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by Linda Heenan
Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Cutting Tatami
Replies: 23
Views: 28888

Re: Cutting Tatami

While preparing for tatami cutting, I'm doing some research. There are four main grades of tatami. It's actually a type of reed. The two thickest types are really good for floors but not great for cutting. Omote means the tatami is used as a final covering for a rice straw floor. If you buy used tat...
by Linda Heenan
Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Cutting Tatami
Replies: 23
Views: 28888

Re: Cutting Tatami

For a start, there are some good techniques captured on the test cutting video. It's probably somewhere on this page but i couldn't see it, so I've linked to it on my test cutting page, here http://www.chinese-swords-guide.com/sword-cutting.html
by Linda Heenan
Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Cutting Tatami
Replies: 23
Views: 28888

Cutting Tatami

I understand that bamboo was a traditional target for cutting training because it simulated bone, and that tatami was used to simulate muscle. If tatami is wrapped around bamboo, you have a simulated limb. Neither bamboo nor tatami have been easy to obtain in Australia. In August 2010, a new company...
by Linda Heenan
Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: jian from kris cutlery
Replies: 4
Views: 10307

Re: jian from kris cutlery

Here's another review of a Kris Kutlery jian - mine I think, or one the same http://forum.grtc.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=417 I can't see this sword on their site anymore so it must be a superceded model. I can tell you it is still in cutting use now, 7 years after a friend bought it for me. The edge i...
by Linda Heenan
Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 9936

Re: Where to start?

Which DVD do you have? I started my training by learning the basic cuts from the Applications DVD. I put in 140 hours just working on those. Next I learnt the jian form from the Estonian Sword Festival 2002 DVD and the pictures and descriptions in the Chineses Swordsmanship book. I trained alone for...
by Linda Heenan
Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:49 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 9936

Re: Where to start?

Hello Joseph. Taijiquan is the sort of art that you can do without adding anything else, for a lifetime. The system we train in is a complete system and yes, the emptyhand skills do back up, or prepare for, the swords skills. Everything helps everything else. For example, I was teaching a class toda...
by Linda Heenan
Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Props to Matt Rosecan- Lei Tai fighter
Replies: 5
Views: 10699

Re: Props to Matt Rosecan- Lei Tai fighter

Good on you Matt. All our best from Australia.
by Linda Heenan
Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: A Very Valuable Talk on Test Cutting
Replies: 8
Views: 11793

Re: A Very Valuable Talk on Test Cutting

Since I usually have students aged between 5 and 18 with me in a cutting session, we prepare quite well. The students need to study and understand all the information here http://www.chinese-swords-guide.com/sword-cutting.html In the weeks leading up to our cutting sessions they are questioned on th...
by Linda Heenan
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Hanwei Jian Videos
Replies: 5
Views: 8551

Re: Hanwei Jian Videos

Brilliant idea. After watching that, I'm scheduling a precision cutting day. Since many of our cutters are young though, I won't risk slicing up the cutting stand with lemons, oranges and apples to aim at. We'll suspend them with string from a branch. Kyley, last time we did fruit cutting, it was qu...
by Linda Heenan
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:54 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Test Cutting Analysis
Replies: 1
Views: 5328

Re: Test Cutting Analysis

I've put some of ours in this thread viewtopic.php?f=9&t=938 and there is more in this section of the Chinese Swords Guide, including an interactive section that is not highly used yet http://www.chinese-swords-guide.com/sword-cutting.html
by Linda Heenan
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:46 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship
Replies: 49
Views: 56748

Re: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship

Hi Nik, I took the jian to my reenactment group today to give them a good workout with people who always fight with steel. It went very well. The reenactors were impressed with the weight, speed and balance of the swords, and the blades were strong and performed very nicely. They do need to have wid...
by Linda Heenan
Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:40 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: My HandSharpening Method for Convex Sword
Replies: 7
Views: 10786

Re: My HandSharpening Method for Convex Sword

I grew up in NZ and have dual citizenship. many family members still live there, so it's possible for me to order from the same place you do :). How about giving me some contact details. I really likethe information you have been sharing with us.
by Linda Heenan
Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:14 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: My HandSharpening Method for Convex Sword
Replies: 7
Views: 10786

Re: My HandSharpening Method for Convex Sword

Where did you get the leather you are using for honing? I'd like to add some of this equipment to my armoury.
by Linda Heenan
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:40 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Suggested Reading
Replies: 5
Views: 10017

Re: Suggested Reading

I like works by Louis Swaim in particular, and also Barbara Davis. I enjoy the way people who are very familiar with Chinese literature are able to relate passages from the classics to stories, sayings, illustrations and examples of similar period. This often clarifies the meaning of statements from...