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  • Push Hands is the “other” part of tai chi that makes your practice a true living art

    Tai chi push hands practice is a necessary next step for tai chi practitioners who wish to make their art come alive. Push hands practice requires two people to engage in a variety of “light touch” moving and walking routines. By practicing these movements, practitioners begin to develop tai chi’s sensing, listening, and yielding skills. Combined, these skills are the first step for developing your tai chi as a martial art.

    The Dao De Jing classic reminds us that knowing others (an opponent) is important for knowing ourselves. By develop tai chi push hand skills, one begins to obtain a profound sense of feeling of your own body and mind. This ability aids greatly in regulating and controlling body, balance, health, perseverance, compassion, and overall spirit.

    It is no mistake that tai chi offers a lifetime of continued learning and progress; the goal is a deep understanding of yourself and your role in nature.

    In this book, you will learn

    • The theory of tai chi pushing hands
    • Tai chi qigong foundation practice
    • Tai chi jing (power) practice
    • Two-person stationary push hands practice
    • Two-person moving push hands practice
    • Tai chi rollback and press push hands practice
    • International standard push hands routine
    • Two-person free style push hands
    • Martial art applications in tai chi push hands practice

    Dr. Yang reminds us “tai chi chuan was created based on the martial applications which were used for self-defense. Every movement of tai chi chuan has its unique martial purpose. Without this martial root, tai chi chuan practice will limited to a dance, lacking a deeper meaning or a deeper feeling.”

    This book is complemented by two companion videos sold separately.

    • Tai Chi Pushing Hands 1 - Yang Style Single and Double Pushing Hands
    • Tai Chi Pushing Hands 2 - Yang Style Single and Double Pushing Hands

    Available wherever DVD and Streaming videos are sold.



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    Date de parution 01 novembre 2020
    Nombre de lectures 6
    EAN13 9781594396465
    Langue English
    Poids de l'ouvrage 5 Mo

