2018年8月29日 星期三


Push Hands with the Blind

Written by Wu RH, Translated by Tang YY

Sightless people face obstacles almost everywhere they go. Often because they can’t exercise easily, they don’t. Many of them gain weight as their quality of living declines and their health deteriorates.

The video shows blind folks at the Institute for the Blind of Taiwan practicing Tai Chi push hands, getting all sweaty, which they don’t get often.

Tai Chi form and push hands are among very few exercises that the blind can do and can do well in spite of their disability. In fact, their ability to push hands may be enhanced by their lack of sight, and consequently a lack of visual distractions. Sightless people are more sensitive than sighted people in the sense of touch, and that is a precious property in the practice of push hands.

Therefore, the blind and perhaps even people with other disabilities are a population who can benefit greatly from the practice of Tai Chi Chuan push hands.


[盲人練習太極拳推手影片]
盲人朋友因活動空間的設限,使他們無法與明眼人一樣正常走路運動,尤其面對不友善的環境,處處受到阻礙,寸步難行。無法正常走路運動,身體的肥胖自然跟隨而來,健康及生活品質也受到影響。
太極拳架與推手訓練是少數盲友能跟明眼人ㄧ樣,可以盡情揮灑體力,享受運動流汗及切磋技藝的運動項目,影片是台灣盲人重建院的盲友練習太極拳推手技藝的畫面。所謂:眼不見為淨,盲友的手感、聽感皆比正常人敏銳,但因缺乏友善的活動空間與良好的運動環境,使他們的體能及身體素質,不如常人,若能藉由規律的太極拳架與推手訓練,培養運動習慣,即可鍛鍊身體,又能朝太極拳的聽勁與懂勁方向探索。


2018年8月24日 星期五


Suppleness in pushing hands

By Wu RH, Compiled and Translated by Alex

        Most people believe pushing hands to be a difficult skill to learn with a risk for injury while training. This misconception results from erroneous ideas and inappropriate technique.
Suppleness in pushing hands means to stick to the opponent, to listen and follow his movement, to move in a continuous way without using force. Practicing in this manner not only safeguards from injury, but it also stimulates the body’s deeper potential. At a higher level, the skills of neutralization and fajing (discharge) are refined, as the coach draws the opponent’s upper body joints (wrists, elbows, shoulders, back, waist) to disrupt the structure of his lower body joints (hips, knees, ankles). For most people to keep their balance, they will need to rely on the full participation of their brain and nervous system, on the whole range of movement of their muscles, joints and ligaments. It is in this way, to keep the body stable, that the deeper potential is activated.
A coach must be light and agile with his body and hands. He should not clumsily push and pull with hard strength, otherwise he might cause injury or bring about unwanted results. Not being light and agile also preempts the development of the skills of tingjing (hearing the opponent) and dongjing (understanding the opponent). As for his mental attitude, the coach must cultivate the qualities of humbly receding, yielding, and guiding.


【一般人皆可參與的推手訓練課程】
對一般人而言,推手訓練是遙不可及的技術,深怕推手訓練時身體受到傷害,這是錯誤的觀念與不當技術所造成的誤解,黏、貼、連、隨、不丟頂為法之鬆柔推手訓練法,不但不會受傷,而且具備激發身體潛能的功能,及鬆柔走化與發勁技巧之趣味性,教練可以藉由腕、肘、肩、背脊等關節部位之牽引,破壞對手髖、膝、踝等關節部位之結構。一般人為了維持平衡,必須透過腦部的神經系統,動員全身各部位之肌肉、關節與韌帶之機能,以確保身體的穩定,而身體的潛能也將被激發。
唯教練必須具備輕靈的身手,不得以拙力硬推硬拉,否則將造成身體的傷害及反效果,失去身手的輕靈,也等於放棄聽勁與懂勁的訓練方向。在心理素質方面,也必須調整為謙讓、柔順、牽引及誘導等等心法及訓練法。





2018年8月13日 星期一


太極拳的經濟學
The Economy of Tai Chi Chuan
吳榮輝 撰文湯耀洋 先生英譯By Wu RH, Compiled and Translated by Tang YY

In Tai Chi Chuan practice, the hand never goes higher than the top of the head, and the elbow stays below the shoulder. The body is loosened, the back rounded, and the tailbone tucked in. This is a posture of self restraint, self effacing, and functionally self preservation. By purposely not exert yourself, you can remain energetic for the long haul—you remain the last one standing, long after your push hands partner has fallen from exhaustion that inevitably follows his overexertion.

How do you achieve such energy economy?

2018年8月5日 星期日


World Tai Chi Chuan Federation – Tai Chi Institute

Supple Tai Chi Chuan 2018
Form and Pushing Hands Training Sessions


Master Wu Rong-Hui, with a team of experienced teachers, will transmit the secrets to achieve perfect relaxation in the practice of any Tai Chi Chuan form and pushing hands.
From the Ten Essential Principles of Yang Cheng-Pu, Master Wu will clarify right practice of the skills of “Head straight and the neck relaxed”, “Sink the shoulders and drop the elbows”, “Hollow the chest and round the back”, “Relax the abdomen”, “Distinguish between full (yin) and empty (yang)”. Building upon this set of basic skills, he will introduce the Eight Training Methods for Natural Movement laid bare by Master Soong Zhi-Jian : “Original Space Position”, “Original Body Position”, relying on the ground reaction force, inertia and the power of the waist, etc.
By putting this foundational work into practice in Pushing Hands drills, Master Wu will guide us towards a natural understanding of Cheng Man-Qing’s principles of “No arms in Taichi”, “Lose to gain” and “Invest in loss”. As the Tai Chi Classics say : “Softness overcomes hardness” and “Four ounces topple one thousand pounds”.

Time : Every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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