In response to Cloudhandz recently mentioning he'd like to see more martial and less mystical threads around here (or words to that effect), I'd like to ask everyone what their favourite Taiji fighting technique is. Please can I ask that the thread does not start drifting in any kind of energetic direction - no tales of empty force or redirecting energy (please, for me, call it incoming momentum or something ). My favourite is Brush Knee - not very glamorous, just a rolling in and out circling parry with the left hand and a dropping strike with the right. It is my favourite because I used it in a street fight and can vouch for its effectiveness, especially when the striking method is a metal walking stick. The guy was drunk and was attacking my friend Julie, for the record. Anyway it taught me a couple of things. One - you can't predict what you're going to use in a real fight. If I'd had time to think I might have picked some flashy Bagua thing, but Brush Knee was right there when needed. Thanks Brush Knee. Oh the second thing it taught me was that practicing form as if facing an enemy and facing an enemy as if practicing form is only partly true. I had to hit him twice. The first was as if doing form (albeit speeded up) and only contained the intent to get him to spin around and fight me instead. The second time it had intent to cause damage. That was the one that worked. So what's your fave technique and why?