One of the areas I experimented in was to try and stay rooted while placing myself in a disadvantaged position. One of the fellows I was pushing hands with pushed my elbow upward which I allowed and he said, ‘your elbow should be down’.
I agreed with him and explained, ‘I’m experimenting’. He looked puzzled.
Usually I try and obey the Tai Chi principles and adopt the correct structure to reduce the chance of being pushed off balance (sometimes it works – sometimes it doesn’t).
But I read a Tai Chi book awhile ago which discussed the point of staying rooted when in a very poor position.
So I figured it was worth testing this theory out because there are going to be times when I’m out of position and I need to remain rooted so I can counter attack.
I’m still working on this theory and I’ll let you know if it works in about fifty years time 😉