Oh, before I forget here is a lecture by the author himself on 20 hours learning. It summarizes what the book is about though the book goes into it in more depth.
When I think about it, using say 20 hours as a guide learning push hands, or more specifically learning how to play the Push Hands Game is not impossible. What I do need to do is to tone down my expectations of how refined the student’s learning and mastery ought to be. This is why having ranking is helpful or at least some basic guidelines of a learning scale.
Here is what I have in mind for a 20-Hours Pushing Hands Learning Course for Beginners :-
1st Hour – Fundamental Movements
2nd Hour – Defining the Basic Pushing Pattern
3rd Hour – Adding Pressure to the Equation
4th Hour – Learn to Love Pressure / Basic Use of Leverage
5th Hour – Attacking the Middle Level
6th Hour – Dealing with the Middle Level Attacks
7th Hour – Attacking the High Level
8th Hour – Dealing with the High Level Attacks
9th Hour – Attacking the Low Level
10th Hour – Dealing with the Low Level Attacks
11th Hour – Randomized Attacks – Middle Level
12th Hour – Randomized Attacks – High Level
13th Hour – Randomized Attacks – Low Level
14th Hour – Randomized Attacks – Middle-High Level
15th Hour – Randomized Attacks – Middle-Low Level
16th Hour – Randomized Attacks – Middle-High-Low Level
17th Hour – Adding Speed to the Equation
18th Hour – Combat Simulation I
19th Hour – Combat Simulation II
20th Hour – Combat Simulation III
The 20-Hours Pushing Hands Learning Course for Beginners would not require beginners to learn the form. Learning the form first before picking up push hands would be preferred. But its not impossible to learn push hands without having the learn the form. We just have to redefine our expectations of our Taiji mastery.
Thus, the objective and expectations in this case would be to let beginners have a taste of what push hands learning is like and to be able to pickp up a very good idea of the skills that can be learned. Remember that 20 hours is for the purpose of learning a new skill and not become an expert in it.