I was reading through some of the student/user posts and came across a submittal by Wilkin Ng regarding the Maple Ridge workshop last year. In it he was talking about the concept of not “pushing” in doing push hands. Your reply confirmed that there is no pushing in push hands, but went on to say that “every push must be a pull”. Can you elaborate on this last statement.
Also, I was reading another post by Wilson concerning the push-tree exercise and coordinating the alignment of the body structures (triangles). Your response indicated that “the key is that every part of the body should move except one. In the case you have described, the one point is your rear kua”. I was working on theexercise (right foot forward) and noted that on the last part of the movement when turning back to the right and the hand goes out I focused on what was happening with my rear kua. I thought I was keeping it (the rear kua) from moving but realized that it was actually moving forward as I pushed off the back foot. My back knee was straightening (going forward) and thus the kua as well. It was slight but noticeable. I then focused on not moving the kua and felt something totally different. There was a spiraling downward/sinking of the body onto the rear kua which caused it to open. This movement also caused (automatically) the extension of the arm and rounding of the back area (ie., lengthening of the body). I then tried this against of sand bag hung from the ceiling. I placed my hand on the bag with my front arm bent and in doing the movement it caused the extension of the arm pushing the bag away and out with no real physical effort. I then tried the push on the bag with the rear kua moving forward and the feeling is totally different. It is like the body moving into the bag but without the rounding/extension. Is what I experienced with the rear kua not moving what I should be feeling? Is this what you meant when you said “every push must be a pull”?