Tui Shou
Primarily a dynamic exercise to develop body sensitivity

Tui Shou literally translates to "Push Hands" is the third and final triad of traditional Tai Chi Chuan. Tui Shou is a fluid and rhythmic set of hand movements and body that is convenient to both. Both practitioners practicing in partnership. He insists on using the Chi rather than on its expansion and movement in the body. Tui Shou is based on the forms of Tai Chi, using many of his movements and positions. Indeed, the principles and concepts of the forms can be extended to Tui Shou. There are many parallels that can be drawn between the Tui Shou and forms of Tai Chi. Both are fluid in their actions, both focus on the movement of energy, and share the same stability of motion and strength of the structure. But what sets them apart is that the Tui Shou asks that the work done in cooperation with other persone to gain experience by applying the principles of Tai Chi. Tui Shou is Tai Chi Chuan and applied the principles of Tai Chi "put into action" that the practice of the only forms do not achieve. Often the teachers will teach Tui Shou that after teaching forms.

principles and concepts that lie behind Tai Chi Chuan. Once you have an understanding of their fundamentals, Tui Shou can then be taught, so that time is spent fruitfully on their usage and application. Tui Shou is primarily a dynamic exercise between two people who face each other. There are many types which can range from a single-handed sequence of repeated movements to a full-length two man set. Each type of Tui Shou has a particular use and function. Although little seen in public, Tui Shou is important, and forms a large part of Tai Chi practice.


Before we start Tui Shou, it is understood that it demands interaction, co-operation and trust between the two practitioners. It also requires a willingness to concede part of yourself to your partner in order to gain its full benefits. Tui Shou’s most superficial aspect involves one practitioner constantly testing the other’s structure and stability by applying pressure in different directions. By being pushed away by our partner heralds a weakness in our own posture and represents a flaw in the application of the Tai Chi principles within that posture. We can therefore reflect upon the mistakes found by our

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