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Workshops Calendar

Academie Duello offers a regular selection of workshops to members and non-members alike.

Mounted Combat Play Day

Date Sunday, January 31, 2016

Time1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Price C$30.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 8

An opportunity to put your Mounted Combat skills to work. Sessions include:
- mounted games
- mounted sparring
- horseback archery

Prerequisites:
Mounted Games: Riding Level 1
Mounted Sparring: Green Spur
Horseback Archery: Beginner Horseback Archery + Riding Level 1

Assistants on the ground are needed for these sessions. If you are unable to participate as a rider, come out and be a squire for us to earn credits for future playdays!

Cost: $15 + $15 for use of school horse

Longsword Green Cord Skills Clinic

Date Sunday, February 14, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$51.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 6

Join Academie Duello's Maestro Devon Boorman as he runs a 4-hour curriculum review for current green cords who are prepping for the next rank exam, or just wanting to brush up on their skills. Students will be going over as many curriculum topics as possible in the available time.

Instructor: Devon Boorman
Cost: $60 + gst (15% off for Academie Duello Members)

Academie Duello Instructor Intensive

Date Monday, February 15, 2016

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$795.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces Sold Out

Our instructor training program combines learning our martial system with our proven pedagogy, teaching methodology, and effective instructional skills. The program is accessible both to experienced practitioners from within the Historical European Martial Arts community, seeking to teach others at a high level, as well as new practitioners who want to begin study in their own area in a manner that is safe, effective and fun.

Join us for a one-week intensive at our centre in Vancouver, Canada that will teach you the foundational martial art skills and instructional concepts to begin both the Vancouver-based and distance Academie Duello Instructor Training programs.

The course includes:

  • Up to 50 hours of martial arts and teaching methodology training.
  • Examination in the first martial level (Green Cord) with the rapier and/or longsword.
  • Instructor certification as a Student Guide.
    • Permits you to facilitate an Academie Duello study group and join the distance education program or join the Vancouver-based training program.
    • Gives you access to Academie Duello expertise and instructor resources.
  • Foundational instruction in all of the level 2 instructor and martial material.
    This material will then be studied and practiced in greater depth in the distance- or Vancouver-based programs.
  • Enrolment in the eight-month follow-up distance education course that includes
    • Weekly training plans, curriculum, and study guidance for you and your group.
    • Access to supporting video content for at-home learning.
    • Video assessments by Academie Duello instructors to review your progress to level 2.
    • Monthly online meeting with Academie Duello instructors to help guide your personal and study group development.
  • Eligibility to join the level 2 examination and training course.

After you have completed the course your goal will be to develop your skills toward the next martial level in our programs, the Blue Cord, as well as to develop your skills as a facilitator and instructor in our art.

Read more about the Academie Duello Instructor Program.

Option 1 - $795

Instruction in your choice of rapier or longsword.

Teaching and pedagogical instruction.

Option 2 - $945

Instruction in both rapier and longsword.

Teaching and pedagogical instruction.

Want to Train Part-Time or Full-Time in Vancouver?

Please contact us for more information on our post-intensive training for those based temporarily or permanently in Vancouver

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, February 20, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 1

Over the course of four hours you will learn the fundamentals of European swordplay. You will build a solid foundation in rapier, longsword, and sidesword as you practice posture, movement, attack, defense, and fundamental strategy.

This is a hands-on workshop ideal for beginners aged 15+ and of all physical abilities. All the swordplay equipment required to participate is provided.

