Practical Applications – “As if Shutting a Door”

The photo album below shows a class session where we looked at the practical application of the move “As if Shutting a Door” from the Tai Chi Hand Form.

This technique is used in response to a flurry of punches, to close down the attacker and move from striking range into a grappling range.

This allows the defender to utilise the “Pushing Hands” (grappling) skills which are trained in Tai Chi martial lessons to control the attacker, ideally looking to unbalance the attacker before moving into a throw or submission technique.