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Chris Parkerson
02-21-2009, 05:22 PM
Dr. Shie-Ming Hwang is inviting martial artists of all traditions to compete at the Arnold Martial Arts Festival in Tai Chi Push Hands. The event is held on the March 6-8, 2009 weekend.
For more information about the event, please visit:

The Tai Chi Push Hands competition event will be held on March 7, 2009. For those who are unfamiliar with what Tai Chi Push hands is and is interested, there will be both a demonstration and a workshop the day before competition.

The Tai Chi Push Hands demonstration is on March 6, 2009 at 3:30-4:00 pm at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall-C, 400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio.

TheTai Chi Push Hands workshop, directed by Dr. Shie-Ming Hwang, will be at 8:00-9:00 pm later that day, March 6, 2009, at the Downtown Holiday Inn 175 E. Town Street, Columbus, OH.
For more information about the workshop, please visit:

Dr. Shie-Ming Hwang is a Grandmaster of Taiji and Kung Fu; the disciple of late Grandmaster Yennien Wang of Taiji System, late Grandmaster Yunchiao Liu of Baji System, and late Grandmaster Chienho Yin of Shaolin System; former president of the Taiwan University Chinese Martial Arts Association, writer and editor of the WuTang Magazine.

To register, call: (614) 796-1115 or email thill@toekyhill.com
Pre-Registrations ends: Feb. 20, 2009.
Pre-registration prices: $65.00 for one division, $75.00 for two. Each division after two is $10.00.
Late registration price: $75.00 for one division, $85.00 for two divisions, $15.00 for each division after two.

Michael Douglas
02-23-2009, 11:12 AM
Hi Chris,
can you link to the rules page for the contest please?

David Orange
02-24-2009, 04:10 PM
To register, call: (614) 796-1115 or email thill@toekyhill.com


That should be "tokeyhill.com".


Chris Parkerson
02-26-2009, 12:25 PM
Hi Chris,
can you link to the rules page for the contest please?

Hi Mike,

I have a set of rules on paper. When I get time, I will transcribe them. For now, a general description.

There will be three (potentially) 2 - minute rounds for each engagement. If one guy wins the first two rounds, then the third one is not held. There are 30 second breaks between rounds.

No striking or kicking (san shou).
No pushing in the groin or face.
Any pushing, throwing, locking, seizing is fine. Leg hooks and sweeps are OK too.

Points are given for causing an opponent to fall, or go out of the three concentric boundaries. The further they go out, the more points.

The game starts with three push hand circles and then it is free-play.

This is not static push hands. It is mobile. It is aggressive, but the relaxed guy who knows grounding (earth), structure (Iron) and pliability (Water) will have the advantage.

Kind of like a sumo match at times, but if you understand structure and grounding, you can stop a bulldozer in his/her tracks and redirect the force with grounding.

Dr. Hwang's son will be giving the demonstration on the pre-event. I am his meat. He is a well trained tiger.

Chris Parkerson
02-27-2009, 12:21 PM
Here's the pdf file from the Arnold festival website:

A couple things are needed to be changed in my reply forum post about the rules.

1) In actual competition we will be giving a 1 minute break in between rounds.

2) Sweeping is actually considered a strike and is not allowed but tripping/hooking is. The difference is sweeping starts from a distance and tripping/hooking is where the foot already has made contact. This rule is to reduce the chance of injury.