Workshop alone: $99 + GST

Expert Introduction (Workshop + 2 hours of Private Instruction): $240 + GST

Instructor: Matheus Olmedo

Longsword Sparring Clinic

Date Sunday, February 21, 2016

Time10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 10

 It's one thing to be able to perform an action in a drill, another thing entirely to do it in freeplay. In this workshop, you will learn how to:
- improve your ability to make split-second tactical decisions
- pick the most appropriate defenses
- find the perfect moment to strike
- use simple multipliers to change set-play drills into freeplay practice
Cost: $60 + GST (15% off for Academie Duello Members)
Instructor: Roland Cooper
Pre-reqs: Longsword Green Cord
Required Equipment: Blunt sword trainer, gloves, mask, gorget
Recommended Equipment: Padded sparring jacket with rigid elbows, forearm, and hand protection

Introductory Bullwhip Workshop

Date Sunday, February 28, 2016

Time12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Price C$84.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces Sold Out

In every culture with large livestock, a whip of some kind was developed in order to move the beasts by scaring them with loud noise. Although it is not a weapon per se, it can be used to hit targets or to ensnare limbs and weapons. Indiana Jones, Zorro and Catwoman are all famous depictions of expert bullwhip technique. In this short workshop, you’ll learn some of the basic ways to crack a whip, how to wrap around an object, and have plenty of practice time.

Instructor: David McCormick
Cost: $60 + gst, + $24 + tax for your own take-home whip

*Note* Due to space limitations, this workshop is capped at 8 people.

*Note Also* Whips can be LOUD. We will be providing hearing protection.

Mounted Combat Assessments

Date Sunday, March 6, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

PriceFree Event

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Assessments for Riding, Horsemanship and Mounted Combat must be cleared with an instructor and booked at least one week in advance. Students may assess all three components of the program, or one or two of the components only.

Full Assessment (all 3 or 2 of 3 components): $80
Partial Assessment (1 component): $50

Most Cavaliere Program courses include a partial assessment.  If you are booking an assessment as part of a course, please drop us a note to confirm the course.

Introductory Bullwhip Workshop

Date Sunday, March 6, 2016

Time12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Price C$84.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces Sold Out

In every culture with large livestock, a whip of some kind was developed in order to move the beasts by scaring them with loud noise. Although it is not a weapon per se, it can be used to hit targets or to ensnare limbs and weapons. Indiana Jones, Zorro and Catwoman are all famous depictions of expert bullwhip technique. In this short workshop, you’ll learn some of the basic ways to crack a whip, how to wrap around an object, and have plenty of practice time.

Instructor: David McCormick
Cost: $60 + gst, + $24 + tax for your own take-home whip

*Note* Due to space limitations, this workshop is capped at 8 people.

*Note Also* Whips can be LOUD. We will be providing hearing protection.

4-Week Conditioning Bootcamp

Date Monday, March 7, 2016

Time7:00 am – 8:00 am

Price C$120.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 8

Everyone wants to get fitter, but a fighter needs to be to be at the top of their game. This four week program will increase strength, endurance, flexibility and work capacity by using a tried and tested mixture of strength training, high intensity interval training and cardio.

The program runs Monday, Wednesday, Friday for four weeks, and is structured as follows:

  • Monday: Strength training
  • Wednesday: Cardio conditioning
  • Friday: Circuit training

Each workout starts with a warm up and ends with a cool down.

The cornerstone of this program is the fitness test, occurring on day 2 and day 12 which will allow participants to see their progress and set measurable and attainable goals.

Instructor: Jon Mills
Cost: $120 + GST

4-Week Conditioning Bootcamp

Date Monday, March 7, 2016

Time8:15 am – 9:15 am

Price C$120.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

Everyone wants to get fitter, but a fighter needs to be to be at the top of their game. This four week program will increase strength, endurance, flexibility and work capacity by using a tried and tested mixture of strength training, high intensity interval training and cardio.

The program runs Monday, Wednesday, Friday for four weeks, and is structured as follows:

  • Monday: Strength training
  • Wednesday: Cardio conditioning
  • Friday: Circuit training

Each workout starts with a warm up and ends with a cool down.

The cornerstone of this program is the fitness test, occurring on day 2 and day 12 which will allow participants to see their progress and set measurable and attainable goals.

Instructor: Jon Mills
Cost: $120 + GST

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, March 13, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 9

Learn to fend off ruffians and rapscallions with Vancouver's most common weather-based accoutrement.

In this 4-hour workshop, participants will learn the art of self-defense with an umbrella or cane. Based on the Bartitsu system developed in turn of the century Victorian England, stick fighting is a practical, easily applied system of self-defense for any gentleman or lady.

