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by Linda Heenan
Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: YMT compared to Chen Style
Replies: 17
Views: 6269

Re: YMT compared to Chen Style

In that case, you should be looking for a teacher rather than a style. There are martial artists and dance teachers in all styles. If you find someone who demonstrates real martial skill and students who do the same, you have an answer.
by Linda Heenan
Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 9092

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

That is also my biggest problem - having people to train with. There's no problem practising forms alone, or even getting people of other styles to practise weapons skills with, but the taijiquan emptyhand applications need training partners - not just once a year when we've saved up enough to bring...
by Linda Heenan
Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 9092

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

That's a really good point, Joshua. My school is filled with students up to age 19 because I'm a school teacher of over 20 years experience. The right ones come to the right teacher for them at the right time.
by Linda Heenan
Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:27 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 9092

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

Yeah, I haven't found anything that works either, as far as gathering a good committed group of adults goes. It must be frustrating hearing answers you've already tried and they haven't worked. I've tried getting groups together for adults. They seem to work for awhile and then people only come when...
by Linda Heenan
Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 9092

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

Just remember the old masters often only found a few, or even one student, in a lifetime, who had the right attitude and ability to be worthy of passing on their art. Then, those few were, or became, family members - not visting students. The commitment was from both sides. People in Australia have ...
by Linda Heenan
Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:22 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 9092

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

I am a primary school teacher so I know kids and it's easy to find them. Kids come by word of mouth. All you have to do is advertise for a few keen ones. Then, if they like it, they will also bring their friends. I had to make padded swords for them. Here's a link to the pattern http://www.chinese-s...
by Linda Heenan
Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:19 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 9092

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

What part of Australia are you in? I'm in NSW, Blue Mountains. We're a branch of GRTC and, of course, emphasise martial skill. Most of the students here are children with no other experience of taji. We start them with sword and teach the principles from that. Then, when they are ready to train in e...
by Linda Heenan
Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Dao Form Applications
Replies: 5
Views: 3255

Re: Dao Form Applications

Thank you.
by Linda Heenan
Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji toes
Replies: 3
Views: 2451

Re: Taiji toes

I tried a few things and settled on skateboarding shoes for most training. Reasons: Flat soles for stability. Good support for feet. Smooth soles to prevent twisting ankles during pivots. Training on concrete has disastrous consequences for my ankles (bones slipping out of place) and knees (torn car...
by Linda Heenan
Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:00 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Wooden Sword Winners (picture heavy)
Replies: 0
Views: 13682

Wooden Sword Winners (picture heavy)

Tony Mosen recently donated some wooden swords to the Aussie Kids group. They were to be given to deserving child students. Not all have been delivered yet. Tony donated three jian. I added a couple of his miaodao because there were just too many kids who deserved to win a sword. I'll add pictures t...
by Linda Heenan
Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:49 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Motivation Ideas Wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 3204

Re: Motivation Ideas Wanted

Tashi, I am training with three Canberra students on the 26th of this month. They will be sleeping overnight here on the 25th. You are most welcome to come and join in for the day. We'll be spending a whole day on Section 2 Michuan, jian, miaodao and dao.
by Linda Heenan
Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:00 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 10250

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

I'm certainly no expert and have only studied taijiquan. I'm repeating what I've been taught to say that taijiquan is recognised as an internal martial art while many others are external. This question now needs input from people who have studied more than one art.
by Linda Heenan
Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 10250

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

Taijiquan is distinctive from most martial arts in that it trains a person to strengthen and make use of their ligaments bones, mind and breath, rather than muscles. It brings energy for every strike through a rooted leg, using the whole body as a tool to power it. Of course, many students tend to u...
by Linda Heenan
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:20 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Monglian archery
Replies: 0
Views: 13535

Monglian archery

Does anyone know which time period these Mongolian pieces are from? Do you have any interesting information to share about the crossbow?

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by Linda Heenan
Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:50 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Dao Form Applications
Replies: 5
Views: 3255

Dao Form Applications

I'm working on Yangshi Taiji Dao, so starting this thread to ask about applications for some of the movements. I think the correct position of hands, legs and the sword, will become more apparent if I know what the movement is doing. The first one I'd like to ask about is the double kick movement. W...