Principle: Taiji Push Hands is always about my mind, body, structure, angle, space, timing, etc. It is not an emphasis on responding to my opponent. It is always about
… adjusting my structure, to sustain my center. It involves rotating joints, to reorganize my inner body relationships, creating appropriate angles, to occupy the optimal space for my center balance to be sustained, while my opponent’s space and center is taken away.
What I like about the above quote is the notion that Push Hands is about ourselves, maintaining our own center equilibrium. It’s not about what our opponents are doing, but what we are doing within ourselves to maintain ourselves.
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