<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Audi:
> David, you stated that you were ?taught how to adjust the form to compensate for a left-handed student.?
> I find your statement intriguing and would appreciate it if you would elaborate to the extent you care to do so. Are you implying that left-handed students were advised normally to practice the right-side form in a way that is different from how right-handers should do so?
[DJ] Yes. They were free to do the mirror-image set, too.
> If so, would this be for martial purposes only?
> What were some of the alterations?
[DJ] The moves which come in odd multiples, 'Brush Knee' 'Repulse the monkey' 'Parting the Wild Horses Mane' anyone is allowed to do 3, 5, 7 or 9, and 'Cloud Hands' may also be increased up to nine. How many is determined by how much you are each-handed. The more lefty you are the more of those moves you do.
> How could a teacher handle a mixed class?
[DJ] Have the left-handers do either the mirror-image set facing the class, or do the same set with the class, but do the increase on their own time.
> Were left-handers also expected to learn the reverse side of this adjusted form?
[DJ] It's left up to the person, generally, as I don't know any teachers who require the reverse in any case..
> What about weapons forms?
[DJ] I believe mainly to do the form with the weapon in the dominant hand, but I'm not 100% sure.
> Take care,
I hope that makes some sense.
[This message has been edited by DavidJ (edited 01-08-2004).]