Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | March 27, 2009

Adhere/stick; Connect/follow

In tai chi, we try to adhere to our opponent so that we can use our listening power to determine where they are going, so we can help them get there! We develop a “sticky power,” developed in two person drills like push hands, like being magnetized to the person. Our center is then connected to the opponent and we can follow in order to eventually take over and toss them all over the place. It’s funny to watch masters demonstrating push hands with their students, understanding that the students are cooperating in order for the teacher to demonstrate the technique, but, you’ll notice a lot of these guys can’t help laughing out loud, or at least smiling, because it’s fun to be able to effortlessly toss someone around like a rag doll!!

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