Pushing hands or tuishou is a Tai Chi exercise, practiced between two people. The objective is to stay balanced while keeping constant contact with your partner.

The key techniques are redirecting force, staying balanced and diverting the opponent’s attempts by pushing and yielding.

The philosophy and strategies in Pushing Hands offer much insight we can apply in the business world.

First, we shall look at the key components of Pushing Hands exercise.

  • Feel the direction and strength of a partner’s intention: develop your sensing function.
  • How to respond to external stimuli: to push or to yield.
  • How to redirect the force: the object is to stay balanced.
  • When a person looses his or her balance, the other wins.

The first phase is about sensing what the opponent is trying or thinking to do. In order to break your partner’s balance, you need to be able to read their intentions, and find the right timing to redirect an attack or to make an attack. Therefore the Pushing Hands exercise helps to develop the ability to anticipate people’s actions and understand their needs, while being at the ready to react swiftly and effectively.

This technique could help leaders in companies to deal with conflicts in the team. As an outstanding leader in a company, you have to feel all the energy that flows inside the group. A leader is not supposed to go against the flow, but should be able to direct different flows to become a joint, united effort. 

Secondly, being grounded to stay in balance during the exercise is a crucial part in Pushing Hands. The exercise teaches you how to be grounded, as it is also the key to success in business. A grounded leader is like a mountain. Other people are more likely to depend on your leadership.

Pushing Hands also teach you how to stay relax under pressure. You will learn how the status of relaxation can be a great source of power. If you are stiff, you lose.

Our students at The Academy like Pushing Hands, for it provides a unique way to get to know the others, and yourself in a very short time.

This article is written by Jia Luo for The Alan Winner Academy C.I.C.