Tuishou (Pushing Hands) Lesson 4
This lesson explores the application of the “Four Directions” ( Peng, Lu, Ji, An) in the context of a single-handed two-person exercise.
Peng ~ “Ward-off”, or “Boing”
Lu ~ “Rolling” and neutralizing in order to maintain engagement with the opponent’s centre.
Ji ~ “Cramming” – a focused, horizontal energy
An ~ “Pressing” or “Pushing” – a downward and forward energy
Equally important, or even more important, is developing the ability to let go of the four basic energies when they become obsolete.
In order to apply each energy correctly, we must become equally skilled at not applying them.
This exercise is often taught as nothing more than a simple horizontal circle. It is a universal exercise common to all styles of tai chi. This is because, in spite of its apparent simplicity, it teaches some of the most important concepts in the practice of martial arts.