The Combat System
The Silver Sabres Combat Academy™ does not teach any particular ‘style’ of combat.
Our focus is on imparting a ‘system’, which can be used to deliver any combat worthy flavour of movement that the student is comfortable with.
As such, our approach to training is based on understanding universal principles rather than fixed linear drills.
The overall syllabus is a synthesis of two parallel universal systems:
“Eastern and Western martial arts taught in parallel:
Traditional Wu Shi Taiji Quan & The Eight Spheres Geometry of Combat.”
This may seem an unexpected combination, but the fact that one component is derived from Historical European Martial Arts, and the other is inherited through a lineage drawn from Traditional Chinese Martial Arts, demonstrates that the mathematics of human anatomy in combat is consistent across geography and time, with both systems very clearly pointing to the same principles and truths, albeit from slightly differing perspectives.
The Eight Spheres primarily focuses on the manipulation of the blade relative to the two combatants, whilst the Taiji focuses on the individuals relationship with their own body, the ground they stand on, and the sky above their heads.
Both systems require the student to practice mindfulness, through either applied focus or breath based meditation.
“Our mission is to make this competitive sword art accessible to people from all backgrounds, allowing them to have fun and train together.”
This union of martial arts creates a versatile system of movement that lets the individual’s explore their own fighting style, regardless of styles that they might already be familiar with or with the level of experience they have.
The Eight Spheres Geometry of Combat is a detailed study of the relationship between a fighter and their opponents, and as such it represents the primary external component of the Silver Sabres syllabus.
It analyses the options available to each individual based on the relative positions of the combatants, teaching students how to be mindful of the variables, and how to recognise the various options available to them in any given situation.
In order to take advantage of any opportunities that arise when this state of mind is successfully applied, students are taught a range of physical exercises, designed to provide them with a large vocabulary of responses, without depending on prerehearsed sequences and combinations.
It is a freeform study, that encourages spontaneous adaptation to the constantly changing situations of any engagement.
It is a philosophical approach to combat, as well as a rigorous physical undertaking, and it is the perfect partner to the traditional Taijiquan that forms the internal component of the Silver Sabres syllabus.
Tai Chi is a Traditional Chinese Martial Art that explores the interaction between the polarised forces of Yin & Yang
It is a battlefield art form, rather than a competitive sport, and its strength is derived from the ability to adapt and change to each individual and their circumstances.
It utilises a sophisticated approach to interpreting and redirecting incoming forces, based on the attitude that 'four ounces can overcome one thousand tons', if the 'four ounces' are applied in exactly the right place and at the right time.
Rather than smashing through the door, Taiji Quan seeks to pick the lock.
This approach makes Tai Chi more than just physical literacy, rather it is a whole way of life and a state of mind which is studied in combat, observed in nature, and applied to every moment of the students life.
Starting with relearning simple standing and walking, studying the breath and posture, the students are taught a complex, yet beautiful, flowing sequence of martial stances and transitions which are commonly referred to as 'forms'.
These 'forms' are the main method of instruction, an alphabet of techniques, with students gradually developing an increasingly refined resolution of the demands of each posture, until they achieve a freedom suitable for application in combat.
In the Silver Sabres syllabus, the first form taught to students is the 'Dao', or the 'Sabre' form, which is a full traditional 99move sequence preserved and passed down carefully by each generation.
Although the orthodox method of teaching Tai Chi is to start with the 108 move unarmed form, in this case, special permission has been obtained in order to initiate students with a weapon as their first form.
Indeed, the Silver Sabres have been recognised as teaching an authentic traditional martial art by the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts, and are thus also recognised by Sport England.
The lineage has been passed down from: