TuiShou – Pushing Hands

Pushing hands (pushing hands without moving the feet) was developed for and used during unarmed combat. Taiji37 NanPai pushing hands is not a preparation for fighting. It is a first step towards learning and applying TaiJi skills as possible self-defense technique.

To move from Taiji force is much more difficult because of the physical contact and the habitual use of muscle power.

Pushing hands is an exercise with a training partner to learn feeling and perceiving yourself and your partner, where the lack of freedom of movement arises. By appropriate response at the right time you get freedom of movement and it becomes possible to bring the training partner out of balance. The use of muscle strength is avoided and replaced by the use of taiji forces. During practice the welfare of the training partner always come first.