A simple exercise we did this morning is to experience pushing by not pushing (forward).
Two students stand face to face. One (A) is to push, the other (B) is simply standing there to block the push. If A pushes from his shoulder, or use the strength from his arm, A is top heavy. When B suddenly moves away from A, A will fall forward. On the other hand, if A pushes his rear feet down, sending the expanding energy to his hand. A is not pushing “forward,” but B feels the pushing from A. When B moves away suddenly, A will stay as centered. (Photo of Marvin, Gerry, and Peter) The implication of this exercise is to experiencing “peng”. Even though “peng” cannot be defined, we still need a point to get started. This exercise also let you to experience the connection of upper (mainly arm) and lower (mainly foot) when your shoulder is down. Top Photos: transition position of “11. Wade Forward in Twist Steps (Qian Tang Ao Bu)” Bottom Photos: transition position from “12. The Fist of Covering Hand” to “13. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar”