Championship Match (85Kg and above) at the Daqingshan International Competition on May 11, 2011

by admin on 2011/05/10

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Gary Readore May 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

I have a question for the group in watching this video. I’ll preface this by saying that I haven’t been studying the Practical Method for too long and have been doing so mainly through videos (I have never met Master Chen yet). Additionally, I haven’t been able too experience any of the Practical Method push hands although I have been doing taichi and other push hands for about 18 years now.

I’ll start by saying that these are two “big boys”. Does anyone know if they are students of the Practical Method style? The reason I ask is that this looks very similiar to push hands you typically see in most settings, looks a lot like wrestling, shuai jiao, a lot of external strength being used (although the guy in the black sash seemed to have more internal structure IMHO). Any true/real internal stuff going on here that is hard to see? Is this type of training/competition beneficial in regards to the Practical Method concepts/techniques or does it reinforce bad habits (win at any cost, even if I have to out-muscle my opponent or use a “technique”)?




Anonymous May 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm

This looks like a match of two persons with equal skill. Both of them seem to be taking a strategy to wear the other out. Their body structure look solid to me. At heavy weight, if you can use your weight at your advantage to wear out your opponent that is half the battle. At the end, this is a match where win or lost probably is more important. (my opinion only)

If you have a chance to experiment, you may notice that, in most cases, skill is shown if one person has much higher skill.

realize when two people with very equal skill


Anonymous May 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm

It’s not taichi quan. So so.


Anonymous May 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Before you pass judgement, please realize that the athletes are competing under a set of rules that limit what they can or cannot do in a match.

By the way, have you compete before? Were you able to look “taichi quan” in your competiton? Care to put up some of your video to illustrate your view?


Anonymous May 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Looks a lot like Chinese Sumo. But then again against two similarly skilled opponents it will never look pretty nor effortless as in a teacher student situation.


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