Alchemy of Pushing Hands

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Singing Dragon, May 15, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 128 pages
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The practice of Pushing Hands (Tui Shou) is generally thought of as a means of enhancing the practice of Taiji Quan, but it is also an independent practice in its own right. Pushing Hands develops sensitivity to the body's internal state and can be used to help control the emotions, the circulation of energy and physical balance. This book teaches the reader how to act or react in harmony with any external event without losing their 'balance' or center, enabling them to respond with confidence and flexibility to each situation. Illuminating the principles of body construction, this accessible and practical guide to Pushing Hands explains the eight types of concentration and the six "efforts" required to master them. Taking the reader through the thirteen principles of Pushing Hands and nine keys of movement which enable the proper flow of energy, the author provides a thorough understanding of the various elements of Pushing Hands practice. Exercises for developing concentration and pushing hands techniques are clearly explained and illustrated throughout the book. Whether practising Pushing Hands in conjunction with Taiji Quan or as an independent practice, this book is ideal for practitioners and students of Chinese martial and health arts.
 

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Contents

Editors Note
3
Introduction
6
Concentration
16
Constructing the Sphere of the Self
32
Sequence and Rhythm
56
YinYang
63
Listening
66
Long and Short Energy
70
Developing Forces An and Ji
76
The Art of Gathering
94
Creating Eight Forces
97
Pushing Hands Steps
112
Creating Fajing
118
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Oleg Tcherne is a practitioner of internal martial arts with over 25 years of experience. The main focus of Oleg's practice is Daoist Alchemy. He has undergone teaching with Daoist monks in China and has practiced with a variety of masters. He currently teaches and practices Chen style Taiji Quan with Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang.

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