Pushing hands (video)

I thought the martial arts enthusiasts who read this might enjoy this video. Its me competing in push hands at a kung fu tournament in Ohio about three years ago. I’m the smaller of the two people in the video.

For that particular tournament the push hands division had no experience limits and I was 2 pounds above the cutoff for the heavyweight class. Which meant that I was the lightest and least experienced competitor in my division. I think I did ok, it could have been better though.

Anyway, one of my training buddies sent me the link and I thought it might make for interesting viewing.

For those of you wondering what push hands is, in its noncompetitive form it is a training tool used in the Chinese internal martial arts, most famously tai chi, to teach sensitivity to force being applied by your opponent and weaknesses in their structure. In its competitive form you use this sensitivity to manipulate your opponent outside of a marked area, usually a circle, for points.

That’s how I was taught to think about it anyway. People might disagree.

Comments are welcome by all.

Edit: looks like whoever put up the video took it down.
I’ll see if I can get a copy


6 Comments on “Pushing hands (video)”

  1. R. says:

    ha! you piked my interest and the voila! no video.


    messed up meng.

  2. Kwasi says:

    it vanished man.

    I still want a copy for me. Granted, I lost, but it was a good contest.

    If I find it I’ll put it up

  3. Don says:

    That wasn’t 2003’s Battle of Columbus, was it? I was there, though I couldn’t remember if it was that year or the year before when I was watching the push-hands competition. If it was the BOC, it was quite possible that I might’ve been watching you 😉

  4. Kwasi says:

    nope, it was the 2003 Wu Tang invitational in Akron. You didn’t go to that too did you?

    The fights are usually really good–>

  5. Byron Woodson says:

    The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin is a book by the subject of the American movie Searching for Bobby Fischer (chess phenom). The book is about his theory of learning which propelled him to the heights of the chess world, and later as the international champion of Tai Chi push-hands competition in both fixed and moving step. Great book, makes me want to slowly hit someone 🙂

  6. kwasi says:

    Thanks Brian, I will take a look at the book. It looks very interesting

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