PUSH HANDS TWIN FALLS/SUN VALLEY
TUISHOU, also known as PUSH HANDS, is an in-depth method of healing and an invaluable tool for promoting personal growth. TUISHOU are the two person training routines practiced within the Internal Arts of Taijiquan, Xyingyiquan and Baguazhang. This tool is used in the engagement of another’s energy without fear of injury, and promotes an in depth understanding of such principles as relaxation, sensitivity, positioning, coordination, reflex, leverage, and timing.
Also within the art of Taijiquan exists SANSHOU, more commonly referred as SANDA, and is a self defense system that eventually evolved into a combative full-contact sport.
We often identify strongly with our habits of behavior, reaction, and opinions. These rigid patterns of reaction eventually become our “self-image”. Any suggestion of change and fluidity might be seen as a challenge to our identity. Yet change and fluidity are an essential part of life. It is called growth.
The fluidity of the body and the “attention” we develop in Push Hands allows us to identify with creativity, change, harmony and spontaneity. We then begin to no longer see ourselves as one rigid pattern, but as a constant evolution of natural processes.
The effective practice of TUISHOU (Push Hands) instills a great depth of sensitivity, relaxation and precision. Taiji practitioners use Push Hands to continually improve upon their flexibility, timing, balance, creativity and numerous other qualities. TUISHOU also provides a gentle way to “engage” another Taiji practitioners “energy” without risk of injury. There exists many variations of the TUISHOU exercise, each with it’s own particular benefits.
TUISHOU within the discipline of Taiji is truly decided upon by each practitioner. The lack of appreciation for Push Hands is perhaps due to the misconceptions about what role it plays within Taiji. If the practitioner’s “intent” is inner peace, daily practice will grant that. If the “intent” is health maintenance and fitness, Taiji Push-Hands is peerless. If the “intent” is martial, Push Hands provides countless benefits. Regardless of the “intent”, Martial, Medicinal, or Spiritual, Taiji accommodates all expectations and TUISHOU remains an integral part of the concept of change.
Taijiquan and TUISHOU can change what the world looks like for us by changing our view of it. After all, our health and our lives are merely reflections of our state of mind. As the breath and body move in unison, so does the mind, clearing energetic blockages that normally lock us into fixed emotional and psychological patterns. This extremely empowering “meditation in motion” continually reminds us that change is always a necessary constant for the growth and unfolding of our human nature.
To learn more about TUISHOU (Push Hands), Yichuan, Qigong, and Tai Chi Chuan in Twin Falls/Sun Valley Idaho, or Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs… you can contact us via email or phone at 208-316-5763
Yichuan Twin Falls/Sun Valley
YICHUAN, better known to most as ” Meditation”, is the most important aspect of training in Qigong, Taijiquan, Xyingyiquan, Baguazhang, Tui Shou, and Liu He Ba Fa (all known as the “internal” arts of China). Within the study guide each member receives, on every page throughout, is the encouragement:
“REGULATING THE BREATH, RELAXING THE MIND, CALMING THE BODY, AND RELEASING THE EMOTIONS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH, VITALITY AND WELLNESS. YICHUAN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF YOUR TRAINING, DO NOT NEGLECT IT”.
THE TAIJIQUAN/QIGONG ORGANIZATION OF TWIN FALLS/SUN VALLEY IDAHO, AND COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO ENCOURAGES, ADVOCATES AND ASSERTS THE ADJUNCT USE OF “MEDITATION AS MEDICATION”.
IT IS WIDELY ACCEPTED THAT A PERSON MORE RELAXED, CALM AND AT EASE CAN MORE POSITIVELY ACCESS, INFLUENCE, AND FACILITATE ANY HEALTHCARE MODALITY THEY MIGHT WISH TO UTILIZE.
Regardless of one’s “intent”, be it Martial, Medicinal or Spiritual, without the mastery of this meditational process, your attempts will be fruitless and your goals perhaps never realized. The many benefits of this “internal” training are evident in one’s overall improvement of health, focus, endurance, balance, strength, flexibility, sensitivity, coordination and “essence”. Many find the practice difficult at first, but with continued diligence, begin to more readily sense the euphoric expression of energy flowing more efficiently through a relaxed and calm mind, body and spirit. From the ancient Taoist belief that deep diaphragmatic breathing controlled the energy of the body came the knowledge that “the breath controls the energy, energy leads the blood, and the blood is that which revitalizes the mind body and spirit”. Subsequently, relaxing the breath relaxes the mind; relaxing the mind in turn relaxes the body; which in turn relaxes and has profound impact on the emotional stasis. Thusly, acquiring relaxation of JING (essence or physicality), CHI (energy or life force) and SHEN (spirit or that which animates oneself) simultaneously, perpetuates a keenly intense awareness of one’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. So the three Pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine, JING (essence), Chi (energy), and Shen (spirit), also known as the “SAN BAO”, (or THREE TREASURES) adhere to the basic premise of Taoist Philisophy. The principle of “the cyclical conflicting and opposing forces of nature, through opposition and conflict create harmony and balance” has for millennia, been the foundation of Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I have been involved in various martial arts for over 20 years and hold several black belts in different Korean and Japanese styles. Studying Meditation, Taiji and Qigong helps me relax and retain my focus in today’s hectic and demanding society while helping me to progress physically, mentally and spiritually.
In traditional martial arts schools only a few privileged students are given personal attention by the head instructor. With Sifu Dulling one receives ONLY “personal and individualized instruction”. Also, many people that are new or not immersed in martial arts wonder if the instruction they are receiving is authentic. Very rarely do you find an Instructor of Sifu Dulling’s caliber. This is not a business or a chain. There are no references to some “mythical” grandmaster when you have a question about a concept or technique. Having acquired knowledge of these arts from some of the greatest and most renowned Masters of our time, Blakely is simply a deeply humble, immensely skilled, extremely devoted martial artist and “healer” who has continued the tradition of lifelong study and dedication to his art. There are no closed circles or special students. Sifu Dulling’s knowledge is available to anyone with an earnest desire to improve themselves through the arts of Tai Chi and Qigong. Sifu Dulling not only teaches and practices his art, he LIVES it everyday.
Dr. Jason Arble DVM, MS
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Radiology
Studying Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with Sifu Dulling is a life enriching experience. In my five years of study, the practice of these arts has had positive impacts on my health, my sense of well-being, and my performances as a professional musician. Going far beyond simple instruction in how to move one’s body, Sifu Dulling’s knowledge and abilities as a teacher allows these amazing disciplines to integrate mind, body and spirit. It has truly been a life-altering experience.
Director Pikes Peak
Center on Aging
Co. Springs Philharmonic Orchestra