Requirements for Sword Circle Initiation


A Candidate for sword circle initiation must be proficient in three modalities:

1.      Armed & unarmed close quarter combat & person protection. A Candidate should be the equivalent of a martial arts Brown Belt

2.      Magical/psychic combat in both physical and nonphysical situations. A Candidate should be able to apply advanced energy work as a conflict resolution tool. They should be current on Psychic Warfare and related topics used by US & Foreign National Security Organizations.

3.      Assessing and mitigating threats to oneself & and one’s community.  A Candidate should be able to provide professional level security/threat assessments for pagan events. They should be able to then organize and run the security for an event.  


Candidates for Sword Initiation must fulfill the following:

I.                       Honorable Military or Paramilitary Service ( Law Enforcement or Operations within the Intelligence Community) Can Substitute For Some of the Requirements Below. Specific situations can be discussed with the Sean Ciall Leadership. 



II.                     Initiation into the Sean Ciall line (see Sean Ciall line requirements)


III.                   Active participation in no less than 70% of regularly scheduled Sword Circle meetings for no fewer than 12 months.


IV.                  At least one of the following:

a.      Active and disciplined adherence to an approved martial art with some energy KI/Qi/Chi focus for no less than one year (at least 200 hours of formal school/teacher training)

b.      1st degree initiation (or equivalent) in a formal energy based magical tradition. Must include basic training in psychic self-defense and energy healing. 

c.       At least 300 hours in an energy based training. Examples include:  Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Massage Therapy


V.                    Martial Core competencies:

1.       Basic First Aid & CPR – Must Get first aid & CPR certification

2.       Unarmed Combat Skills

a.       Rolling & Falling – Learning to do basic rolls & falls in a safe manner

b.      Strikes & kicks – Leaning basic striking & kicking

c.       Joint locks – Learning to use joint locks to control people & how to counter them.

d.      Grappling & Groundwork – How to do basic grappling & ground fighting against single & multiple opponents

3.       Armed Combat Skills

a.       Basic stick fighting – Learning the basics of stick work

b.      Offensive & Defensive Knife combat – learning to use a knife for offensive & defensive work. Basic knife disarming.

c.       Basic & advanced sword work – Basic blocks & strikes with swords

d.      Using unconventional weapons – Learn to use unconventional weapons including shovel, bottles, axe handles, ect.

e.      Gun marksmanship & tactics – Training with a gun on the range and in the field. Will include a field exercise using airsoft or paintball guns.

f.        Offensive & Defense gun work – Using a gun in close quarter combat against other guns, sticks & blades. Gun disarm & retention.

g.       Using Distance weapons – Be proficient in at least one distance weapon, (i.e. archery, knife throwing, use of weapons on horseback, etc).

4.       Combat Skill Application

a.       The History of Military Conflict – Understand Military History from a strategy, tactics & weapons perspective. 

b.      Introduction to Outdoor Survival – Learning basic outdoor survival skills.

c.       Basic Stage Combat – Theory & application of stage combat

d.      Fighting multiple attackers (armed & unarmed) - The theory & practice of fighting multiple attacks standing & on the ground. 

e.      Small Unit Tactics – Learning how small teams can work together offensively & defensively in security and tactical situations. 

5.       Combat Magic – Psychic/magical combat is the application of martial and military strategy, principals and techniques to energy & magical work. It requires proficiency in energy work, magic and martial/military arts. It also integrates the latest research into psychic warfare and cognitive/neural warfare.  

a.       Proficient in the use of advance energy work (Ki/psychoenergetics) to engage in combat in both the physical and the astral world.

b.      Builds on previous psychic self-defense and psychic healing training.

c.       Be able to use energy work/Magic real-time in high risk & life threatening situations.

6.       Security & Threat Assessment

a.       Introduction to counterterrorism, criminal threats & incident Response – Basics of terrorism, criminal behavior and violence, understanding the terrorist & criminal threats as well as basic incidence response.

b.      Basic Threat & Risk assessment (Personnel & facility) – Learning to recognize and investigate threats, profile high risk individuals/situation & do basic risk assessment for facilities or events. Includes a field exercises.

c.       Basic Protection (Personnel & facility) – Learning to protect other people and perform basic event security.


VIII.        Required readings:

I.                       The Art of War by Sun Tzu

II.                     The Book of five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

III.                   A History of Warfare by John Keegan

IV.                   On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman

V.                     Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life by Paul Ekman, or an equivalent book on Profiling or Deception Detection.

VI.                   The Intuitive Warrior: Lessons from a Navy SEAL on Unleashing Your Hidden Potential by Michael Jaco

VII.                 Sharpening The Warriors Edge by Bruce Siddle

VIII.               Let Every Breath... Secrets of the Russian Breath Masters. Vladimir Vasiliev

IX.                   Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-Century Illustrated Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat Greenhill Military Paperbacks  by Hans Talhoffer

X.                     Stargate/Remote Viewing Documentation: 

XI.           These Articles on Modern Combat Magic: 

XII.                This article on psychotronic warfare or a similar whitepaper on perception warfare, Psychotronic War,  PSI warfare or 

XIII.              1st Earth Battalion manual – PDF available on the internet

XIV.               The Wiccan Warrior by Cuhulain, Kerr

XV.                 Full Contact Magick  by Cuhulain, Kerr

XVI.              Ki in Aikido: A Sampler of Ki Exercises by C. M. Shifflett

XVII.           Ki in Daily Life by Koichi Tohei

XVIII.        1 approved BOOK ON 1st Aid

XVIX.         1 approved BOOK ON Outdoor Survival


Once the candidate has completed the core competencies listed here, s/he will sit before a board of ideally not less than three Sword initiates. The initiates will each select at least one core competency from the above list to demonstrate; which core competencies will be tested will not be briefed with the candidate beforehand.


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