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Introducing Taiji Fencing

Taiji Fencing is a sport method of wooden Chinese swordplay (mujian) involving a variety of Taijijian, Taiyijian, Chenjiajian, and other styles of Chinese swordskill in partner dueling. Taiji Fencing focuses on the aspects of the cut— primarily, the parry and the counter-cut. Utilizing minimal safety gear (goggles mandatory) our SWORDSMEN (of all genders) compete to show not only their skill, but their art.

Swords

Using wooden jian instead of metal swords, we are emulating the armorless combat traditionally found in self-defense sword methods. This allows the Swordsmen the movement and flow of an actual swordfight. The traditional practice weapon is also the wooden sword, not a plastic or padded toy. Control is necessary at all times from our Swordsmen.

Swordsmen

Membership in the TFL is currently free with your registration at your first event. Those banned from the league for rule infractions are not permitted to compete at future events. All competitors must have a recognized instructor sign off on their abilities. At this time, we do not allow minors to compete (in most cases).

Light-Contact

Sword must be wieldable in one hand. Off-hand strikes, holds, grabs, throws, kicks, etc. permitted in the exception of excessive force. Aggressive striking or causing the pause for injury checks are each considered 1 point for the defender. Drawing of blood (hand optional), immediate swelling, or a “shake off” injury give the duel to the opponent. Match-ending injury, malicious intent, or multiple warnings gives the match to the defender. Poor sportsmanship, lying on cuts or personal vendettas lead to dismissal from the event & league.

Game Structure

We are a League holding an Event.
Our Event is hosting a single Tournament.
This Tournament will feature different round structures at each Tier.
Each Tier will be completed after all randomly drawn Matches have outcomes.
A Match will consist of 2-7 Duels.
These Dules will be point-based or timed, as competitors make Exchanges.
An Exchange is a series of uninterrupted Cuts.
Cuts are attempts at tagging your opponent.

An Exchange is ended and reset when the swords are both in a neutral guard.
The Referee separates the action and awaits the Swordsmens’ responses.
Each Swordsman announces and/or touches the places they were tagged or Cut.

Cut Types

A Clean Cut is when only one swordsman is Cut during an Exchange.
A Dirty Cut is when both swordsmen are Cut during an Exchange.
A No Cut is when an exchange ends, is stopped by the Referee but no cut was declared.

No point is awarded for Cuts that cause injury or stoppage in the Duel. No point is awarded for Cuts landed after a Referee interruption. No earned points can be removed for any reason.

Double Elimination

A real-life sword-fight is a single elimination duel. We practice double elimination at all our events so everyone enjoys at least two matches with us.

Random-seed Tiers

Each match is drawn randomly until the final Tiers (when permitted). All remaining competitors must be ready to participate until their name is called once that Tier. Any remaining single-names are the bi for that round, and are considered the first draw next Tier. All Matches in a Tier are under the same rules. Each Tier must be completed before a winner can be announced.

Last Man Standing

The First Place Winner is determined by the last Swordsman to be undefeated at the end of a Tier. Otherwise, it is the last Swordsman to not be defeated twice. All remaining Swordsmen are mixed at the end of each Tier, but rematches have the challenger redrawn upon announcement.

Match Introductions

After calling the initial Swordsman, (s)he comes up and awaits the challenger’s announcement. After showing courtesies, three minutes are allotted for preparations. Then each Swordsmanperforms their demo simultaneously (until the Finals). Three minutes are once again allotted to prepare for the Match.

First Place Awards

The winner is awarded with a framed invite to the Championships in the summer. Additionally, there is a $100.00 CASH prize as a token of appreciation for travel expenses and entry fees. A first place trophy.

Second Place Awards

A framed invitation to attend our next Qualifying Event at no charge. A second place trophy.

Third Place Awards

A third place trophy.

Entering the Competition

All styles and martial arts are welcome to be a part of our Taiji Fencing League. We encourage contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or inquiries. There is a 10:30AM rule review and practice session that is mandatory for all competitors and last minute registrants.

Events

Presented by the Rivers & Lakes Sword League

2015.8.March

HIGH NOON

2015 Spring Taiji Fencing Championships



At the Wudang Swordsmen Academy, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Wing Chun Kung Fu
117 North 10th Street 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 351-6227

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Tickets are available for PRE-SALE ONLY
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Announcements

Lastest Taiji Fencing League Announcements

  • 2015 Spring Taiji Fencing Championships

    13 November 2014

    We have recently announced our next tournament, taking place March 8th, 2015, at the Wudang Swordsmen Academy, Philadelphia location, at Sigong Art Eng's Philadelphia Wing Chun Kung Fu. This event will be double elimination, with only Clean Cuts counting towards scoring. Our event will be a small venue experience, with competitors participating in at minimum of two matches. Spectator tickets are also onsale for a limited number of pre-sold tickets. Tickets and details are available at the Square Marketplace @ https://squareup.com/market/wudang-swordsmen-academy/taiji-fencing-march-tournament-ticket.

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Taiji Fencing League Contact Information

The Taiji Fencing League is made up of a small board of founding and recognized members of the Rivers & Lakes Sword League. Your messages will be forwarded accordingly.


TFL via Email:

info@taijifencing.com



TFL via Phone:

US 570-630-0088



TFL via Postal Mail:

Taiji Fencing League
C/O Michael Xia
137 N Spring St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823









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TFL via Email:

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TFL via Phone:

US 570-630-0088



TFL via Postal Mail:

Taiji Fencing League
C/O Michael Xia
137 N Spring St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823