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The Teachings of Yang Chengfu

Be conscientious about Ward Off, Roll Back, Press and Push.
Up and down follow each other, then the opponent will find it difficult to enter.
No matter if he uses enormous power to attack me
I use four ounces to lead him aside deflecting, his one thousand pounds.
Guide his power into emptiness, then immediately attack.
Adhere-Connect, Stick-Follow, do not lose him.

THE SONG OF PUSH HANDS attributed to Wong Zongyue

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Yang Tai Chi Partner Exercises
15 hours Private Course

Beginner to Intermediate Level
Yang Style Tai Chi Partner Exercises
7 Principles of Yang Pushing Hands
8 Energies & Pushing Hands Theory
Original 13 Postures of Taijiquan
Single & Double Arm Circling
Horizontal & Vertical Neutralization
Intro to Martial Application
15hrs private classes
5 x 3hrs + ebook & video

USD 495

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30 hours Private Course

Intermediate Level
Yang Style Tai Chi Partner Exercises
8 Energies & Pushing Hands Theory
Advanced Posture & Structure Training
Silk Reeling Exercises
Ward Off- Peng Jin Training
Single & Double Arm Circling Drills
Wrist & Elbow Neutralization
Xiao Lu & Da Lu Partner Forms
Free Style Fixed Step Pushing Hands
(Includes 24 Forms Review & Corrections)
30hrs private classes
15 x 3hrs + ebook & video

USD 895

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Pushing Hands (Tuishou) is a simplified form of sparring popular with students of Tai Chi Chuan. It is a gentle sport of control where success is achieved by upsetting the balance of one’s opponent. Lacking the punches and kicks common in the practice fighting of many external martial arts, it uses a soft style or internal technique to experience the energy that is directed at you. The roots of Tai Chi Pushing Hands lay in the Tao philosophy of yin and yang, which teaches that hardness can overcome softness, and softness can overcome hardness. Negative and positive exist throughout the universe in a process of constant change and reversal. Therefore, in Tai Chi Chuan, we must first be sensitive to the quality of the energy directed toward us, and spontaneously yield, deflect and transform the negative into balance with the positive. This circling momentum can then be redirected back at the opponent as we begin our own attack at their weak point. Anyone who can identify energy fullness and emptiness, substantial and insubstantial, can use Tai Chi Chuan to their advantage. This can be achieved if the principles of yin and yang are thoroughly understood, experienced, and applied through the regular practice of the internal structure of Tai Chi Chuan, efficient energy flow and power manifestation, including solo and partner training.

Pushing Hands develops sensitivity, response, and how to redirect force, and is used to acquaint students with what are known as the Eight Energies derived from the Bagua. They are eight different leverage applications in the arms with coordinated footwork in a range of motions which allows students to defend themselves calmly and competently if attacked. The main principles for pushing hands are sticking, adhering, connecting and following, with no resisting or separating from the opponent. If your opponent doesn’t move, you don’t move. When your opponent begins to move, then you move immediately and arrive and control first. Relaxing all the joints allows them to be in constant motion as they become loose and fluid. This sensitivity develops listening skills which enable us to detect any change in our opponent’s intentions like an early warning system. Our softness also makes it difficult for the opponent to detect our own centre and intentions. The masters call it “Iron wrapped in cotton”. This is the inner structure known as song kai loosening and sinking while relaxing and extending. It is the key to the graceful physics of fluid motion that makes Tai Chi Chuan so beautiful to watch and practice, and so effective for health and martial arts. Many long term practitioners say that without practicing Pushing Hands with a partner you can never really understand the art of Tai Chi Chuan.

Explanations of the Pushing Hands exercise range from the simple: “Pushing Hands is the mutual exploration of the internal energies and is dependent primarily on the sense of touch. The method involves two people making contact at the arms, adhering to each other, and using the Taiji spiral movements.” (Gaffney); to the mystical, “…it teaches one to fully realize what sensitivity of the entire body means. Externally, the practitioner develops an acute sense of touch transmitted through the skin. Sensitivity and awareness is also developed internally. The practitioner learns how to empty the body of all force. When one rids the body of all force, one can experience what it is like to be the twinkling distant star; the body is there and yet is not there. Through understanding the principle of Pushing Hands one can learn to balance yin and yang in daily life. Thus the quality of life as a whole is enhanced.” (Jou Tsung Hwa) Practicing Pushing Hands with a well trained player is to bask in the emanations of a fluid, tranquil force. Practicing with a poorly trained player is a numbing, exhausting experience like being attached to the spin cycle of a washing machine. Sensitivity is the foundation of correct practice, “…to learn to sense out the forcefulness, direction, speed as well as the substantiality or insubstantiality of the opponent’s energy to be issued..” (Wang Peisheng). Developing skill in sensing and interpreting energy depends a great deal on the quality of contact and connection between Pushing Hands partners. The four key actions that create correct contact are found in one of the oldest texts in Taijiquan, “The Song of Pushing Hands”. They are Zhan: to stick, Lian: to connect, Nian: to adhere, and Sui: to follow. They describe not only physical processes; they illuminate certain strategies that lead to successful practice.

