Do you guys close a fist when you play push the hand? :)
I will go up to Boston for this and scream at you for using too much force when you do anything, ever.
One of the head coaches at Redline was national champion in the "extreme" style push hands stuff in the 90's. I can ask him if he would ref it.
@Hedge Bro, now you HAVE TO come up. You can stay with me, Jordan and KK... we got a fold out couch and everything, and puzzle mats all over the living room.
Edit: I'll ask the coach about getting some lessons so I at least have an idea how this stuff works.
I should come down some for NAGA anyway.
This sort of thing? The later bit with the headgear, I mean.
it's more fun when one tries a few different modes: fixed step is good for warming up, getting a sense of the game, etc. Then maybe a little shuffling around, then full movement, or full movement with sweeps and trips. Also one can start with wrist-elbow and spinning, or say with more a of a "shuai" shoulder and elbow connection, or starting two feet or so apart to practice entering. The format is less important than what it teaches: basically sensitivity and "listening", and it serves as a safe way to try some applications.
How about 3 rounds, 1 fixed, 1 full movement, 1 full movement with sweeps, etc? I'll see what I can learn about all this in the mean time.
Also, this is pretty cool: