Weapons Mastery

Beginner’s Course: Rapier Fundamentals

Sign up nowThis beginner’s swordfighting program brings students through an introduction to the art of the rapier, sidesword, and longsword. At the end of the eight beginner classes you will be able to graduate to the first rank of the school and enter the Mastery Program.

Students of Rapier Fundamentals can expect:

  • An introduction to the fighting system of Armizare and the duelling systems of the Italian Renaissance.
  • Intensive training on the fundamentals of rapier combat with the goal of developing excellent technique.
  • Instruction in the fundamentals of the sidesword and longsword.
  • A First Rank Examination at the end of the 8 classes.  Success will enable you to graduate into the first rank (Green Cord) of the school and continue into Mastery Program.

Courses start on the first full week of each month and can be taken on Mondays & Fridays at noon, Mondays & Wednesdays at 7pm, or Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5pm and 7pm, for four weeks; Saturdays at 11:30am for eight weeks. See the full schedule of classes and topics.

Alternative scheduling options are available; please call us for more details.

Cost: $135 + Tax

Course Options

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!

EventStart DateStart TimeSpaces
Rapier Fundamentals - SaturdayMay 711:30 am 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - Monday/FridayJun 612:00 pm 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - Monday/WednesdayJun 67:00 pm 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - Tuesday/ThursdayJun 75:00 pm 5Closed
Rapier Fundamentals - Tuesday/ThursdayJun 77:00 pm 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - SaturdayJun 1111:30 am 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - Monday/FridayJul 412:00 pm 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - Monday/WednesdayJul 47:00 pm 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - Tuesday/ThursdayJul 55:00 pm 5Closed
Rapier Fundamentals - Tuesday/ThursdayJul 57:00 pm 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - SaturdayJul 911:30 am 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - Monday/FridayAug 112:00 pm 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - Monday/WednesdayAug 17:00 pm 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - Tuesday/ThursdayAug 25:00 pm 5Closed
Rapier Fundamentals - Tuesday/ThursdayAug 27:00 pm 5Register or Add to Cart
Rapier Fundamentals - SaturdayAug 611:30 am 5Register or Add to Cart

8 Classes: Complete Rapier 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

Class Content

RAPIER POSTURE AND MEASURE: Learn basics of the Rapier including the four guards, movement, combat range and attacking.

FINDING THE SWORD: Learn to defend and attack simultaneously while gaining an advantage over your opponents’ sword.

ENGAGEMENT: Counter-attacking and regaining control of the fight.

CUTTING (sidesword): Learn the 8 cuts of the sidesword, how to block a cut, deflect a blade and the secrets of the narrow and wide play.

TEMPO: Learn about the rhythm of combat.

4 TEMPOS FOR STRIKING: Learn when and how it is best to strike your opponent and make defence.

HEAVY WEAPONS FUNDAMENTALS: Learn the basics of the sword wielded in two hands.

REVIEW AND TIE IN: Review the first 7 classes and learn how the principals of swordplay tie the Longsword, Rapier, and Sidesword together. This class is followed by the First Rank Examination and graduation.

First Rank Examination

The examination takes place on the last day of class.  Guided by an instructor, you will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of all material taught over the first 7 classes. Students are strongly encouraged to regularly review the content of Rapier Fundamentals in the weeks leading up to the examination.  A list of the material on which students will be tested can be found on the back of the Rapier Fundamentals brochure, which is available with registration in the class.

Successful completion of the examination will earn you your Green Cord, the first rank in the Weapons Mastery Program, as well as the opportunity to join the Ongoing Classes.

Protective Gear

For full-speed practice, the Weapons Mastery Program uses fencing masks to protect the face. Masks are supplied by Academie Duello. Gloves, gorgets (throat protection), groin cups and chest protection are also highly recommended.

Many Mastery Program students like to purchase and own their own masks, gloves and gorgets; all are available in the Academie Duello Arms and Armour store.

What Should I Bring?

The important things to bring are a set of clothes in which you are comfortable doing exercise (including running shoes), a simple pair of gloves (thin/unpadded are okay, cloth or leather are okay) 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 collars of leather or metal called gorgets to protect the throat.

Try a free lesson nowYou may also choose to purchase your own weapons and necessary protective gear from the Arms and Armour Store if you like.  Students whose own weapons have sharp tips, however, must fit blunts on the ends in order to use them in class.  Blunts can be purchased in the Store.