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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.
HOW IT WORKS
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.
Your Complete Study Path.
A systematic syllabus to prepare you for full contact swordplay using the Jian, Dao, and the Chinese Longsword.
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.
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.
Frequently asked question
Here are a few answers to our most common questions
No problem. Any stick, bamboo stalk, or common dowel from the hardware store will do to get you started. You can even just cut a section off an old broom stick. Once you have more experience we can recommend practice swords for you.
Yes, certainly. All lessons are taught from the ground up in detail and founded on the basic cuts. We give you the building blocks to construct a solid practice and prepare you for future swordplay. Every movement is demonstrated from multiple angles throughout each Webinar.
Hundreds of martial artists, stunt choreographers, brand new beginners, people from all sorts of backgrounds and different experience levels, have all answered that question. And the answer is a definite "Yes"!
Sword work at the Academy is 100% swordplay oriented. Swordplay meaning full contact, free swordplay with realistic weapons. Every technique is taught and demonstrated in terms of responding to the type of actions that a duifang is going to come at you with when he or she is genuinely looking to land a blow. The cuts, deflections, footwork, and strategies presented are not based on theories of how the form might work, but on Rodell Laoshi’s over three decades of experience facing swordsmen from various traditions. If you are looking to move beyond forms to practical, realistic application, the Academy is where you want to be.
Yes you can. The instruction is founded in the basic cuts that are central to all systems of Chinese Swordsmanship. Practitioners from Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Shaolinquan, Wing Chun, Bakmei, Mantis, Karate, and even European systems of swordsmanship have been training with Rodell Laoshi and hosting seminars with him for many years.
No, none at all. You can start anytime. You can cancel your subscription anytime.
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