This popular workshop is for those who would like to learn all about Chinese fencing. It is suitable for both adults and children.

We will spend time doing some actual light sword sparring – but before that, will build up slowly and you will learn and practice a range of exercises and routines with the sword, both individually and with a partner.

The Chinese straight sword (‘jian’) is known as ‘the gentleman of weapons’ and is said to have originated in the Spring and Autumn period of China’s long history, which was from 771 to around 400BC.

It is traditionally known as a tai chi weapon, usually around 40 – 80cm long, and razor sharp!

If you have your own (blunt) training sword, then there are many exercises that you will be able to perform with them during the workshop. For partnered exercises, we use rubber swords and safety is paramount!

As well as increasing your skills in learning techniques, balance, coordination, mental focus, body and positional awareness, Chinese straight sword training is a deceptively good workout for the whole body – especially for strength and flexibility of the lower body. However, as with all training at WCA, if you have any injuries or health conditions, all of the moves and techniques can be adapted.

Who is the workshop for?

It is for students of WCA, regardless of whether you are a tai chi, kung fu, or kickboxing student. You will find weapons training to be of great value to your training.

For those who have not trained with us before, you are most welcome to come – even if you have no martial arts experience – but please contact Mark beforehand for a quick chat.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE A MAXIMUM OF 10 PLACES AVAILABLE AND IT IS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

ADVANCED PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO BOOK YOUR PLACE AND EARLY BOOKING RECOMMENDED.

Contact your instructor to arrange payment.

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For details of prices, please check our Prices page.

The workshop will be led by Mark, with assistance from at least one or two other instructors/assistant instructors.

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