I purchased a DVD by Grand Master Yang Zhen Duo and Master Yang Jun, titled "Yang Family Tai Chi Sword and Falchion". It's a very good video and I've been continuing my sword training that I began with Master Yang Jun at the seminar in Louisville last year with it.
An invaluable tool, as it allows me to slow down the action quite a bit and see in detail what is going on rather than making any kind of wild guesses.
However, the DVD was originally made in Mandarin, or at least that's the language choice I'm presented with, I wouldn't know Mandarin from any other Chinese dialect if it walked up and bit me on the leg, and though the video says it has an English translation, and it does, the translation appears to be less than in depth.
I guess that's my polite way of saying, "isn't very complete".
In quite a few instances on the DVD the Grand Master is talking for quite some time, however the translator waits until he's finished speaking and begins to demonstrate the form, and then says something like, "Move in this way, this will be good." That can't be all the Grand Master was saying. I may not know more than five words in Chinese, but I can tell when someone is talking at length and he clearly is, but the translator says almost nothing.
I guess where I'm going with this is, does anyone have a transcript of this video in English, or know of a version with a better translation?
I've looked online, and I only find this version of the DVD available, but I figured it couldn't hurt to ask.
Louis? Jerry? Audi? Anyone?
Any help would be appreciated.
I don't stand a chance in heck of learning Chinese, I can barely speak English, but would sure appreciate it if someone who does know it could lend me a hand. I'd like to hear what the Grand Master is getting at. It seems he's making some very good points and I'd like to know at least the gist of them.