Jianfa - Chinese Sword Sparring
Recently the class have started training in Jianfa (literally Chinese for Sword Play). This involves applying the principles of the Jian in sparring.
We are using some basic practice drills developed by Mattias Nyrell
Seven Stars Drill
Kan Chou Drill
Nine Palace Drill
Heng Kan Drill
You can find the full details at his website jianfa.se along with a lot of additional material.
We had a Saturday training session where we spent 6 hours working on basic drills and some restricted sparring. You can see some photographs below.
You need protective equipment for sword sparring. Masks, gloves, forearm and leg protectors as well as body protection. We have arranged a discount for club members with The Knight Shop who are a UK based company and provide affordable masks, gloves and other protective gear. They are focused on equipment for HEMA, but one sword is much like another and the same protection is required.