Grab, Root and Push

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2015/01/19

Chen Zhonghua with Josh LandauAt the four-day workshop on Toronto from Jan. 15-19, 2015, I taught the basic principles of push hands action again. It is to:

  1. Grab: get hold of your opponent. Secure a hold. Hook him. Grab him.
  2. Secure your foot: Anchor your foot, pivot your foot, root your foot.
  3. Act: Push, pull, twist, act.


About Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Style Taijiquan 19th generation disciple. International Standard Bearer of the Practical Method system of Hong Junsheng. Second generation master of Hunyuan Taiji. Been teaching internationally since 1985. Educated in the West with a Master's Degree in Education. Highly accomplished through the lineage of two great masters. Disciplined, precise and powerful. He teaches a complete system of taiji based on the principle of yin yang separation; indirect power as a core concept; movement and tranquility as the source of action. In both theory and practice, his taijiquan deals with the problems of double-heavy. He is a real treasure of the heritage of taijiquan.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Chumphon Jan Toolseram May 4, 2016 at 5:10 am

How do I uproot(拔根)a person who have trained to hold his root and disconnect it’s/his root (断根)? The thing is if your front foot is prohibited to move and hold, how to take advantage of back foot and use them as an opportunity to uproot and disconnect the other person. Where should I look for and feel for to know if he/her is uprooted and know that I am rooted so that I can execute the next move.


Kelvin Ho May 13, 2016 at 10:06 pm

The simple answer is that if your opponent is trained and you are not, you won’t be able to uproot him. If your opponent can do 2 things, and you can only do 1 thing, you won’t be able to get him. In order to execute a successful move according to the Taiji principle, a number of things need to be in place. The Practical Method training will allow to have them in due time. However, at first, it is not obvious how the training methods lead to the result we desire.


charlie wishon May 12, 2016 at 4:01 pm

You will know they are uprooted when the feet leave the floor, or the back meets the floor.


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