Re: Chen Style Seminar Video
FWIW, YMMV, yadda yadda,
I first experienced what you're discussing via Toby Threadgill, doing basically the same exercise being discussed. He had someone receive a push to shoulder and ground out to the opposite leg. Once stable and grounded he had the receiver pull towards the pusher ever so slightly with the front foot. EVER.SO.SLIGHTLY! at which point pusher was instructed to PUSH HARDER. In nearly every case (where pusher could stay semi-relaxed and not tense shoulders too much) the pusher would be uprooted by their own push and begin to search for their footing so that they could regain leverage. IMO, there was no shifting of weight to the front foot on the part of the receiver so much as the front leg was being activated and connected to the structure that was created when the push was grounded to the back leg and then splitting it back towards the pusher and into the front leg almost as if it were sending some of that force back to the pusher as the harder they pushed, the more they would uproot themselves. The physical pull with the foot was, IMO, just a teaching device, as there are other ways to bring body parts into play in such an exercise. Again, YMMV.