This workshop is suitable for participants of any fitness and experience level.

Instructor: David McCormick

6-Week Beginner Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, March 13, 2016

Time10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Price C$300.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

This six-class course is designed to help the beginning rider achieve Horsemanship and Riding Level 1. The curriculum includes:

Horsemanship:
- haltering, leading & securing your horse
- points of the horse
- parts of the saddle & bridle
- grooming & tacking up
- untacking and care of tack
- basic feeding and needs of the horse

Riding:
- turn out and checking tack
- mounting & dismounting
- warm up exercises
- basic seat position
- aids for walk, trot and halt
- circles & turns
- rising trot
- ground rails
- introduction to canter if ready
- single hand reining
- stirrupless work
- introduction to games skills

The cost of the course includes one free riding or horsemanship assessment. Students can expect to be ready to assess Horsemanship Level 1 at the end of the six classes. Readiness for Riding Level 1 typically takes two iterations of the course.

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: None

6-Week Level 2 Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, March 13, 2016

Time10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Price C$300.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

This six-class course is designed to help the riders achieve Horsemanship and Riding Level 2. The curriculum includes:

Horsemanship:
- points, breeds, colours, markings & sex terminology of the horse
- grooming & tacking unassisted
- routines of the horse
- care & cleaning of saddle & bridle
- riding etiquette
- leading in hand at walk & trot

Riding:
- adjusting tack
- exercises at halt & walk
- basic seat position
- changes of direction, circles at walk & trot
- single hand reining
- dropping and regaining stirrups
- games skills
- canter work & identifying leads
- introduction to drill work
- introduction to jumping
- longeline work

The cost of the course includes one free riding or horsemanship assessment. Students can expect to be ready to assess Horsemanship Level 2 at the end of the six classes. Readiness for Riding Level 2 typically takes two iterations of the course.

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: Horsemanship Level 1

6-Week Level 3-4 Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, March 13, 2016

Time10:30 am – 11:30 am

Price C$130.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

Taught in separate groups, this course will cover everything you need to know for Horsemanship levels 3 or 4.

  • Stabling: cleaning a stall
  • Feed: types and processing
  • Grooming: full practical grooming
  • Benefits and drawbacks of barefoot vs shod hooves
  • Conformation & Unsoundness: positive & negative traits; identifying lameness
  • Conditioning: work vs exercise
  • Vet & First Aid: Taking vital signs, illnesses, injuries & treatments
  • Saddlery: nosebands, girths & blanketing

Cost: $130 + gst
Single classes: $25 space permitting

6-Week Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Sunday, March 13, 2016

Time12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Price C$200.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

A six-class series for riders working on Level 3 and up. Group lessons consist of up to four riders. Additional time slots are added as needed, and riders grouped by level as much as possible. Riders are expected to arrive at least half an hour before class and have their horses groomed, tacked up, and partially warmed up before the lesson starts.

cost: $200 for six classes
single classes: $45 each if space available

5-Week Intermediate Mounted Combat

Date Sunday, March 13, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Price C$160.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 6

This 5-week series of classes will continue to hone swordplay skills from the saddle. *NOTE* This is not jousting.

Intermediate

Students who already have their Green Spurs will practice both from the ground and from horseback as they work towards the combat skills for the rank of Blue Spur.  Riders should be tacked up and ready to go at 1pm.

Prerequisites: Green Spur
Cost: $160 + gst
Individual classes, space permitting: $50 each

5-Week Mounted Combat Fundamentals

Date Sunday, March 13, 2016

Time1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Price C$120.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

This 5-week series of classes is intended to give you the basics of swordplay from the ground to prepare you for fighting from horseback.

Beginner

Participants at this level will practise from the ground and the falsemount to achieve the combat skills needed to attain the rank of Green Spur and particpate in Mounted Sparring clinics and tournaments.  Students who have their Riding and Horsemanship Level 1 and who attend all five classes can reasonably expect to attain their Green Spur by the end of the series.

