flow of energy (Qi) without blockages throughout the IxxJy. It exercises and stimulates en-ergy (Qi) in all the joints of the body keeping them healthy and flexible. It trains you to conserve energy (Qi) and not waste it by applying the principles of Yin and Yang, harmonizing with your partners energy (Qi). It develops rcxjting skill which is the result of a

Figures 2 & 3: An application of Lu - Roll Back cc

Figures 2 & 3: An application of Lu - Roll Back

Tai Chi Rollback Pulldown

You don't use

Pushing Hands in self defence.

calm mind, relaxed Ixxly and gcxxl posture which have obvious health benefits. Its sensitivity training brings Qi to the surface of the skin and beyond which ultimately will lx- used in healing.

Mow can it be used in self defence? Well the short answer to this is you don't use Pushing Hands in self defence, instead you actually apply the resultant skills developed by regular practice i.e.: instinctive usage of the 13 postures, (figures 2 and 3 shows Lu (Roll Back) reaction to a neck grab).

Pushing I lands is clearly structured in such a way that ensures the skills are polished e.g.: from single fixed and active step you progress to double from here to Da I.u then to free style which falls just short of sparring. Around this time Sun Sau is usually introduced which is finally followed by free sparring. You now have a rcx>f on your new house which has a golden foundation that we call PUSHING HANDS! H

by Peter Newton

Lesson 1 5 is the last lesson. We hope you have enjoyed following our lessons in Dayan Qigong. Next time we will have a new exercise for you to try and follow.

i Still holding the Qi ball in front of your Dantien, turn on your heels 180 degrees.

The seven steps of 'Looking for Food' (see last issue) stimulate the kidneys and Dantien. You then collect the Qi to your Dantien and turn round for the next movement.

61 Looking for the Nest

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i Raise your hands up to the middle Dantien. Your wrists and fingers should be relaxed so your hands naturally hang down.

ii Step forwards with your left foot. At the same time gently press your hands down, with the Hegue points facing each other, to the left of your body until your hands are level with the Belt Channel.

iii Step forwards with your right foot and repeat the movement of i & ii with your hands, but this time in front of you at the Dantien.

60 Turn Body i Still holding the Qi ball in front of your Dantien, turn on your heels 180 degrees.

The seven steps of 'Looking for Food' (see last issue) stimulate the kidneys and Dantien. You then collect the Qi to your Dantien and turn round for the next movement.

61 Looking for the Nest

6l Turn the Body and Swim

i Shift your weight forwards on to your left foot.

ii As you do so begin to flutter your hands and raise and straighten your amis out to the sides level with your shoulders.

iii Step through with your right foot and at the same time turn 90 degrees to face the left bringing your arms round in front of your shoulders.

iv Lower your hands down and touch your Dantien.

This movement brings the Qi back down to the Dantien.

64 Closing Position (Shau Gong)

i Lift up your head, stand up and open your eyes.

ii Raise your hands up and to the sides, then bring them round and down so the palms pass the Sky-eye and slowly drop down to the Dantien.

iii Repeat a further two times.

This is the ending exercise to bring the Qi back to the Dantien. Now you have finished the form.

63 Sleep Peacefully and

Recover Qi i Bend forwards from the waist and squat down. Your should keep your feet flat on the ground.

ii Slightly tuck in your head so the Sky-eye faces the Dantien.

iii Close your eyes and mouth, and hold the posture for five to ten seconds.

any years ago when I was visiting my Dayan Qigong teacher, it was summer and Beijing was very hot. However, main streets like Fu Chan Da Chai were still crowded with Chinese people and foreigners. Apart from studying Dayan Qigong, I liked to go and visit the book shops in Beijing and buy some books, particularly those about Qigong and martial arts. For people who live abroad the books in China are very cheap. Many times I visited the 'Chung Hua Bcx>k Shop'. On one occasion a sales assistant said to me: "You are interested in martial arts, I can recommend a place for you to see a good master. He is very skilful and practices every morning in Tian Tan Park." I was very keen to see this master

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