Comments and reviews of the Push Hands Meeting
On this page you can comment your experience at the Push Hands Meetings in Hannover. Constructive critics are welcome. Also you will find links to reviews of some of last 14 events. To get an idea of the first push hands meeting also see the video (dvd) of the 1st meeting.
Reviews of the 13th and14th Int. Push Hands Meeting
The International Push Hands Meeting staged in Hannover, Germany is a firmly fixed schedule in the minds of most northern European players, who like to exchange with others, in the often varied art of tai chi tui shou, or push hands as it’s better known to most. Taking place annually, and now in its 14th year, it provides the first opportunity of the year to meet friends, old and new, from various Europan locales… continue reading
13 years is a considerable time and many changes can take place over such a period and, despite any superstitious associations to the number, the 13th Push Hands Meeting was no less successful than any of the preceding events.
Organised by Nils Klug, a close student of William CC Chen, the gathering has been instrumental in garnering an open approach to the art of push hands (tui shou), freely showcasing teachers from a variety of styles and approaches whilst encouraging students of all levels to work together in a spirit of sharing and openness.
When I heard 13 years ago that Nils was to organise a 9-day push hands meeting I thought he was crazy…. Let’s face it most of the people who do tai chi don’t do push hands (and if they do it’s maybe 30-40 minutes once or twice a week) and most of the people who do push hands don’t do …… – well at least that’s been my point of view for some years…
When I attended the inaugural event I arrived at the venue bang on 10:00am (following a considerable journey from my native Scotland) and was ushered into the smaller studio where I was to work with three students for three hours. During this early meeting I became aware that much of the push-hands education around northern Germany centred on the concept of yielding and accepting force, which can be very helpful and creative, but in order to have a balanced, realistic approach one should also be concerned with returning force… continue reading