Adrian Paul head instructor of the Sword Experience at SoCal Swordfight 2023
Adrian Paul

Many call Adrian Paul a sword expert, based on his lead role as Duncan Macleod in the action series Highlander. The show spanned 6 seasons, 117 episodes and ran in over 90 countries worldwide. with Adrian performing hundreds of action and sword fights during that time. But Adrian knows it takes many years to become a swordmaster and dismisses this title saying we all have “sword experts” inside us, if are willing to work hard to achieve it.

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Having studied Hung Gar and Shaolin Kung Fu for over 25 years, (Kung meaning skillful work, hard training) this philosophy is apparent throughout numerous action films, including two Highlander films, performing and choreographing sword fights and action sequences for both television and film, during an entertainment career that has spanned 35 years. Adrian has also directed and produced projects for both television and film, hosted a radio for charity with over 600 hours of airtime, along with founding his own charity The PEACE Fund (Protect, Educate, Aid Children Everywhere).

The PEACE Fund has been in existence since 1997, helping improve the lives of children in the US, Haiti, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Hungary and Romania. In June 2015 Adrian ran a Sword Experience workshop to raise money for one of the countries that the PEACE Fund supports. The sword fighting event went so well that Adrian decided to test the idea at other similar events across the US. The demand was surprising.

So eight months later, in February 2016, Adrian founded The Sword Experience, as a way to pass on some of the knowledge he learned while working with world-renowned action stars, stunt choreographers, and swordmasters. Although not charity based, The Sword Experience has raised money for The Peace Fund at several events that have been specifically used for that purpose. To date, the testimonials speak for themselves. Not only has it given people a chance to receive the best sword fighting tips and techniques, training with some of the best sword experts around, but it has also given people a chance to do something different, to improve their fitness, their communication skills, their abilities, along with the chance to do something they may have only dreamed about.

The Sword Experience at SoCal Swordfight

Elite 1

In the first hour learn 6 of the SXP attack and defense position along with the importance of three of the six aspects of a well filmed sword fight. Character, Awareness and Conversation. These ingredients not only make you look good but also keep you and your partners safe.

Hour 2 – Put the 6 SXP Attack and defense positions into a choreographed fight employing the "Character, Awareness and Conversation" aspects previously worked on. Then be prepared to be filmed at the end of the event to see the fruits of you labor.

Elite 2

In the first hour learn 6 of the SXP attack and defense positions along with the importance of Targeting, Measure and Timing in a filmed sword fight. Ways to add to choreography making the sword conversation integral to the story, while keeping your partners safe.

Hour 2 – Work with a partner, utilizing the 6 SXP Attack and defense positions in a short choreographed fight, while employing the "Targeting, Measure and Timing "aspects to give your interpretation its own unique flair. Then put it all on film at the end of the event.


The Academy work shop focuses on sword basics. Balance, footwork and correct targeting while learning 6 of the Sword Experience attack and defense numbers. You'll work on

Targeting games; Balance Tests; Distance and timing challenges; Evasion techniques for Film fights; and perception in Martial Art forms where you have to visualize your opponent and set intentions to your movements. All of which are tools not only for successful execution of moves for sword work and martial arts, but also to sell a good sword fight on film.


Allows you to sit in and watch all the techniques, challenges and tests laid out in our programs during the day. Questions can be asked at the end of the session, however, no photos or videos are allowed during the event.