Tango and "Push Hands"

As I was in class last night, I couldn't help thinking of the martial art style "Push Hands" as we (the students) were learning about giving and receiving energy, force, resistance etc. DJ and I have had some small experience with Push Hands, or Pushing Hands, and the feeling of the tango embrace reminded me so strongly of this, I had to look it up again.

From Wikipedia: "Push hands allows students to learn how to respond to external stimuli using technique from their forms practice. Among other things, training with a partner allows a student to develop ting jing (listening power), the sensitivity to feel the direction and strength of a partner's intention."

Sound familiar? Obviously, the bit about actually fighting should probably remain off the dance floor. But the idea is still very interesting.

Here is a beautiful demonstration of the style:

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