“Every push is a pull” Online Video Trailer

by Shopmaster on 2014/09/12

Theory and training for pushing but the opponent feel he is being pulled
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 13 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronto

Every push is a pull
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Andre September 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Great video, small, but this is one of the most important demonstrations master chen brings to the workshop. I still remember the feel of it. 🙂
Its always good to remember that everything is taiji, is size and shape. Physical.


James Tam April 19, 2024 at 1:46 pm

Every push is a pull in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. Learning this is difficult for a beginner because, from my brick-jade perspective, this rule of action or principle rears its head in different ways, e.g., in stretching actions using 45°, in with elbow out with hand, going over the 3, 6, 9, 12 o’clock marker, in sinking, in hollowing the axillas, bie, and even silk-reeling that is pulling and going over in three dimensions. Thus, it is difficult for a beginner to pin-point the critical aspects underlying this principle. This “Every Push is a Pull” video shows how it is down and the explanation is unveiled at the end. The critical physical requirement to “convert” a push into a pull is the relative positioning of two points: a reference contact point with an opponent and an extreme dot position that one has created BEYOND the contact point to lead the pull away by stretching. In short, a push is felt like a pull because it is indeed a pull, which is camouflaged with a steady push first to create a contact point and induce opponent’s focus and resistance at this reference position. What one sees is an illusion; what one feels is the actual. An inexperienced opponent does not know how to deal with it.


Nikolai April 19, 2024 at 3:16 pm

“Every push is a pull” is another Taiji typical contradiction that has to be resolved. I believe or assume, that only when this paradox has been solved, that then the ability of ” four ounces defeat the 500 pounds” can be achieved.


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