Step into the arena of power, precision, and prowess, mastering the art of Chinese Swordsmanship!

Have you ever dreamt of wielding a sword like an ancient warrior?

In the modern world, the pursuit of strength, agility, and martial mastery often leads many down a path of monotonous gym routines and impractical martial arts, leaving a void of authentic, battle-tested combat knowledge and physical prowess.

Imagine being stuck in a perpetual cycle of workouts that barely scratch the surface of your potential, martial arts classes that don’t translate into real-world combat scenarios, and a hunger for a physical and mental discipline that truly challenges and transforms you.

Embark on a path where every cut, deflection, and thrust is a step towards martial mastery and peak physical condition with Chinese Swordsmanship. Dive deep into a curriculum forged through millennia, proven in battle, and perfected over time. Here, you don’t just train; you transform into a warrior, with practical combat skills and a physique that echoes the strength and agility of ancient Chinese warriors. Become a part of a legacy where your physical training and martial arts are one – a seamless blend of strength, strategy, and combat readiness.

While rooted in the Yang Family Taiji Jian (Chinese Straight sword) system, our classes are more than just Taiji Jian – they encompass the essence of other iconic Chinese swords including the Dao (sabre), Miaodao (two-handed longsword) and Dadao (two-handed sabre). The techniques, basic cuts, and skills we impart are the building blocks of all Chinese swordsmanship styles.

No prior experience in taijiquan, kung fu or martial arts is necessary; we welcome students of all backgrounds and levels. Our program embodies the five key components of Chinese Swordsmanship (Jianfa):

  1. Basic Cuts: Master the foundational techniques that lay the groundwork for your swordsmanship journey.
  2. Paired Drills: Explore the art of combat through dynamic partner exercises.
  3. Solo Forms: Immerse yourself in the fluid and mesmerizing movements of Chinese sword forms.
  4. Test Cutting: Put your skills to the test as you learn the art of precision cutting.
  5. Full Contact Freeplay: Experience the thrill of controlled sparring that brings your training to life.

Why Choose Our Chinese Swordsmanship Class?

  • Authentic Training: Immerse yourself in centuries-old Chinese combat techniques, resurrected and refined for today’s enthusiasts.
  • Physical and Mental Fitness: Jianfa combines physical conditioning with tactical intelligence, sharpening your body and mind.
  • A Thrilling Journey: From the intricacies of swordplay to the chivalry of combat, every class is an exhilarating quest.
  • Embrace Tradition: Connect with a passionate community of history buffs, martial artists, and fellow warriors-in-training.
  • Expert Instruction: Our experienced instructors are dedicated to guiding you on your path to mastery, one flourish at a time.
  • Competitive Spirit: If you seek glory, we offer opportunities to test your mettle in tournaments and friendly sparring matches.
  • Balance of History and Modernity: Chinese Swordsmanship bridges the gap between history and today, offering a unique blend of ancient wisdom and modern training.

Ready to hoist your blade and step into a world where the past and present converge in an epic clash of steel and spirit?

Join Our Chinese Swordsmanship Class Today and Forge Your Legacy!

Are you ready to embrace the rich history and artistry of Chinese Swordsmanship? We invite you to join us for a free taster session at our fully-equipped martial arts school. It’s an opportunity to step onto the path of the sword, experience a class firsthand, and connect with our passionate team.

Reserve Your Free Class Today

Click the button below to book your free class. You can also reach us at 01702 808 262, text us at 07931 857 775, or email us at Unleash your inner warrior, elevate your skills, and embark on a journey that transcends time – your adventure begins here.


  1. What is Chinese Swordsmanship?
    Chinese Swordsmanship, also known as Jianfa, is the practice of wielding a Chinese sword (jian) with precision, grace, and martial effectiveness. It is an ancient martial art that combines combat techniques, self-defense, and a profound connection to Chinese history and culture.
  2. Do I Need Prior Martial Arts Experience to Join a Chinese Swordsmanship Class?
    No previous martial arts experience is required to start learning Chinese Swordsmanship. Our classes are designed to accommodate both beginners and experienced practitioners, providing a solid foundation for all skill levels.
  3. What Equipment Do I Need to Get Started?
    Typically, you won’t need to purchase equipment when you start. We provide training swords (wooden or blunted steel) for beginners. As you progress, you may choose to invest in your own training sword and protective gear.
  4. Is Chinese Swordsmanship Safe?
    Safety is a top priority in Chinese Swordsmanship classes. Instructors emphasize proper techniques, controlled sparring, and the use of safety gear to minimize the risk of injury.
  5. What Will I Learn in a Chinese Swordsmanship Class?
    Chinese Swordsmanship classes cover a range of topics, including fundamental stances, strikes, deflections, forms (sequences of movements), sparring, and historical context. You’ll also learn about the philosophy and culture associated with this martial art.
  6. Is Sparring a Part of Chinese Swordsmanship Training?
    Yes, sparring (controlled, simulated combat) is typically included in Chinese Swordsmanship training. It allows students to apply their techniques in a practical context and develop their combat skills.
  7. Is Chinese Swordsmanship Suitable for All Ages?
    Chinese Swordsmanship can be practiced by individuals of various ages, although it’s essential to choose a class appropriate for your age group and physical condition. Our senior class is for over 16’s.  For students under 16 years of age, we have a Junior Chinese Swordsmanship class.  Some schools offer specialized classes for children, teens, and adults.
  8. What Are the Benefits of Learning Chinese Swordsmanship?
    Learning Chinese Swordsmanship offers numerous benefits, including improved physical fitness, enhanced focus and concentration, stress relief, self-defense skills, and a deeper appreciation for Chinese culture and history.
  9. Can I Compete in Chinese Swordsmanship Tournaments?
    Some Chinese Swordsmanship schools and organizations host tournaments and competitions. Participating in these events is optional, but they can provide an opportunity to test your skills against other practitioners if you choose to compete.
  10. Is your Academy easy to find?
    Absolutely! The Rochford Martial Arts Academy is located on Ashingdon Road in Rochford, providing easy access from all surrounding areas including Southend, Hullbridge, Great Wakering, Canewdon, Eastwood, Rayleigh, and Hockley. 

    Please check out a Finding Us page that has directions to the Academy by car and public transport.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us directly or speak with one of our instructors. We’re here to help you embark on your Chinese Swordsmanship journey!