Videos

Yangjia Michuan Taiji Jian - Testing Out the Zha Method

A short video demonstrating the applications of a the movements, Testing out the Zha Method. Up, Down, Three Swords The Technique is Complete from the Yangjia Michuan Taiji Jian (楊家秘傳太極劍) form. Thanks to Poney Chiang for acting as Scott M. Rodell Laoshi's duifang, Tig Fong of Flying Knee Films for his masterful camera work and editing and 276 Sterling Studio for the use of their amazing studio.

One Perfect Jian Cut: Bringing Together Speed, Power & Precision

Test cutting was a forgotten tradition in Chinese swordsmanship that has been revived at Great River Taoist Center. The jianke (swordsman, 劍客 ) cuts different types of targets to test different skills. A small, unsupported piece of bamboo is widely considered one of the most challenging cutting targets. The cut must be absolutely straight, fast and powerful. If any of these are off, the cut will fail.

Five Elements of Chinese Swordsmanship

An overview of the five major categories of training that comprise historical Chinese swordsmanship.

Historical Sword and Saber Test Cutting

This footage of Scott M. Rodell demonstrates historically accurate cutting techniques with both a sword (jian) and saber (dao).

Rediscovering the Dandao: The Hidden Saber and Flying Knife

Rediscovering the Chinese Long Sword

A presentation on the history and applications of the shuangshoudao (two-handed saber) in Chinese swordmsanship.

Yangjia Michuan Taiji Quan

GRTC Center Director Scott M. Rodell demonstrating the first section of the Yangjia Michuan taijiquan form.

Yangshi Taiji Jian with Tassel

Center Director Scott M. Rodell performs the public Yang style jian (straight sword) form with tassle.

Yangjia Taiji Jian Michuan Martial Applications

Scott M. Rodell demonstrates applications of the first section of the Michuan Taiji Jian form. Mr. Rodell is the author of Chinese Swordsmanship: The Yang Family Taiji Jian Tradition.

Yangshi Taiji Jian Form

This footage of Scott M. Rodell performing the public Yangshi Taiji Jian was shot in the Moscow during his December 2003 Seminar on this form at the Moscow Branch of GRTC.

“Fork” TV Interview with Scott M. Rodell

“Fork” TV Interview with Scott M. Rodell, Director, Great River Taoist Center, Tallinn, Estonia, 2000, author, “Chinese Swordsmanship” & “Taiji Notebook for Martial Artists.”

Test Cutting for Chinese Swordsmanship

This is footage of Scott M. Rodell demonstrating testing cutting for both sword (jian) and saber (dao).