About Tai Chi Partnerwork

Tai Chi partner practice is a way to explore and develop deeper understanding, body-mind qualities and skills in all aspects of practice. My syllabus starts by training foundation principles & body-mind attributes, such as relaxation, mobility, stability, awareness (‘listening’):

Foundation Partnerwork

  • Loosening, Yielding & Listening
  • Functional Structure, Shape & ‘Peng’
  • Single ‘Push Hands’ – Peng & Lu (Ward Off, Roll Back)
  • Opening & Closing – Push, Pull
  • Horizontal Dynamics
  • Vertical Dynamics
  • Rotation & Spiral Dynamics (Parallel Stance)
  • Horizontal & Vertical Circles, 5 Bows & Spirals (Bow Stance)
  • Stepping In Foundation Practice & Pushing Hands
  • 37 Form – Posture Testing & Single Practice
  • Yi, Qi & Internal Practice

We then work on Tai Chi partnerwork, known as ‘Tui Shou’ or ‘pushing hands’. This is the study of internal martial arts principles, through co-operative practical exercises.

Tai Chi Partnerwork

  • Single Push Hands
  • Double Push Hands
  • Peng Lu Ji An (CMC, Yang & Wu variations)
  • ‘Smart Hands’ & Connecting Patterns – Splitting, Plucking, Circling Arms
  • Cultivating Tai Chi’s 8 Energies & other attributes
  • Semi-free and freestyle practice
  • Da Lu & Stepping
  • Tai Chi Fencing (CMC style)
  • Tai Chi & Bagua Applications

Partnerwork can be fascinating and enjoyable, and approached with a spirit of mutual learning. 


2024 Tai Chi / Partnerwork – Workshops

Tai Chi Workshops (37 Form, Partnerwork, Pushing Hands) at Partickhill Bowling & Community Club


Saturday 27th January – 11:30am to 3pm


Saturday 10th February – 11:30am to 3pm


Saturday 30th March – 11:30am to 3pm


Saturday 25th May – 11:30am to 3pm


Saturday 22nd June – 11:30am to 3pm


Saturday 27th July – 11:30am to 3pm


Saturday 28th September – 11:30am to 3pm


Saturday 26th October – 11:30am to 3pm


Saturday 23rd November – 11:30am to 3pm


2024 Tai Chi Partnerwork Retreat

A Tai Chi partnerwork retreat day at the Trossachs Trust in Callander


Sunday 7th July 2024 – 10am to 5pm

See also About Tai Chi & Internal Martial Arts section