1. Cooperation – Assisting each other to develop your skills
2. Touch – Constant contact with skin & mind
3. Softness – Relaxing the joints & muscles, avoid brute force
4. Reaction – If your opponent doesn’t move you don’t move
5. Smoothness– Flowing movements from defense to attack
6. Full & Empty – Shifting weight back & forth, turning from the waist
7. Circling – Rotating & spiraling the hands, arms & legs

1. Listening Energy – to detect changes in direction, speed & power
2. Understanding Energy – to identify & process information
3. Intuition – to respond naturally with a clear mind
4. Sticking Energy – to use part your energy part your opponent’s energy
5. Following Energy – to let your opponent lead, no resistance
6. Adhering Energy – to guide & control your opponent
7. Connecting Energy – to change and borrow from your opponent

Course Information


We specialize in Private Courses on the dates you come to Bali. You can have 1 or 2 people for this price, but you need to bring your own friend/partner to accompany you. Training takes place at the Tai Chi Bali Healing Arts Centre next to The Caz Bali Hotel in Desa Bengkel, South Tabanan.

We have a large shaded area for Tai Chi & Qigong training and a large 2nd floor sun lounge for sunrise and sunset practice. All courses take place from Monday to Friday and must be completed within the specified number of days/weeks.

All courses are 1-to-1 with British instructor Dave West, and consist of 5 hours per day. Due to the tropical heat we only practice 3 hours in the morning 9am-12 and 2 hours at sunset 4-6pm. No classes on Saturday and Sunday, which gives you time to rest and enjoy our Balinese culture and lifestyle.


Transport, accommodation and meals are not included in the price. Please make your own arrangements according to your budget. The Caz Bali is the closest hotel, just 2 minutes walk to the Tai Chi Bali Centre.

There are also several mid-range hotels in Kedungu, Tanah Lot and Yeh Gangga areas of South Tabanan, with prices ranging from USD 30 to USD 200 per night including breakfast, and a few budget hotels and homestay rooms from USD 15 to USD 30 per night with long stay discounts. Meals are generally inexpensive depending on local or western restaurants.


The Caz Bali
Cokelat Guest House
Sekar Arum Guest House
Kedungu Surf Camp
Kubu Kedungu Villa
Zen Rooms
Silversand Villa
Villa Puspa
Bali Japan Village
D’sawah Villas
Waka Ganga


For all courses please email your dates and TaiChi/Qigong/Yoga resume to senior instructor Dave West and wait for confirmation of availability before making your payment.

All payments are in advance via Paypal with your Credit or Debit Card. Your booking is confirmed as soon as I receive your advanced payment. See below for cancellation policy. Advanced booking required Contact Us


Tai Chi Bali Healing Arts Centre
Jalan Caz Villa Hotel, Telengis, Desa Bengkel Kawan,
Tanah Lot, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82115 Indonesia.


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Cancellation Policy

* Tai Chi Bali hope you have a safe and enjoyable experience in Bali.
* Please read carefully before making your payment.
* All courses require advanced booking and advanced payment with Paypal.
* Your booking is confirmed as soon as we receive your payment.
* Tai Chi Bali strongly advise that you obtain full visitor information from your Indonesian Consulate before departure from your country of residence regarding your stay in Indonesia, i.e. travel warnings, travel documents, tourist visa, length of stay, vaccinations, etc.
* Tai Chi Bali strongly advise that you purchase adequate travel/medical insurance before departure from your country of residence.
* Tai Chi Bali is not liable for any injury, illness, accident, delay, cancellation, loss or damage of valuables, or other unscheduled events or changes before, during or after your course.
* If you cancel your course for any reason at least 7 days before the start date we will reschedule or send you a 50% refund via Paypal. You can reschedule only one time and your new rescheduled date must be no later than 6 months from the original retreat date.
* If you cancel your course for any reason after 7 days before the start date there is no reschedule and no refund.
* If Tai Chi Bali cancel the course for any reason we will reschedule or send you a full refund via PayPal. Your new rescheduled date must be no later than 6 months from the original retreat date.


24 Forms Tai Chi Teacher Certification Course
6 Weeks Private Course

Course 1 – 30hrs – Qi Gong Foundation Course
Course 2 – 30hrs – Tai Chi Foundation Course
Course 3 – 30hrs – Tai Chi 24 Forms Course
Course 4 – 30hrs – Tai Chi Pushing Hands Course
Course 5 – 80hrs – Tai Chi Teacher Training

Group Course 5-in-1 Tai Chi Teacher Training 200 Hours
USD 2500 for 1 person 23 April to 01 June 2018

Private Course 5-in-1 Tai Chi Teacher Training 200 Hours
USD 4500 for 1 or 2 person Email your preferred dates

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