Yet another student wondered if Taiji was too difficult to learn as he found that doing the form was no walk in the park. Neither was learning push hands.
However, two lessons later not only was he starting to do push hands, though a bit clumsy, he actually managed to learn how to use ward-off, rollback, press and push. I even taught him the cheating version of doing push which allowed him to do fajing despite not having even learned Taiji for 6 months.
He asked what was the normal way to do push fajing and after flying into the wall in the blink of an eye I think he wished he had not asked.
At the very least we are not like this video I saw in Tai Chi Secret Movements FB page of a student who said he had learned 20 years and spoke highly of his master. What I could see of his skill indicated to me that his level of learning is more like a student who had learned Taiji for less than 2 years rather than 20 years. I mean he seemed to be doing senseless pushing without any clear method as to how to attack and neutralize.
So in two lessons I covered the basic game of push hands and how to use the 4 basic movements of ward off, rollback, press and push to play a game of positioning, attack & defence, applying strategy and using leverage that can be discrete or continuous depending on the game should be trained.
Once you understand how to teach it learning push hands can be quite straightforward. From the basic game, more layers can be added on for intermediate level and advanced level games. As the learning progresses, we can focus on learning different aspects of Taiji through the learning method of Push Hands Game.