Recently I made some interesting experience in push hands situations. This year, after my first stay on Daqingshan I did change nearly all my Taiji practice to “Practical Method” (circles andmostly), simply because I got the feeling that this way to practice is much more intense and “on the point”.
I did use the picture of looking for something in a dark room. The way I did learn Taijiquan before was like the form is showing you roughly where in that dark room you can find what you are looking for. Practical Method to me feels like it´s mainly about the same, but the form is pointing out quite exactly the corner of the room, where you can find what you are looking for.
That’s how I feel the situation and difference now in my practice with Practical Method.
After time now I did meet some old Taiji brothers from various other schools again, and sometimes applications did start to work on my actual understanding of the principles thought by our Master Chen Zhonghua. So for me, the content of all the teachings by Josef are making sense more and more.
But at the same time discussions are arising … (“Don’t use force!” …) … after some things did start to work … 🙂
So I simply stick to my understanding of some principles: upper body attach – power from the feet/legs – , rotate
To my understanding the practice of Taiji according to that is about to get another “source for power and strength” on the one hand and get better abilities to feel (“hear” – ting) the opponent on the other hand, so the more advanced we are the less power we will need. That’s how I did experience push hands with various masters in the past.
Further I think, that there should be (another kind of) power in the end, of course, otherwise it could not be martial art at all, right?
So what do you all think about “Don’t use force” / “Taiji is not about using force.” and similar statements?
Thanks everybody and best wishes from Germany,