Three Steps Back

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After each push hands sessions, it is a good habit to do a quick review on our performance. This way we could have a better idea on what we have done well, and which area we would need to improve.

Many of my fellow practitioners would focus on how to “escape” from a disadvantageous position. For example, when the opponent has managed to destabilize the practitioner, he would find ways to regain back the stability. I would consider this type of learning as ineffective. This is equivalent to practicing how to regain balance when one stumbles and trips over.

Some would take two steps back and realize how the opponent manages to dislodge him. The practitioner then focuses on preventing the opponent from performing the actions which would dislodge the practitioner from his balance. While better than the earlier example, I would still consider this approach as sub-optimal. This is as if one would constantly look out for obstacles, and would stop walking when he comes across a potential tripping block.

Taking three steps back, it would be ideal if one would review his own positioning at the point when the opponent dislodges him. If one had been able to maintain his balance throughout the pushing hands session, the opponent would not be able to destabilize him at all. Thus through such a review, one could have an idea how to improve on his balance. When one is consistently able to maintain his balance, he would not have to worry about tripping over banana skins on the floor.

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