Tuī Shǒu 推手Training Part 7
If we do not want to go against our partner’s pull, we can step forwards with our back leg and step to our partner’s back, circling so that we turn to face them. This is much easier and used less energy. The hands keep following the Lǚ 履, Jǐ 擠, Péng 掤 and Àn 按 sequence. If we both step forwards, we will both step in a full circle. This is good training as we can now step forwards and backwards whenever we are pulled. This is a drill, which we both need to get used to. Then we can do whatever we want and so we can attack and defend and the stepping will change depending on the situation and what we need to do. This will lead to many different kinds of step, but the key is to follow the energy when defending and attacking. Sometime we will be stationary and not move, and this is often because we are in a position to use Qínná 擒拿 – Locking and Controlling, to control our opponent and we can even use force or power to control, push or pull our partner off balance. In this way it is closer to fighting, but for now, we cannot punch or kick, but we can use our legs to trip and disrupt our partner’s balance.