Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Let It Go

Why do you resist? Why don’t you let it go?

Its common for students to think they are practicing push hands correctly when they are putting in resistance. But what resistance only does is to make them stiffen up, unbalanced and ready to be beaten.

Its easy to confuse resisting with putting up a fight. I fight back by not resisting.


By not resisting I can move like a sphere, to blend, harmonize, borrow movement, borrow strength and as I do so to use rotation to unbalance using the forces of centripetal and centrifugal. Since I have already explained these principles in TaijiKinesis Vol 2 I will not repeat them here.

When you stop resisting you can go with the flow, adapt, blend and use the training partner’s movements to put yourself in a favorable position to control him. When you resist you end up trying to move faster, use more strength yet ultimately still unable to overcome your partner, at least not so effortlessly.

So the next time you have a problem trying to overcome your training partner instead of resisting harder try letting go instead. If you have been diligently training your form and trying your best to observe the principles you should take a chance and trust in your own training. If the principles have been absorbed into your body’s muscle memory the form should now do you once you let go of your attachment to your own body.



Author: ZenMindSword

Mushin is a practitioner, researcher and trainer for Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. He is also author of The Ip Man Koans, The Ip Man Questions and TaijiKinesis series of eBooks, as well as co-author of Complete Wing Chun.

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