#"Pushing Hands" is often not taught, as it requires physical contact and partner work.
Normally it is very gentle and great for body strength - especially the legs. It can be done competitively, but I think it is best treated as a game (Both for the Mind and Body) - hence 'Play Pushing Hands', as it is often referred to in China.
I have created a sequence of Pushing Hands, based on the 8 energies, called Push hands sequential. It follows the natural sequence of 8 energies, in response to move from you partner. This is:
Push Hands Sequential
Normally the sequence is stated as:
The 8 Energies are: • PENG (extension) • LÜ (brushing, to pass through to the inside) • JI (pressure, Squeeze) • AN (pressing) • CAI (picking, uprooting) • LIE (parts/dividing) • ZHOU (elbow-Energy) • KAO (shoulder energy)
I will explain the differences in my next blog on Pushing Hands.