en and Women with swords. Full contact Chinese sword fighting. Kids crossing swords. We are witnessing the historical revival of real Chinese martial skills. Contestants use real weight wooden swords to replicate martial skill that was once a necessary means of survival. These days, it's the restoration of an ancient art. Chinese sword fighting is making a comeback. For years we have had wushu competitions displaying grace and skill, women with swords, dancing acrobatically, with flexibility most of us marvel at. That's not what I mean. The swordfighting I"m showing you today is real martial skill. If you put these people back in history, they would not be out of place with sharp steel on the batttlefield.
So who are these people? How do they train? Could you be one of them? And what's the prize? If you follow the links throughout this page, you'll find the answers to those and many more questions about the Chinese sword fighting tournaments. But first, take a look at the prize on offer for the June 2009 Tournament in America. I'll be there. How about you? Check out my preparation strategies here.
2009 TCSL Youth Tournament
Please be patient as this section on Chinese Sword Fighting Tournaments is constructed. Look back regularly for links to all of the bullet points above.
The 2009 Traditional Chinese Sword League Tournament is now over. It was an excellent time, an improvment on the previous year and a pointer for the future.
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Tell us about your experience of entering a sword fighting tournament. What style was it? What equipment did you use? What were the main rules and the most interesting experiences?
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