The following are generalizations but i believe they are helpful and relevant:
1. Tai Ji Quan trains fighting skill using predominantly Tue Shou or Pushing Hands format.
2. Xingyi Quan trains fighting skill using predominantly two man drills. These drills build distance, timing, response, muscle memory etc.
3. Bagua Zhang trains fighting skill by using the first two methods (push hands and drills) but predominantly (our system) uses the idea of “playing”. Playing addresses the Yi or mind set, not the amount of power. We break this sparring method down in many ways to work on various skill sets or integrate skill sets.
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