Maija Soderholm


Maija Soderholm is internationally known for her work on the tactics of swordplay, and has written 2 books on the subject: The Liar, the Cheat, and the Thief: Deception and the Art of Swordplay, and The Hustler: Swordplay and the Art of Tactical Thinking.

Her work comes primarily from her years studying with Maestro Sonny Umpad in Visayan Style Corto Kadena and Larga Mano Eskrima. She was named as lineage holder of his system on his death in 2006. She is also an official teacher of the Yizong system of Chinese Internal Arts under Luo De Xiu of Taipei and has been practicing Tai Ji, Hsing-I and Bagua Zhang for over 20 years.