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 Tui Shou (Push Hands)

Within Sun Shi Taiji we have five main areas of training Tui Shou (Push Hands). The first is Single hand push where the two trainers try to feel and understand to each other. Then there is Da Lun (which means “make cycle”) this is double hands to push, practice the concepts of Peng (Ward Off), Lu (Rollback), Ji (Press) and An (Push). The four main concepts and further to understand and introduce them to elbow stroke, shoulder stroke, pluck and rend. The third method is free-step (moving-step), forward three steps and back three steps in one turn. The fourth is Da Lu, (just like Ba Gua), walk freely, to train the moving energy. The end is San Shou (as you like), freestyle push hands where the opponents try to uproot or push the other using any of the methods from Sun Shi Taiji, Xing Yi or Bagua.

We have other methods that involve listening to the sensitivity of your opponent by feeling the stomach area and trying to disrupt their root, and we also have a method that involves using Tui Shou as a stepping stone to sparring.

Sun Lu Tang created what we now practice as Tui Shou from his knowledge and understanding of the three Internal Arts of Taiji, Xing Yi and Bagua, and Sun Shi Tui Shou involves utilising techniques from these arts.

Relaxing and the ability to follow are the first requirements, then the student can start to use basic techniques from the Internal styles that make up Sun Shi.

Alongside training in San Ti Shi and the Taiji form, Tui Shou makes up a lot of ground in enabling the student to understand the usage of Taiji as a martial art and also teaches us humility and respect for all.