“Teaching Push Hand 1 ” Online Video Trailer

by Kelvin Ho on 2016/04/05

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 8 min.   In: English & Chinese   Year: 2015  Difficulty:2/5

Teaching Push Hand 1
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About Kelvin Ho

Kelvin Ho, Master Chen Zhonghua's disciple, is the instructor for Practical Method Toronto. He has been teaching and promoting the Practical Method system in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, Canada since 2011. He has received numerous medals in various Taiji competitions. He is also a vice-president of MartialArts Association Canada. Like his teacher, he feels an obligation to pass this great art onto others. Contact: kelvin.ho@practicalmethod.ca.

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Bruce Schaub April 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Achieving Rotation in Fighting

Important lessons for Push Hands training: don’t move the center, clarity, 3 powers, getting in to get the ‘ waist power ‘ out. Lots of applications are shown to reiterate the core concepts that are being given. Important lesson in simplicity and clarity of the Circle Foundation is given in the end.


Kelvin Ho July 11, 2020 at 11:09 am

0:27 Two things cannot move together. The common mistake is that we use our hands to pull the opponent, but at the same time, the upper body also moves in the same direction as the hands.

0:36 The opponent was pushing in Master Chen’s stomach, Master Chen would not have power if his stomach was pushed by the opponent to go backward. If the stomach did not move, the opponent energy had to travel somewhere. In this case, it went Master Chen’s hands.

1:06 If we are able to not move ourselves when the opponent pushes into us, we will need to add an action somewhere else onto the opponent. If that action meets resistance, it must rotate, otherwise, it is simply meeting the opponent’s power head-on.

1:26 Master Chen had three points/energies acting at the same: his left hand going up, his right hand going down, and his front kua going forward.

1:34 Three splitting energies: The three points of contacts were the opponent’s right hand touching Master Chen’s left upper arm, Master Chen’s right elbow touching the opponent’s right shoulder, Master Chen’s right knee touching the opponent’s right knee. These three points caught and locked up the opponent. They all work synchronously with the non-moving front kua to cause a rotation.

1:50 This was a mirrored version of the action at 1:34.

2:10 Master Chen locked the middle of his chest as the non-moving point. He stretched his left hand out and over to the opponent’s back to cause a rotation against his non-moving point. He also did a right elbow in. This was like the second action in Brush Knee of the form.

3:13 Master Chen caught the opponent with left hand, right upper arm and his left knee. Master Chen’s left elbow went towards the ground, right hand went out, and left foot went out. They cause a rotation against his non-moving left kua.

3:46 Master Chen’s left and right hand made one, his right hand and right knee made two, the direction in which his waist made three. He used the first two to catch the opponent, and used the third to break it.

4:13 Exercise: The partner pushes into your chest. Make sure that your chest does not move. Stretch the hands/arms against the chest to cause the opponent to slide move. It is important to have the separation of the moving and non-moving components.

5:49 Don’t do adjustments in the circle. Break it down into 3 segments. Each segment is made of one action, but the first action takes one part (elbow), the second action takes two parts (elbow is locked to the waist, when the waist moves, it carries the elbow to a new position while the hand still points at the original direction), the third action takes 3 parts (a stretch with the rear foot causes the hand to go out and the waist to turn).


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