• Take Your Sword Skill Beyond Simple Forms

    Each session focuses on the application of the basic cuts that are integral to all systems of Chinese sword work, taking your sword art back to its original martial essence.

  • Focus on Full-contact Free Swordplay

    Classes break free from the constrictions of forms only practice by aiming at developing skills for effective free swordplay. Training concentrates on what works, why it works, & how.

  • Historically Based Training with Period Accurate Weapons

    Founded on the study and use of Qing & Ming weapons - Jian, Dao, Miaodao, & others, based on the direct examination of thousands of antique swords. This provides the student with a direct line back to the source.


The Academy gives you access to the world's leading experts helping you learn the complete art of Chinese Swordsmanship.

  • Weekly Live Interactive Webinars.

    Attend live webinars every Saturday & Sunday with Scott M. Rodell. These sessions focus on effective application of techniques in free swordplay, not on forms. Drawing on Rodell Laoshi’s three decades of experience, every webinar dedicates time for questions from students to ask anything they need.

  • Instant Access to Hours of Lessons.

    Connect at your convenience to a growing archive of recorded webinars allowing you to study & review anytime, anywhere. The vault also stores written resources to support your training.

Learning Chinese Swordsmanship Online

Scott M. Rodell

Scott M. Rodell is a martial artist, author, and teacher of Yang style Taijiquan. He is an internationally recognized expert of Chinese historical swordsmanship.

Best known for his work reviving Chinese Historical Swordsmanship, he is widely considered the father of the renaissance of this art.  Rodell travels frequently to Europe, across the US and to Australia and Canada to lead seminars. 


Having handled over 3000 antique swords his expertise is often called upon by museums and collectors around the world.  He is regularly featured in media including the hit Youtube series "Man At Arms: Reforged".

Author of 10 books, his writing is required reading for anyone looking to return to the original way of the Chinese sword.

Scott Rodell's webinar series are great.  I was surprised how well on-line learning works in this context.  Scott is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the Chinese sword, and he's very clear in his instruction.  He talks you through each cut and deflection, and shows the techniques from all angles.  It's as good as being there.

Laura Montgomery

In my profession I am always looking  for inspiration in creating original choreography that’s rooted in authentic real world Martial Arts. Part Martial Arts Teacher, part Historian, Laoshi Scott Rodell’s unique and highly effective teaching style has been invaluable in gaining insights to authentic Chinese Swordsmanship and now he has made his classes accessible on the internet through his Online Academy of Chinese Swordsmanship.

Tig Fong, Stunt/Fight Coordinator

Frequently asked question

Here are a few answers to our most common questions

I don’t have a sword how can I start?

I’m a beginner with no experience, can I join the Academy​?

Can I really learn online?​

I’ve practiced sword forms for years what can I expect out of the Academy?​

I am not a Taiji guy. Can I still benefit from training at the Academy?​

Is there a contract?