Chen is a sticks coach in Taiwan. She won the first place at the Taiwan Sticks National Competition. She has nice contact skills.
Name: Kuan-yin Chen
Age: 26 years old
Place of living: The place where I live is a great mixture of an urban metropolis and the nature. There are warmth and friendliness.
Job: Sporting goods Store Manager, sticks coach
How many years have you been juggling with devilsticks?
I started contact sticks in the third year of college, now I have been playing for 5 years.
The number of devilsticks you have:
At least 10 sets of sticks.
Your juggling achievements (prize / performance / trick that you are most proud of / etc.):
First place at the Taiwan Sticks National Competition, third place at Hong Kong Youth Juggling Cup
Are you a member of any team/group/club/association:
I'm a member of the Chinese Taipei Sticks Sports Federation. It is a goverment-funded, non-profit organization that promotes and popularize Taiwan's sticks sports. It was founded 5 years ago. It helds regular seminars and courses every year. I am responsible for being a lecturer and a flowerstick teacher. Sometimes I perform and get invited to TV shows.
Why did you choose this juggling tool and where did you first meet with it?
When I was in the third year of college, I met a coach and started learning sticks because of curiosity and freshness. Many children in Taiwan have good skills, so elementary school students are my teachers.
Where did you learn to play with devilsticks?
In the school club.
What are your favorite tricks?
My favorite tricks are the ones when the stick rotates in the hand or on the foot.
What is the most difficult trick that you would like to learn?
Doing more than three sets of sticks.
In what style do you play and what other styles do you like?
I like the gorgeous fancy style. So I chose a fancy skating dress as a performance suit.
What do you do in a normal day, how many hours do you practice?
When I train the hardest, I practice at least 4 hours a day.
Do you teach juggling?
I teach flowersticks to students of elementary school, middle school and college, and adults too.
Why do you like devilsticks?
I like to have many playing options and creativity.
What are your strong/weak points regarding juggling?
There are very few girls who juggle in Taiwan so being a girl is my advantage. My work has a downside, sometimes it interrupts the juggling practice.
How is the juggling life in Taiwan? Are devilsticks popular?
The sticks are very popular because the government and the association work together to make this sport more common and to train more sticks players. Many schools promote the teaching of the sticks. There are a lot of teachers and parents who are very supportive.
What is your goal related to devilsticks? What is a challenge for you?
The goal is to increase my skills and the difficulty of my moves, and make my performance more impressive.
How do you imagine yourself when you are old? Will you still juggle?
Yes, I will still juggle because juggling makes me find happiness.
Can you imagine not juggling devilsticks anymore?
I can't imagine it.
What do you advise to beginner/advanced devilstick players?
Believe that you can do it.