<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Bamenwubu:
<B>I don't want to make any assumptions, so I'll ask the question rather than do so.
In the school of TCC in which I used to train there is a Three Stage theory of progression for Push Hands practice:
First stage: Push for about ten or fifteen minutes to get "warmed up". This is the physical stage. Then rest for a few minutes to let the muscles rest.
Second stage: The next stage is mechanical. This is where you concentrate on receiving pushes from your partner. This stage is the one that is like a massage around your spine, if you are receiving and moving correctly. If not, you have blockages along the meridians that are on either side of the spine. A high level person can tell when they push you that you have these blockages and can help you get rid of them. Mostly, from what I can gather, it has to do with being able to tell how stiff the person is and being able to get them to work through that by relaxing and moving along with the push. Then you rest again for a few minutes.
Third stage: This is the "mind" stage, where you finally get the full benefit of pushing hands. At this stage, you are building more chi.
You are supposed to concentrate most on receiving pushes from your partner. 90% of your focus should be on receiving and only 10% should be on delivering a push to your opponent.
The first stage should be done using basic push hands, but the rest can be accomplished using any form of pushing.
Would this be relevant to Yang family TCC push hands as well?
I've always rather liked this progression, but don't wish to associate it with Yang style PH if it's not appropriate.
Thanks for any insights.
That actually isn't an accurate description of the approach to a pushing hands workout in the Wu's T'ai Chi Academies. Sifu Stephen Britt informs me that he has recently begun posting on this message board. Sifu Britt is the number 1 student of Sifu Eddie Wu Kwong-yu (I am a lowly number 25) and has noticed several people here talking about him. Normally such wouldn't elicit much notice, but since this is the Yang family's official site (and we have respect for the Yang family) he therefore suggests that if anyone has any questions about how the Wu style trains that they should email him directly at email@example.com
or for more general questions visit his website at www.wustyledetroit.com
Instead of relying on information (however well intentioned) from people who say they are former students, I'd recommend accurate information from current teachers.
[This message has been edited by Polaris (edited 05-01-2005).]