Demonstration versus Real Life

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We have to constantly remind ourselves that Taiji pushing hands during a demonstration is not Taiji pushing hands in real life. When we are demonstrating how a particular technique is applied in a demonstration, our opponent would stop and listen to our explanation. This causes a “break” in his movement, allowing us to exploit such a weakness.

In real life pushing hands, our opponent would not be so kind as to hold their positions in an awkward manner, and literally “wait” for us to exploit their weaknesses. Their movements would be more fluid and their approach more cautious.

It would be a folly to expect our real life opponents to be thrown off balance as easily as those during a demonstration. We should do a reality check on ourselves every now and then to avoid over-estimating our capabilities.

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