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March Instructor Intensive Registration Now Open!

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Public registration for the Academie Duello Instructor Intensive taking place March 6th to 10th is now open! Join us in beautiful Vancouver, Canada for a fun and challenging 50-hour immersion in the arts of the rapier and longsword. If you have ever dreamed of being a teacher of Historical European Martial Arts or simply want to have the knowledge of…

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Duelling with Cause NYE 2017

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Let the clash of steel be what rings in your new year! Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay and Mission-Possible are hosting one of this year's most unique and exciting evenings of dancing, fun activities, canapés, and swordplay! Why not enjoy a fun New Year's Eve and support charity at the same time? Get your tickets from Brown Paper Tickets. When…

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Why You Should Attend VISS 2017!

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It's back — the fourth Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium! February 17th to 19th, 2017 will be a weekend of amazing learning right in the heart of beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. The theme this year is This vs That: An Exploration of Martial Asymmetry. This is a do-not-miss event and I heartily recommend that you attend. Here is what is exciting…

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Carosella Congratulations

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What an amazing weekend!  The skies were blue, the temperature was perfect, the horses were on their best behaviour, and the participants were incredible at Carosella 2016. [caption id="attachment_18362" align="alignright" width="300"] Diane & Outlaw[/caption] On Friday the focus was on Horsemanship, Riding, and Mounted Combat Skills -- ie, the core tracks of our Mounted Combat Program.   For Horsemanship we had…

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Carosella, Last Chance to …

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Online registration closes today for Carosella!                 As our major event for the year, Carosella is your last (and sometimes only) chance to participate in some workshops and events in 2016, including: Intro to Mounted Combat Horseback Archery Classical Riding Clinics (only 1 space left!) Prix Fiore workshop Bandaging & Equine First Aid Clinics Ballet at…

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Red Colt News

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Please join us in welcoming Red Colt's new resident caretakers, Elise Marquis and Graham Dube!  Elise and Graham moved in at the end of April, and we are thrilled to have them join our team.  Over the past year there has been a fair amount of upheaval at the barn with co-op members pulling in different directions, as well as…

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Pigeonholed Sword Press: News for February 2016

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[caption id="attachment_16374" align="alignright" width="300"] Bob Brooks -- President of the British Federation of Historical Swordplay[/caption] Let’s see now; what is "proper" historical swordplay? There are many definitions: Swordplay as it is strictly interpreted from a specific fightbook. The swordplay (tempered with safety concerns) employed by the SCA in their efforts to accurately recreate an overall (family-friendly) "feel" of being in the Medieval or Renaissance…

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How to Create Tangible Results from Martial Arts training

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This past Tuesday night, I got home from the school at about midnight. After class, which ends at 10pm, I spent another hour and a half with Greg committing more rapier and sidesword exercises to video. This is our third week of shooting this particular content. To support this month’s 30 for 30 Swordplay Challenge, Greg and I decided that…

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30 for 30 Swordplay Challenge: January 2016 Edition!

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The third annual 30 for 30 Swordplay Challenge is just about to start on January 2nd! If you’ve heard of yoga challenges, you know what this is about. It’s like that, but way cooler… there's swords. The challenge: practice swordplay for 30 minutes per day for 30 days in January from the 2nd to the 31st. This requires no experience and…

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A Christmas Eve Reflection on the Past Year at Academie Duello

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It’s the first day of the holiday and it’s always a bit confusing when you don’t go about your usual routine. I find myself not at Academie Duello, as I have been nearly every day for the past two weeks, but instead at my in-laws' for the preparation of Christmas Eve dinner. Now we set into one of my favourite…

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