Panicking is normal if we don’t learn to calm our mind by drilling the solo form. More so when during push hands our training partner strongly grabs our forward arm with both hands and presses our arm strongly against our body to seal our arm, jam our waist turning and push us off balance.
The principle of our push hands game is if someone likes to grab our arm we should not fight it. Instead when we find ourselves being pushed back we should enjoy being pushed and use it to stabilize ourselves before stripping one of the partner’s hand and follow up with a powerful advancing shoulder stroke to counterattack.
When using the shoulder stroke this way caution should be taken because if the training partner attempts to stop it with his hand the wrong way the impact could hurt his fingers and wrist. Of the three possibilities of attack within the shoulder stroke we normally just use one as the other two hidden attacks could result in injury if our partner fails to see them coming and gets hit.