Sunday, February 28, 2016
Today, when I was practicing push hands with Patrick Kuo. We started just doing free push hands, and later we focused on a particular move he wanted to do. He couldn't successfully execute the move cleanly because he couldn't keep one of the shoulder-kua axis fixed. As I was driving to show him how I would do, I realized something. I was able to execute ok as a demo, but often when I try to do it in free push hands I struggle. For that move to be successful, my arm needed to be under the opponent's armpit and not above the shoulder, so that I could have a proper catch. In order to have that proper catch, even before I engage with the opponent, I need to think about the kind of position I want to put myself in, and where my body parts need to be. That was so important if I want to have a successful move. I need to follow a procedure to put myself in the right place, and then complete the move whether I think it is going to successful or not. With repeated practice, the move will become more natural and less detectable.