Tai Chi Tuishou (Pushing Hands) Lesson 8
– Basic neutralization practice
Neutralizing the opponent’s force without using force requires the ability to sense the opponent’s intent before the have applied it, but after they have committed to it. This is where we get the tai chi proverb, “If my opponent doesn’t move, I don’t move. If my opponent moves, I move first.”
In this exercise, we learn to use our structure and intent to neutralize the opponent’s attack before the attack has moved.
It important that this exercise is done cooperatively and safely, but with real intent and honest energy.
Don’t try to win. This is not a competition. It is an exercise. You will never win an exercise.