Beginner’s Course: Longsword Fundamentals
Sign up nowYour entry into Warrior Fitness starts with Longsword Fundamentals. In this 8-class beginner swordfighting program, students will learn the fundamental skills of the traditional European warrior including wrestling, longsword, sword and shield, spear, and quarterstaff.
Students can expect:
- An invigorating workout combining combat drills with contemporary aerobics and callisthenics.
- Instruction in the basics of Armizare, a medieval Italian combat system designed to train knights for battle.
- A focus on cutting-oriented swords like the longsword and sidesword, as well as the crushing staff and poleaxe.
- An encouraging and supportive environment for learning new skills and meeting fitness goals.
Longsword Fundamentals courses start the first full week of each month: Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:30pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays at noon, for one month; Saturdays at 10am for two months. See the full schedule of classes and topics.
Alternative scheduling options are available please call us for more details.
Cost: $135 + Tax
If an event is closed, or if it shows no spaces available, give the front desk a call (604-568-9907) and we’ll see if we can fit you in!
8 Classes: Complete Longsword Fundamentals in a series of eight guided classes.
Cost: $135 +Tax
8 Classes and 2 Private Lessons: In addition to eight guided classes, receive two private lessons to hone your technique.
Cost: $260 +Tax
STANCE AND STEPS: Learn how to properly hold a longsword and move your body in coordination.
STRIKES AND GUARDS: The key positions to hold a sword to defend against oncoming attacks, guards are also the starting positions of various strokes that end up in a different guard. In learning strikes, you will also learn how to aim effectively and remain in proper measure with your opponent.
MEETING IN FRONT AND BEHIND: Learn what happens when two swords clash together from different strokes and different sides of the body, and how to follow up.
PUSHING AND PULLING: Supplementary wrestling and grappling exercises to help you knock your opponent off balance with pushing or pulling force.
SIDESWORD AND BUCKLER: Learn how to coordinate your guards and strokes with a sidesword while holding a buckler, a small steel shield, in your other hand.
POLEARMS: Learn the basic guards and strikes of the staff and poleaxe, and how to use the weapon to knock away enemy attacks from a distance.
Necessary Protective Gear
Minimal protective gear is required for the Longsword Fundamentals intro course, since the focus is on correctly executing technical actions, rather than fighting all out with full contact. Fencing masks and throat protectors are supplied by Academie Duello any time there will be weapon to body contact. Students may also like to bring thin gloves (leather utility gloves are perfectly fine) to make holding and maneuvering the sword a bit more comfortable.
What Should I Bring?
The important things to bring are a set of clothes in which you are comfortable doing exercise (including running shoes) and a water bottle. Groin protection is highly recommended as well. Academie Duello provides all additional equipment necessary for the class, including weapons, fencing masks to protect the face, and rigid throat protection.