Taiji applications are often executed in a controlled and cooperative environment, but what happens when the opponent is not so cooperative? Below is an account of my own experience based on my own interpretation of taiji instruction.
The transition from Lazy Tying Coat to 6 Sealings 4 Closing, in the Chen Village manner, starts with weight over the front right leg. Both hands then deflect to a downward 45 degree angle as the weight shifts to the rear left leg. After that, the hands raise to chest height (with the weight mostly in the rear left leg) before shifting weight forward and executing the push.
In the above scenario, if my opponent “sticks” to me after the deflect, I am often uprooted. This is because the rollback ends with both my lower and upper body centered over my left leg. In other words, it ends with left foot solid, left hand solid. Anyone with a little bit of rooting and power can easily take over my centerline and in effect “bulldoze” right through me. In fact, my wife has done this to me and I am almost twice her weight!
However, when I tried this according to the Hong Junsheng method as outlined by Chen Zhonghua, I was able to successfully execute the application. The Hong Method addresses this issue by redefining the concept of double weighted:
When the left hand is solid the left foot must be empty. When the
right hand is solid, the right foot must be empty.
For more on the topic of double heavy read Misunderstanding Double Heavy? Applying this principle to 6 Sealings, 4 Closings, the rollback is executed with the weight remaining in the front right leg while the upper body becomes solid in the rear left. In other words, the right leg is solid and the left hand is solid. This creates equal opposing forces opposing forces within the body.
Using the 6 Sealings 4 Closings sequence found in the Hong Practical Chen Taiji Method, I was easily able to execute the application with little to no force. My body felt connected, rooted, and centered. It brought the concept of “Standing Like a Mountain” to a whole new level.
For an example of Chen Zhonghua demonstrating the application, check out the following video: