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New DVD - Tai Chi Push Hands Volume 1

PushHands200 A couple of weeks ago, we had a push hands workshop where we went over five patterns of Chen style push hands and some of the principles you need to know when practicing basic push hands.

My ace videographer, Nancy, taped the workshop (all three hours) and I've boiled it down to an hour and 24 minutes on a new DVD. The camcorder rolled while we practiced and while I coached students in the patterns and principles of basic push hands.

Push hands is a physical skill. It isn't just for developing "sensitivity," although that is part of it. Push hands requires years of practice to develop the ability to soften, change, neutralize and counter-attack when an opponent's energy comes at you. It also teaches you the weaknesses in your tai chi movements.

Push hands practice requires all the internal skill and body mechanics of good tai chi.

The DVD costs $25.00 with free shipping in the U.S. and Canada. There's a $5.00 charge for International shipping.  To order, click on the link on the right side of the page (under DVDs and Books).

I like to do DVDs that show actual instruction and corrections. I think it's easier to learn when you see people learning and making mistakes that hopefully will teach the viewer how to correct the mistakes.

Now, it's time to work on the final DVD in the series on the Laojia Yilu fighting applications, a DVD that I shot before leaving Tampa. Later, I plan to put together a push hands applications DVD that will show some of the ways an opponent will attack you, and what to do when that happens.

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