Thanks, Audi, for the reference: no problem with your computer skills and I have now read the discussion and followed the 'pros and cons' of the idea. I might just add here the quotation from Yearning K. Chen's book which he appends as a note to the end of his form descriptions (p128 of my edition): 'When a practiser has become so familiar with the whole series of T'ai Chi Ch'uan that he performs each movement at the right speed without irregularities and interruptions, fully understands the applications, and breathes naturally, he can change to the left (or reversed style)... When a practiser has mastered the whole series of the left style as well as the right style, he will have acquired further benefit. For when movements can be performed in both styles, neither side will be overbalanced. Further practise in the right style will become still more interesting'. Yearning K. Chen studied privately for ten years with Master Tien Sou-Lin who lived to be 99! Chen's original book apparently contained also sections on Sword, Knife and Staff; it would be very interesting to see that. The book I have only contains the barehand section of the original book. At the end of all this, I still can't make my mind up on the 'pros and cons'. Maybe in my practice, I'll stick to what I've been doing occasionally, but more often now, and just practise some forms on both sides individually - fast, perhaps. Kind regards, Simon.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Audi:
FYI, we had a discussion about this some time ago. If my computer skills are up to snuff, you should be able to access the discussion by clicking here