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    Tai Chi Push Hands
    YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
    Wolfeboro, NH USA
    YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
    PO Box 480
    Wolfeboro, NH 03894
    800 669-8892 www.ymaa.com info@ymaa.com
    ISBN: 9781594396458 (print) ISBN: 9781594396465 (ebook)
    This book set in Adobe Garamond and Trade Gothic.
    All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form.
    Copyright 2020 by David Grantham and Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
    Cover design by Axie Breen
    Photos by YMAA Publication Center unless otherwise noted.
    Illustration enhancements by Quentin Lopes
    Publisher s Cataloging in Publication
    Yang, Jwing-Ming, 1946- author. Grantham, David W., 1965- author.
    Title: Tai chi push hands : the martial foundation of tai chi chuan / Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and David Grantham.
    Other titles:
    Wolfeboro, NH USA YMAA Publication Center, Inc., [2020] | Series: True wellness. | Includes translation and glossary of Chinese terms. | Includes bibliographical references and index.
    ISBN: 9781594396458 (print) | 9781594396465 (ebook) | LCCN: 2020943116
    LCSH: Tai chi. | Martial arts--Training. | Hand-to-hand fighting, Oriental--Training. | Qi gong. | Qi (Chinese philosophy) | Laozi. Dao de jing. | Force and energy. | Vital force. | Martial arts--Health aspects. | Mind and body. | BISAC: HEALTH FITNESS /Tai Chi. | HEALTH FITNESS / Exercise / Stretching. | SPORTS RECREATION / Martial Arts. | SPORTS RECREATION / Health Safety.
    LCC: GV504 .Y366 2020 | DDC: 796.815/5--dc23
    The authors and publisher of the material are NOT RESPONSIBLE in any manner whatsoever for any injury which may occur through reading or following the instructions in this manual.
    The activities physical or otherwise, described in this manual may be too strenuous or dangerous for some people, and the reader(s) should consult a physician before engaging in them.
    Neither the authors nor the publisher assumes any responsibility for the use or misuse of information contained in this book.
    Nothing in this document constitutes a legal opinion nor should any of its contents be treated as such. While the authors believe that everything herein is accurate, any questions regarding specific self-defense situations, legal liability, and/or interpretation of federal, state, or local laws should always be addressed by an attorney at law.
    When it comes to martial arts, self-defense, and related topics, no text, no matter how well written, can substitute for professional, hands-on instruction. These materials should be used for academic study only.
    Editorial Notes
    Romanization of Chinese Words
    The interior of this book primarily uses the Pinyin romanization system of Chinese to English. In some instances, a more popular word may be used as an aid for reader convenience, such as tai chi in place of the Pinyin spelling, taiji. Pinyin is standard in the People s Republic of China and in several world organizations, including the United Nations. Pinyin, which was introduced in China in the 1950s, replaces the older Wade-Giles and Yale systems.
    Some common conversions are found in the following:
    Also spelled as
    chi kung
    ch g ng
    qin na
    chin na
    ch n n
    kung fu
    g ng foo
    tai chi chuan
    t j ch n
    For more information, please refer to The People s Republic of China: Administrative Atlas, The Reform of the Chinese Written Language , or a contemporary manual of style.
    Formats and Treatment of Chinese Words
    Transliterations are provided frequently: for example, Five Animal Sport ( Wu Qin Xi ,
    Chinese persons names are presented mostly in their more popular English spelling. Capitalization is according to the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition. The author or publisher may use a specific spelling or capitalization in respect to the living or deceased person. For example, Cheng, Man-ch ing can be written as Zheng Manqing.
    Many photographs include motion arrows to help show the starting position of the body motion.
    Table of Contents
    Foreword by Pat Rice
    Foreword by Nick Gracenin
    Preface by David Grantham
    Preface by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
    How to Use This Book
    C HAPTER 1: Theory of Taiji Pushing Hands
    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 About Pushing Hands
    1.3 Taiji Pushing Hands Training Contents
    1.4 Rooting, Uprooting, and Centering
    1.4.1 Rooting and Uprooting (zha gen yu ba gen, )
    1.4.2 Central Equilibrium (Zhong Ding, )
    1.5 Yin and Yang, Insubstantial and Substantial
    1.5.1 Insubstantial and Substantial (Xu, Shi,
    1.6 Six Turning Secrets of Taijiquan
    C HAPTER 2: Taiji Qigong Practice-Foundation
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Rooting
    2.3 Centering (Central Equilibrium)
    2.4 Heng and Ha Sounds Qigong
    2.5 Martial Grand Qi Circulation
    2.6 Taiji Ball Qigong
    2.6.1 Self Practice
    2.6.2 Freestyle Yin-Yang Circling while Rocking and Stepping
    2.7 Taiji Yin-Yang Symbol Sticking Hands Training
    2.7.1 Yang Symbol Training-Solo (Yang Quan Dan Lian,
    2.7.2 Two-Hand Yang Symbol Training
    2.7.3 Yin Symbol Training-Solo (Yin Quan Dan Lian, )
    2.7.4 Two-Hand Yin Symbol Training
    2.7.5 Mixed Training-Yin-Yang Two-Hand Training
    2.7.6 Two-Person Single-Hand Yin-Yang Symbol Training-Yang
    2.7.7 Two-Person Single Hand Yin-Yang Symbol Training-Yin
    2.7.8 Vertical/Horizontal/Two Hand Training-Two Person
    2.7.9 Freestyle/Mixed Training
    C HAPTER 3: Taiji Jing Practice
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Injury Prevention
    3.3 Basic Jing Patterns for Taijiquan Pushing Training
    3.4 Coiling and Spiraling Training
    3.5 Listening and Following Training
    3.6 Controlling Jing Training
    3.7 Borrowing Jing
    C HAPTER 4: Single/Double Pushing Hands Training
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Stationary Single Pushing Hands
    4.3 Moving Single Pushing Hands
    4.3.1 Basic Step Training (Ji Ben Zou Bu Lian Xi,
    4.3.2 Stepping (Zuo Bu,
    4.3.3 Sense of Distance (Ju Gan,
    4.3.4 Sense of Angling (Jiao Du Gan,
    4.3.5 Basic Self Yin-Yang Neutralization Practice
    4.4 Stationary Double Pushing Hands
    4.4.1 Elbow Neutralization
    4.5 Moving Double Pushing Hands
    4.6 Peng/L /Ji/An International Double Pushing Hands
    C HAPTER 5: Taiji Rollback/Press Pushing Hands Training
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Small Rollback and Press
    5.3 Large Rollback and Press
    5.4 Mixed Rollback and Press Training
    5.5 Cai/Lie/Zhou/Kao International Routine
    5.6 Freestyle Moving Pushing Hands
    C HAPTER 6: Examples of Martial Applications in Taiji Pushing Hands
    6.1 Introduction
    6.1.1 The Three Different Fighting Ranges and Circles
    6.1.2 Sky and Ground Windows (
    6.2 Kicking in Taiji Pushing Hands
    6.3 Striking in Taiji Pushing Hands
    6.4 Wrestling in Taiji Pushing Hands
    6.5 Controlling in Taiji Pushing Hands
    C HAPTER 7: Conclusion
    Appendix: Translation and Glossary of Chinese Terms
    About the Authors
    Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming has been a person of great consequence in the world of Chinese martial arts for some decades. In order to pass on his considerable knowledge and skills, he established original schools in the U.S. and in other countries, and later he founded a classic mountain retreat center, and those unique institutions have provided platforms for matchless in-person teaching. His extensive writings and videos have reached practitioners world-wide who otherwise would not have any opportunity for study with this masterful instructor. I am one of countless practitioners and teachers whose paths have been well influenced by our interactions with Dr. Yang and by his publications.
    Mr. Grantham again brings his training and experiences to this latest publication within the continuing body of YMAA materials. One looks forward to more from him in the future.
    Teachers of pushing hands recognize that one of the most challenging tasks in giving directions is to find the right words not only to help students realize what it is that they need to do, but also to explain the reasons why it needs to be part of their studies. When such instruction is conveyed in the form of written words rather than in live interaction, it is even more essential that the information should be perfectly stated, clear, and well-ordered. Dr. Yang and Mr. Grantham have collaborated successfully to meet those requirements.
    This book will be a useful resource to taijiquan players at all levels of pushing hands experience. It is a welcome reference for teachers looking for solid material. And it can be an inspiration to practitioners who aspire to excellence in taijiquan and who wish for a kind of manual that has accessible and usable information on what to do and how to do it.
    Pat Rice
    Director, A Taste of China (retired)
    Director, Shenandoah Taijiquan Center and Shenandoah Wushu
    Director, Winchester Center of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Association
    Winchester, Virginia, USA
    August 2020
    To move continuously without breaking is a characteristic of taijiquan. Even when outwardly visible movement pauses, intention continues and unifies the practice. Over the hundreds of years

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