Tai Chi Y3D174: Roll Back Revisited

Let’s see: Push-ups: four sets — 10, 10, 13, 15: Fifty overall.  I didn’t mean to do that, it just sort of happened. My arms were tired at the end, but I’m beginning to get the form correct, and able to make it work for me. I still need to make sure that 10-20 of those push-ups are nose-to-the floor, though.

Today’s maneuver is called Roll Back. I’ve written about Roll Back before, but I’m not even going to look at those other entries before I write a new one.

From Ward-Off Right,  lift the right hand skyward:
bend arm at the elbow, keep bicep sure.
draw back the left hand, palm facing backward;
bend the left knee so that you can endure
the onrushing thrust of your opponent.
Left hand touches right elbow, blocking force
even as weight shifts, the ever-constant
flow of chi like a river in its course,
from right foot to left foot. This is the way
to make your opponents overextend —
let them press on your warded defenses
when you are forward;  they are at their end
and when you draw back your walls and fences,
their over-reach becomes your advantage;
their mass becomes a thing you can manage.

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