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by Linda Heenan
Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Video Assembly of Hanwei Cutting Jian
Replies: 2
Views: 6444

Re: Video Assembly of Hanwei Cutting Jian

Hi Kyley. I tried to post a comment under the video on Youtube, but it wouldn't let me, so I'll put it here: Excellent information. I've embedded this on the Chinese Swords Guide on this page http://www.chinese-swords-guide.com/hanwei-swords.html Please let me know if you would like a return link fr...
by Linda Heenan
Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Saviolo fencing
Replies: 19
Views: 26250

Re: Saviolo fencing

As the family cook, I often cut pork legs. I have to saw into them even with a sharp kitchen knife. However, the skin on my hands is much softer than that. That said, I've trained in halfswording techniques including batting a thrust out of the way. The person teaching me these things is an expert s...
by Linda Heenan
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:59 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Saviolo fencing
Replies: 19
Views: 26250

Re: Saviolo fencing

Joseph, I had a sword break the skin with a touch once. I had been doing the dao cut, jie. Then I accidentally picked up a jian. It was barely a touch on what should have been the back of a dao blade before I realised I had the wrong sword. I pulled my hand away after only the briefest touch and the...
by Linda Heenan
Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Countering Downward Cuts
Replies: 5
Views: 9029

Re: Countering Downward Cuts

Thanks Laoshi. That will be our training for the class after next and until the end of this term. Next week we're doing cutting.
by Linda Heenan
Thu May 27, 2010 2:27 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Countering Downward Cuts
Replies: 5
Views: 9029

Re: Countering Downward Cuts

My most common counter to a high descending cut is a hanging guard type tip down deflection into a duo - with turning the waist or stepping to void the cut. Our kids call the drill we train this with "In front of face, away from face". Tiao is another possibility depending on how much warning you go...
by Linda Heenan
Wed May 26, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Countering Downward Cuts
Replies: 5
Views: 9029

Countering Downward Cuts

This discussion began on Facebook and is becoming too interesting to lose as it drifts off the end over there, so I'm moving it where more of us can participate. While viewing a video of Hsing -I sword techniques this morning, we came across one that Laoshi said is like the Jie cut from the Yang Pub...
by Linda Heenan
Wed May 26, 2010 3:24 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Qing - Ming Dinasty sword
Replies: 6
Views: 11434

Re: Qing - Ming Dinasty sword

That was quite a few years ago, so even if I could remember, it would be wrong for today. I suggest you ask Philip Tom for a quote. There seriously isn't anyone who can do a better job. I was very happy with the result on my sword and still am. That said, it had some great blade qualities in the bas...
by Linda Heenan
Tue May 25, 2010 2:48 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Qing - Ming Dinasty sword
Replies: 6
Views: 11434

Re: Qing - Ming Dinasty sword

2000 Euro is 2247 USD. I recently had my Qing jian valued because I thought I might have to sell it. Three knowledgeable people valued it for me at an average of $2400 USD. Remember that mine has been carefully restored by Philip Thom and is an excellent example. Mine does not have an original scabb...
by Linda Heenan
Mon May 24, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Qin Dynasty Historical Video
Replies: 0
Views: 18611

Qin Dynasty Historical Video

I enjoyed watching this Qin Dynasty video this morning and thought others might too. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to research history, weapons and armour. Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cuy_Ui6K ... re=related
by Linda Heenan
Mon May 24, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What kids can do.
Replies: 10
Views: 8459

Re: What kids can do.

Hey Courtney, I hope that elbow is improving. My finger is almost better now, after a year. What do you reckon, we ought to have some of these padded swords on hand to lend the boys next time we fight with them :D ? Here's the pattern: http://www.chinese-swords-guide.com/how-to-videos.html http://ww...
by Linda Heenan
Wed May 05, 2010 2:47 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Working With Blunt Steel
Replies: 2
Views: 6567

Working With Blunt Steel

The Aussie GRTC Branch has two of Nik's blunt steel jian prototypes. I'm starting this thread to talk about our experiences as we work with them. Today the kid's used them in training. I had a group aged between 12 and 17, with one 7 year old. They took turns using them for drills. We tried Dian,Dia...
by Linda Heenan
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Gambesons Anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 4251

Re: Gambesons Anyone?

Both the gambeson and tasset sets have been claimed by quick buyers. I begin work on them tomorrow.
by Linda Heenan
Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Gambesons Anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 4251

Re: Gambesons Anyone?

Tassets Only: I'm also willing to make just the tasset for people who have a gambeson already. These would cost $100 USD for the tasset plus whatever it costs to mail it to you. You would have to mail me an exact colour match - either a small piece of material or a coloured piece of paper. Payment ...
by Linda Heenan
Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:48 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Eight Basic Movements
Replies: 4
Views: 4966

Re: Eight Basic Movements

On the Forum Posts for Beginners thread, I inserted a link to explanation of these movements. It's in about the fifth post down the thread.
by Linda Heenan
Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:20 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Gambesons Anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 4251

Gambesons Anyone?

I was not going to make any more gambesons this year. However, I want to raise money for the local GRTC Branch and I'm now making available the opportunity for two more sets. These are gambeson and tasset sets such as the green one Courtney wore in the TCSL Beginners tournament this year and the red...