24 Posture Taijiquan (24 Form Tai Chi)
“Ward Off” aka “Peng”
“Peng” is an onomatopoeic expression which translates into English as “Boing”, “Bump” or even “Peng.” It describes the buoyant energy that protects a body which is relaxed and properly aligned. Peng is seen here as an action. But it is really an internal power (“jing”) or quality “gong” that is developed through consistent practice. When peng is properly manifested, any external force applied to the expert’s body will seem to float and fail to uproot its target.
When performing “Peng” or “Ward Off”, it is important to stay relaxed and pay attention to the proper alignment of the arm with the rest of the body. Feel the connection to the ground. Do not think about pushing anything away with the arm. The power of peng comes from the legs. The direction of the peng comes from the waist and hips. The expression is in the round and relaxed arms.
Under no circumstances should you try to increase the tension in your shoulders or arm.
Peng is a shape. It is not a block.