Tai Chi Push Hands used to be one of the greatest training aids ever invented. However, over the years, those who could not or did not know how to fight, decided that they would substitute actual fighting methods and real self-defense with push hands. They trained and trained until they became very good at pushing people and lowering their own centre of gravity so that others could not push them over in just the same way that a sumo wrestler does, only on a much lesser scale! In fact I could train a sumo in push hands and he would.....
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Erle Montaigue is legendary among martial artists and has graciously allowed us to include his material. He had practicing the martial/healing art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan since 1968. His teachers include Master Wong Eog (1968), Master Chu King Hung (1973) London, Grand-master Chang Yiu-Chun one of only two disciples of Yang Shou-hou. Erle became the first student of Master Chu in London in 1973.
In 1985, Erle and eight of his students became the first Westerners to be asked to perform at the all China National Wushu Tournament in Yinchuan China. There, Erle was tested by four of the world’s greatest Chinese masters and was awarded the degree of “MASTER”, the only Westerner to be given this honor.
On Wednesday 26th of January 2011 the world lost a true treasure as Erle Montaigue passed away.
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