Double Push Hands Sun Style Taiji

This is a little more complicated as you are engaging two hands but once mastered you can start to add elbow and shoulder strikes once your partner is off balance.

One partner has his right arm extended and left hand touching his wrist, the other partner has one hand on the wrist and one on the elbow of his partner and is in roll back.

Making an anti clockwise circle reverse the position and continue, be careful not to over extend on the press and try not to use force but just relax and feel through the movement.

As in all Sun Style Tui Shou (Push Hands) it is non competitive so you work with your partner for mutual benefit. It is good if you can work with someone more advanced than you as you will learn more in touch and the advice they give.

To add footwork we just step forward three steps on each circle, then three steps back when your partner makes the techniques.

To add elbow and shoulder strikes you need to seek tuition from a teacher as these are potentially dangerous techniques and need supervision.

Sunstyle Single Push Hands

This starts to train the basic sensitivity and also teaches ward off, roll back, press and push.

As you are only using one hand then you can concentrate more on correct technique and relaxing into the movements.

Stand opposite your partner both hands touching at the wrists. Your partner pushes gently towards the middle of your chest, you ward off by gently moving the arm outwards then roll back to draw your opponent forward. They feel when the push is complete and you gently press down, they relax and you initiate the push and the exercise continues.

It is important to keep both feet relaxed but rooted and do not use speed or force, but try to feel the opponents weakness in root and body weight.

Sun Style push hands is done relaxed and slowly as it is non competitive, but working with different partners to adjust to varying strengths and weaknesses. The training is mutually beneficial but ultimately to know yourself.

Sun Style Ting Jin (Listening) Training

This is part of the Tui Shou within Sun Style Martial Arts, the idea is to listen to your opponent through touch only and disrupt their root.

It is difficult at first as you try and use strength instead of feeling.

Standing opposite your partner place a palm on their stomach area they can put a hand covering yours. Try and feel where the body weight is and so push gently to disrupt their root if they counter by moving listen with your touch and alter where you push, do not use force or quick movements just feel.

As you progress you can listen and lead your opponent to disrupt the root, it can be frustrating at first but don’t be put off persevere with this training and your push hands will also improve.