Applied Energy (Chi)
Involves partner practice through Gau Sau (exchange of hands)
 
The final and third element of the triad of Traditional Tai Chi Chuan emphasises the application of Chi, rather than its development and circulation within the body. This element takes theory into practice and requires you to trust in and cooperate with a partner, so that experience is gained first hand, of applying Tai Chi Principles into practice. Practitioners call this Gau Sau or the exchange of hands.
 
Posture testing, Push Hands, and Combat Application all form part of this element of Tai Chi Chuan practice. Partner practice of this nature provides a point of reference to measure your own progress and will ensure you are on the right track. It is an opportunity for both parties to help each other refine movements and postures and gain better insight and understanding of applied energy.