How flexible is the principle of the 5-Count for use in push hands?
Most of the time I do push hands using a lot of 3-Count because the majority of students can only handle this much comfortably.
So this week I tried teaching one student how to use the 5-Count in push hands to train solid, flexible power, the type that some may characterize as that of the power of an old ox.
When I see him buckling and folding I knew he was not ready yet to deal with the pressure. This means that his 5-Count training in the form is not up to par yet.
I also tried to use the 5-Count in a wave-like manner, the way you can see Grandmaster Tung Hulin do his long form. My student’s reaction was not fast or subtle enough to catch up to the wave power and he kept going backwards.
Then I tried slowing down so that he can try doing push hands with a 5-Count consistent pressure but he was also not able to do it. The problem is that though he can do the form slowly but his slowness is not slow enough for him to bring out the individual intricacies of each of the 5-Count.
In the end, after testing out a few other ways I guess he is better at using just the 3-Count and a body whipping method of force exertion for now. In the meantime, he has a lot of work in front to flesh out his bodywork in terms of the 5-Count.