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by Linda Heenan
Mon Jan 17, 2005 3:19 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to practise
Replies: 12
Views: 11803

I agree, Patrick. I still have no answer to this one, although I've asked quite a few people. I left a note for Philip Tom over at SFI and am hoping he will come up with something. Other than that, I've found a site that will custom make them. http://www.little-raven.com/RS/MA/Gim.html#anchor537604 ...
by Linda Heenan
Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:10 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to learn the Form
Replies: 3
Views: 5247

How to learn the Form

In less than two weeks I will have completed the first stage of training in Basic Cuts (10,000 of each) and be working on learning the Form. What is the best way to do this? It may seem like a simple question, but working from such a distance as I am, nothing is obvious. Should I just copy what I se...
by Linda Heenan
Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:08 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: To Armor or not to Armor?
Replies: 32
Views: 30147

I'm still in New Zealand on holidays and therefore don't have the book to look at the picture of armour, but I would imagine at least some part of the face is also vulnerable, particularly the eyes. A well positioned zha or ci could be used to take advantage of that. Also, just as the underarm is op...
by Linda Heenan
Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:37 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Jian Guard Shape
Replies: 2
Views: 4517

Just looking in from New Zealand, on holiday

I know of a simple disarm technique from another style of swordsmanship that might possibly be used if a jian guard was wide enough or curved enough. Lock the tip of your blade across the flat of the opponent's blade and under the guard, then jerk and twist at the same time. It can also be done from...
by Linda Heenan
Fri Dec 17, 2004 11:36 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Dealing With Horizontal Cuts
Replies: 5
Views: 7522

One more detail

Thank you, Laoshi, those are very nice combinations and I've been practising them for the last couple of days. Just one more little question. On the Applications DVD in Section 2 Application 2, you show a recovery from zha with a kick as the sword circles back around. I've been finishing both the li...
by Linda Heenan
Thu Dec 16, 2004 4:43 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Dealing With Horizontal Cuts
Replies: 5
Views: 7522

More explanation?

I read that thread on SFI and had questions. The first of your counters is easy to understand and I tried it this morning - it works. Could we please have a little more detail on the second one. I'm picturing the deflection with your blade angled down and the circling back part clockwise at your lef...
by Linda Heenan
Fri Dec 03, 2004 2:12 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: ...facing a more skilled swordsman...
Replies: 9
Views: 9574

If he is more physically skilled, you could probably beat him. If he is more skilled with his mind, you probably won't. I would fix him with the most intimidating stare of confidence and control I could muster up. My eyes would tell him he was dead, and I'd be aware of every tiny movement of his mus...
by Linda Heenan
Fri Dec 03, 2004 4:02 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to practise
Replies: 12
Views: 11803

We couldn't locate the people who used to make the wooden swords. Where can I buy a couple that are the right size, weight, etc? The only one I have came from a garage sale somewhere in the Blue Mountains. My husband came home with it one day thinking I might like it. I do, but, like I said, it's da...
by Linda Heenan
Thu Dec 02, 2004 1:53 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to practise
Replies: 12
Views: 11803

Awww, I bet your little son is just gorgeous. Mine is six foot tall now and has the only mother in town who takes a sword everywhere she can get away with it *chuckles*. He fights as though he's holding a katana, no matter which sword is in his hand. Thanks for all the good advice on working with a ...
by Linda Heenan
Wed Dec 01, 2004 2:48 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to practise
Replies: 12
Views: 11803

Back again already. I'm looking for fresh challenges in training in the basic cuts. After only 2000 of each, it has become very easy. I've a long way to go. How about some ideas on moving targets or something. I already use the wind for this purpose. Does anyone who has passed this bit have more ide...
by Linda Heenan
Mon Nov 29, 2004 1:59 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to practise
Replies: 12
Views: 11803

Thank you so much, Scott Laoshi, for taking the time to help me. With the lack of people working on these particular skills in Australia, I may very well end up teaching it in the future, so I'm being careful to follow all your advice and learn as well as possible. First, make sure you are not using...
by Linda Heenan
Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:49 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to practise
Replies: 12
Views: 11803

Starting to work it out.

Hmmm, those may no longer be the right questions, since I'm starting to work it out for myself. I got in 1400 cuts in Pi and Dian before it got too dark tonight. I did half with the left hand and half with the right. I aimed at leaves, small green unripe plums, the eyes of daisies, things I could po...
by Linda Heenan
Fri Nov 26, 2004 12:22 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to practise
Replies: 12
Views: 11803

How to practise

As you suggested, Scott, I am beginning to post questions here. My requests will be fairly basic for awhile but there is nowhere to go to learn with a teacher where I live. I have decided I really want to learn Yang Family Taiji Jian. I want to do it well, but this is made a little difficult because...
by Linda Heenan
Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:29 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Places you can't go with a sword
Replies: 1
Views: 3852

Hello, everyone. This is my first post here and I can see the topic is old, but I hope my comments may be helpful. I live in New South Wales, which is the next door state to Victoria and considering similar sword legislation. The provision made in the legislation: "There are some cultural, religious...