We must train to use a lot of power.
If you want to learn how to move a big rock and you just go up to it and use your hands to tip it back and forth, you are wasting your life. You have to get a good grip on it and try to lift it. If you can’t move it then:
1. It’s a reality check that you have no power
2. When you do it over and over and can finally lift it, you will have real power.
Why does it look effortless when you see higher level practitioners throwing around opponents? Because dealing with power has become a normalized process in their bodies. I am a large, tall 250lb person. When I walk around, climb stairs etc. does it look like I am carrying 250lbs around with me? No because I do those things all the time; my body is dealing with that weight constantly. If it looks like it is a struggle for me to carry my weight around then it means my health is deteriorating.
So, the lesson is, ourand push hands are too light. There must be power on each move. In , imagine your opponent is fighting your move. You go as far as you can and then lock, then move your waist. Same in push hands.
Once you get one single feel of what it’s like to use power then you can improve very quickly.