This post is by a guest writer, Graham Barlow of Bath Tai Chi
The Ward-off posture is one of the most universally recognised postures in the Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan. Since it’s not an obvious kick or a punch, and doesn’t look overtly like a martial technique, it can be hard to figure out how to use it against an attacker.
Here I run through a few possible applications of the ward-off posture, showing how it can be used as a strike, a lock and a throw.
By Graham Barlow of Bath-Tai Chi and Choy Lee Fut (www.bath-taichi.co.uk)