I had my gong fu brother Joona from Helsinki visit me today. We trained Taiji and Baji, our teacher master Lu Baochuns two specialities. Lot’s of pushing hands and sparring practice was on the menu. Winter can also be a very nice time to practice outside.

The theme that came up in Taiji push hands frequently was the use of crossing power, expanding in all directions and keeping that energy on all the time. Activating the body but keeping it relaxed allowing the expansion to happen. When the opponent touches you he should feel the power and make him unable to get to your spine to lock you up for throws or further techniques. This creates a strong but relaxed usage of body and movement. This energy or power is the same as one of the three important energies in Baji, just used a differently. I remember a long time ago my teacher told me that when you have this then standup wrestling will become easier.

After pushing we moved to sparring, thinking about how to make Taiji principles work with more pressure. Also adding in more Baji into the mix. Same principles work in fighting as in pushing, pushing usually goes very deep into the time frame that happens between hits and techniques. That is how to keep your body always ready for the next move and being able to adapt to change without loosing your strength. Same principle of crossing power is needed when using Baji, when contact is made to the opponent he should be shook or at least not able to take out your balance while you change into the next technique, the situation should be in your control from start to finish.

Thank you Joona for bringing your Taiji ideas all the way here!

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