""Hua" means something along the lines of "transferring energy", I've also heard it called "neutralization" though that is only part of it. It means that you are yeilding to force, then leading that force to an advantageous place so you can apply it back against your opponent. Taking the force to the ground is done by "sinking", bouncing your opponent away is then the "rising" after you sink.
I believe you will find that "sinking" and "folding" have a lot in common, if you're more familiar with that term, I've often heard "bowing", as in "take a bow", used to describe the same thing. You "sink" by folding your spine, then "rise" or unfold, or unbow, the spine to bounce your opponent away with the stored energy in your spine.
Think of a bow and arrow, your spine is the string of the bow, the energy is the arrow. Your opponent pushes the bowstring back, then you release it. That's crude, but as close as my poor writing skills will allow." Bamenwubu
That's a great explanation, thanks very much!
Bamenwubu, you also wrote:
"I remember the bouncing thread, go to the top of the Push Hands section, where it says something like "Show topics from the last twenty days", click the down arrow, choose "show all topics" at the bottom of the list, then click "go". The Bouncing thread is a couple down the list, if I'm remembering rightly." Bob
The one I was referring to specifically, though, I don't know if you recall it, goes back maybe six months?...Louis was mentioning a sparrow, and "hopping" in correlation with "bouncing". It was a rather animate conversation...anyways, doubtfull anyone would remember that now~lost to the winds it would seem...
The "Bouncing" thread you lead me to, above, is excellent, and I believe I have enough to ingest or......swallow
on the art of bouncing for quite a while now.