Recommended for all players, two person work is used to explore the interaction aspect of taiji.  Students can explore the importance of principles while applying the techniques practiced in the taiji empty hand forms.  Push hands (tui shou) partners help each other relax, center, listen, and express application

This was the push hands bout for Violet Anderson, gold medalist at the CACMA spring tournament in Charlotte, 2012.

Push hands can be explored as an informative companion to the the form and also as a competitive exploration of the martial side of taiji.  Both approaches to push hands are explored in the push hands class and monthly workshop. Beginning push hands students are highly encouraged to attend the 2nd Saturday workshop that is held monthly.  The Monday night push hands class includes technique and drill training as well as exploration of free pushing. Periodically, the Monday class may also offer practice in tournament-style push-hands (seen in the video to the right), during which each participant will have an opportunity to be a competitor, referee, judge, timekeeper, and scorekeeper.

Workshop information can be found here and weekly class information can be found here.