"In Tai Chi Chuan when playing sensing-hands what is important is the manner in which we initially connect with our partner. When we connect with our partner we are soft, open, aware, relaxed, sunk and rooted. If we are not soft open, aware, relaxed, sunk and rooted we cannot connect, firstly, with ourselves and then with our partner. To meet our partner with hard, closed, stiff, floating muscular tension is like slamming the door shut on a visiting guest".
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide