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Making the change from Ving Tsun Sticky Hands to Taijiquan Pushing Hands should be an easy one. Of course, a fire drill is always easy, until one has a real fire in their backyard. Thus, to understand this change one must make a few adjustments in the way they think about things.

First, the Sticky Hands of Ving Tsun is usually done with a certain springiness in the limbs. Someone pushes on your defense, and you give away enough to guide them, and then spring into the opening created. This is a generality, and there is a lot more to the drill, but it is what we must focus on to make our transition.

Second, the pushing hands of Taijiquan is actually a bit misnamed. It should be called 'emptying the whole body,' simply, one must give way until the opponent over pushes and thus unbalances himself. This summation of Pushing Hands is quite inadequate, but, again, we are attempting to bridge from one exercise to another, and this is what we must focus on.

Now, we go from giving way with a certain 'springiness' inherent in the movement, to a giving way (emptying of) with the entire body. One drill is giving way with the arms, and the other is to absent the whole body from incoming forces. Thus, if one can take the 'springy' quality out of the arms, and just concentrate on emptying the arms and the rest of the body, the transition can be accomplished easily.

When an opponent strikes and you feel that the springing quality is not sufficient for the situation, or you just feel like converting into Taiji, match the velocity of the incoming strike, turn the waist, and guide him past. It goes without saying, that he should not feel you manipulate him. It must be a guidance not of flesh to flesh, but of hair to hair. Your touch should be so soft that he doesn't fight it.

At this point you should be able to question whether you are doing the art of Ving Tsun, or the art of Taiji. The only difference, you see, is in the depth and height of stance. You may be standing in a two legged stance (goat riding) or in a single leg stance of some height, versus being in the deeper shifting stance that is common to Taijiquan.

So we come to the crux of the matter. Give way in sticky hands and let the attacker fall through (or into a lock). Or give way in pushing hands, and then use springiness.

We are not really talking large differences here, merely subtle differences that are, truth be told, inherent in either exercise should one take the time to study gung fu long enough and with a correct eye to the potentials. The whole point here, is to help people who have been trained in one art to adjust to new training and new methods, and new (sometimes just stated differently) awareness. That is how you make the transition from Ving Tsun Sticky Hands to Taijiquan Pushing Hands.


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I love it when people argue over which is better, Karate or Tai Chi Chuan, because it is a bogus question. The point I'm putting forth here is that they are opposite sides of the same coin. This is one of those things that most people haven't really come to grips with.

To define the art of Karate one would first describe it as linear, for everyone has the rather erroneous idea that Karate is straight lines. Second, one would think of explosiveness, for the violence of Karate explodes outward from the center of the body. And, there isn't a clearly definable third point to be discussed here.

To describe the beautiful Tai Chi art one would think circular, for the movements of the art loop and twine like a snake in love with itself. Secondly, one would say slow motion, and here is the first point of contrast to be made. Most people, you see, usually don't understand what an explosion is.

An explosion is an expansion of energy in all directions from a central point. The question I put forth here is...what is the actual speed of an explosion? We have set notions, probably established by the violence we expect from such a happening, but the truth is, there is no set speed which would define an explosion.

Thus, when considering TCC there is an explosion, but it is slow and sustained. Both martial arts take their power from the explosion. Both have power, but the technical application is where we have the seeming divergence of arts.

Tai Chi accepts the attack, and circles it back into itself, and expels or otherwise handles it. Karate accepts the attack, and destroys it. It may seem rude, but we don't care about that; we care about the fact that real karate is not herky jerky angles. Bad Karate is, but the real and good stuff is smooth and liquid, and the movements of the body are filled with subtle circles.

The real problem here is that people tend to set their ideas in stone as to what a Martial Art is, and they categorize and label, and they usually miss the point. The best martial arts I ever saw was my Korean Karate sensei, who was as liquid as greased oil. He just used the explosions and circles and angles like a master of TCC, but in a different application.

The real key here is to define the direction of the attack, and then decide which art is appropriate to your whim and the moment. And, here is something, can you change your Tai Chi Chuan into hard explosiveness? Or, can you change your Karate explosiveness into a harmonious handling of violence?

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Tai chi chuan is a form of Chinese martial art that is usually practiced for various grounds including competition, longevity and health. The name was derived from taiji. There are modern and traditional forms of training for this martial art. During the initial training in tai chi, you will have to learn some solo routines which are referred to as forms. Most people associate this form of art with slow movements but there are some secondary forms of this art that include fast movements.

There are three aspects that are involved in the study of taichi including:

The movements make you focused and calm and will help you to relieve stress and maintain homeostasis. This meditation occurs when you are practicing the soft style of taichi.

This form of martial art focuses on relieving any form of stress on your body and mind to allow you to meditate and get to that state or calmness and also be able to use tai chi as a martial art since physical fitness is necessary if you want to defend yourself properly.

Martial art
Once you have understood the art of tai chi chuan, you can be able to apply it in self defense. When it comes to the martial art aspect of you will study how to change as a way of responding to outside forces. You are taught how to yield and stick to an incoming attack instead of trying to put up an opposing force.

There are 5 styles of taichi which are named according to the Chinese family from where each of them originated. These five include, Chen, Yang, Wu style of Wu Yuxiang and Wu style of Wu Quanyuo. There are various fusion styles, new styles and offshoots of the original styles.

There are two features that are included in the core training of tai chi chuan. The first is the solo form which has slow movements that highlight the spine natural movements and abdominal breathing. This feature retains the posture, improves circulation through your body, keeps your joints flexible and makes you familiar with the way these movements are used for the martial art aspect. The second feature is the various approaches of pushing hands.

Various hospitals, community and senior centers and clinics now have taichi classes. This is because it involves low stress training which is suitable for seniors. This modern form of tai chi chuan is practiced for self defense, physical and mental benefits and for aesthetic appeal. This makes it one of the most popular activities used to maintain health and fitness after yoga.

Taichi can also be practiced as a form of sport as there are many international games where practitioners compete against each other. The Chinese have for many years used tai chi for health purposes and the modern world is now interested in the benefits that can be derived from it. Many studies are being carried out to find the most effective styles and the duration which a participant needs to do the movements to achieve maximum benefits.

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