There is a difference between being on and off. On refers to that point where everything is aligned. When your opponent pushes against that point there is power against the push. Off is lack of proper alignment and therefore the off points have no power. At the beginning we train to develop the on point. Later we will learn how to stay “on” and move. Do the forms and the circles repeatedly without being too technical. The technical details are added slowly after many repetitions. At the beginning we seek to imitate. Negative circle:At the end of the circle the hand goes out as we rotate to the other side and then we pull in the elbow to the ribs. When doing the there is a point in the part of the back near the arm doing the circle that does not move. It is locked while everything behind that point rotates. Practice the circles with my back to a wall where my back can never stop touching the wall. This forces the kua and the waist to rotate instead of twisting. Twisting has no power. First move of the first Block Touching Coat in Yi Lu:Left hand is a which follows the principle of going out and then pull the elbow in. First move of Step Back to Double Shake the Feet in Yi Lu: Right hand doesn’t move forward or backward, it only rotates as space is created by stepping back and removed when cross stepping. Left hand is a negative circle. Again, at the end of the circle the hand goes out and then you pull in with the elbow. There is no pushing in Taijiquan, only pulling. That is the internal martial arts ability of Taijiquan. Every movement on the opponent feels like if pulled from behind. Learn to lock portions of the opponent’s body in order to pull other parts. The opponent will feel greater force on him/her.