Yao's Yiquan Pushing Hands (Part1)
Boost your martial skills and get prepared for combat.
article gives further insights on Yiquan Pushing Hands, one of the best
ways to improve and check your martial skills and especially without
hurting anyone: in traditional martial arts circle Pushing Hands were
always considered as a "polite" way to express one'skills when reaching
a high level. If you are serious in getting effective results in your
Yiquan training, this article will help you to walk through major
issues of Yiquan Pushing Hands but essentially understand its major
modes of training.
is currently well known that Yiquan has suppressed the system of
"taolu" or predetermined sequence of movement to help the student to
focus more on the mental aspect during his training. However, Yiquan
system has still inherited from the traditional Chinese martial Arts,
the pushing Hands training, called "tuishou" the major significant chain to the fighting stage called "Duanshou".
Yiquan Pushing Hands or "Tuishou" is often underestimated by a practitioner willing to run fast in combat preparation.
fact, traditionally and this can be retrieved in any serious method of
Yiquan such as for Yao Chengguang method, the training of P.H.takes all
its importance just after achieving some mastery in the following
categories of Yiquan exercises:
- Post standing or zhan zhuang,
- Testing force or shili,
- Issuing force or Fajing,
All these previous categories bringing to the practitioner its specific ability(ies), let's see further:
- zhan zhuang: in static mode, cultivating universal force in the whole body and contradictive forces, rooting ability...
- shili: same as zhan zhuang but with larger dimensions and with step.
- fajing: enhancing previous abilities to exteriorize them up to actual combat speed and power.
- step: increase balance stability, weight transfer management for optimal universal power...
these abilities progressively acquired in training, the trainer needs
at a certain stage to take them up to another decisive level: this is
when Pushing Hands exercise, as a dual partner training, takes all its
importance, bringing higher constraints to a practitioner previously
training mostly alone by:
- increasing physical resistance to his movements,
integrating another dynamics to overall movements due to this
interference between two physical independent bodies for timing,
distance management in conditions closer to real combat,
- developing further abilities sensing with defined "touching" zones of the bodies...
Training Yiquan Pushing Hands:
Generally, you can find two major categories of Yiquan Pushing Hands exercises:
- Single Hand P.H.category which can be divided in P.H. with fixed step and P.H. with step
- Both Hands P.H. category which can be divided in P.H. with fixed step and P.H. with step
Yiquan Pushing Hands - Single hand category:
importance of Single Hand P.H. is rarely well perceived by most
practitioners, apparently simplistic and wrongly considered
unrealistic to stimulate a combat in any kind, this general
perception is mostly due to the ignorance of real abilities involved
during this exercise.
Most of all it is a synthetic testing exercise
of all internal skills you've been training since your first Zhan
You'll start your training in Single Hand P.H
mostly always from your posture of Yiquan Universal Combat Post. Then
according to your teacher or training program: you pass through the
previous major types of Yiquan exercises (Post, shili, fajing, step)
but with the constraint of facing one opponent or at least an opposing
power/pressrue on your body but also executing the circling exchange
which is basically the way to integrate these major types of exercises
while alternating the attack from both opponents.
Chengguang did a remarkable and generous effort to reveal clear
insights of Yiquan Pushing Hands, making a sense for all the martial
abilities acquired previously in a single exercise and leading one
significant step closer to real Combat. More...