Memberships & Courses

Find a study path that’s right for you.

Individual

Course

$19

per course

  • Choose from Jian, Dao or Chinese Longsword Live Webinars.

  • No monthly subscription.

  • An ideal way for new students to get started.

Focused Tracks

$29

billed

per month

  • Take control of your learning choosing from either the Jian, Dao or Chinese Longsword study paths.

  • Live Weekly Interactive Webinars for your chosen study path.

  • Access growing archive of recorded webinars allowing you to study & review anytime.​

  • Private members-only Facebook group.

  • Cancel at any time

  • Perfect for students looking to study one weapon deeply.

Sword Scholar

$45

billed

per month

  • A complete study path for those looking to develop a deep understanding of the Way of Chinese Swordsmanship.

  • Take the broad approach studying all 3 weapons: Jian, Dao and Chinese Longsword, as a unifed whole.  Integrating techniques and principles as the presented different systems.

  • Attend ALL Live Weekly Interactive Webinars.

  • Access growing archive of recorded webinars allowing you to study & review anytime.

  • Private members-only Facebook group.

  • Exclusive access to the Antique Armoury.  Expert historical presentations of Ming and Qing period weaponary.

  • Access to every resource in our Vault: including books, historical manuals, interviews & much more.

Chinese Swordsmanship
Study Paths


Jianfa - $29/m


The Jianfa study path is for practitioners looking to learn the Jian, the famous Chinese double-edged straight sword.


Chinese Longsword  - $29/m


The Chinese Longsword study path explores the Ming and Qing period two-handed swordsmanship study systems such as the Miaodao and Dandao.


Daofa - $29/m


The Daofa study path will teach you the way of the powerful Chinese saber and usuage on the Qing and Ming battlefields.


Sword Scholars Path


A complete study path for those looking to develop a deep understanding of the Way of Chinese Swordsmanship.

  • Study the Jian, Dao and Two-Handed Longsword

    Integrating techniques and principles as the presented different systems.

  • Exclusive access to the Antique Armoury.

    Expert historical presentations of Ming and Qing period weaponary to deepen your understanding studying actual historical pieces.

  • Access to every resource in our Vault

    Our vault includes books, historical manuals, interviews & much more.

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

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

Frequently asked questions

Here are a few answers to our most common questions

  • I don’t have a sword how can I start?

    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.

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

    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.

  • Can I really learn online?​

    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"!

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

    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.

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

    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.

  • Is there a contract?

    No, none at all. You can start anytime. You can cancel your subscription anytime.

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