Prequisites: none
Cost: $120 + GST
Individual classes, space permitting: $35 each

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, March 19, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 6

Over the course of four hours you will learn the fundamentals of European swordplay. You will build a solid foundation in rapier, longsword, and sidesword as you practice posture, movement, attack, defense, and fundamental strategy.

This is a hands-on workshop ideal for beginners aged 15+ and of all physical abilities. All the swordplay equipment required to participate is provided.

Workshop alone: $99 + GST

Expert Introduction (Workshop + 2 hours of Private Instruction): $240 + GST

Instructor: Matheus Olmedo

Bartitsu: Unarmed vs. Armed

Date Sunday, March 27, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

Realistic self defence does not only address equal scenarios. What do you do against the armed aggressive attacker when you are unarmed? The most dangerous situations need even more skill.
Some of Bartitsu’s foundational plays assume that the attacker has more strength, weight or a heavier weapon. In this four-hour workshop, we’ll consider effective unarmed self-defence versus an attacker armed with:
  • A stick or bat
  • A knife
  • A staff or pole
This workshop is open to the public with no prior experience. However, it will be most beneficial for those with previous unarmed martial arts experience, especially those who are at least Green Sash in our Bartitsu program.
For those with Bartitsu experience, we’ll also venture into:
  • Kubotan or knife defences against stick or bat
  • Umbrella defences against heavy stick or staff

Instructor: David McCormick
Cost: $60 + GST (15% off for Academie Duello members)

6-Week Beginner Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Saturday, April 2, 2016

Time4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Price C$300.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

This six-class course is designed to help the beginning rider achieve Horsemanship and Riding Level 1. The curriculum includes:

Horsemanship:
- haltering, leading & securing your horse
- points of the horse
- parts of the saddle & bridle
- grooming & tacking up
- untacking and care of tack
- basic feeding and needs of the horse

Riding:
- turn out and checking tack
- mounting & dismounting
- warm up exercises
- basic seat position
- aids for walk, trot and halt
- circles & turns
- rising trot
- ground rails
- introduction to canter if ready
- single hand reining
- stirrupless work
- introduction to games skills

The cost of the course includes one free riding or horsemanship assessment. Students can expect to be ready to assess Horsemanship Level 1 at the end of the six classes. Readiness for Riding Level 1 typically takes two iterations of the course.

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: None

6-Week Level 2 Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Saturday, April 2, 2016

Time10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Price C$300.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

This six-class course is designed to help the riders achieve Horsemanship and Riding Level 2. The curriculum includes:

Horsemanship:
- points, breeds, colours, markings & sex terminology of the horse
- grooming & tacking unassisted
- routines of the horse
- care & cleaning of saddle & bridle
- riding etiquette
- leading in hand at walk & trot

Riding:
- adjusting tack
- exercises at halt & walk
- basic seat position
- changes of direction, circles at walk & trot
- single hand reining
- dropping and regaining stirrups
- games skills
- canter work & identifying leads
- introduction to drill work
- introduction to jumping
- longeline work

The cost of the course includes one free riding or horsemanship assessment. Students can expect to be ready to assess Horsemanship Level 2 at the end of the six classes. Readiness for Riding Level 2 typically takes two iterations of the course.

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: Horsemanship Level 1

6-Week Level 3-4 Horsemanship Course

Date Saturday, April 2, 2016

Time10:30 am – 11:30 am

Price C$130.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

Taught in separate groups, this course will cover everything you need to know for Horsemanship levels 3 or 4.

  • Stabling: cleaning a stall
  • Feed: types and processing
  • Grooming: full practical grooming
  • Benefits and drawbacks of barefoot vs shod hooves
  • Conformation & Unsoundness: positive & negative traits; identifying lameness
  • Conditioning: work vs exercise
  • Vet & First Aid: Taking vital signs, illnesses, injuries & treatments
  • Saddlery: nosebands, girths & blanketing

Cost: $130 + gst
Single classes: $25 space permitting

6-Week Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Saturday, April 2, 2016

Time12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Price C$200.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

A six-class series for riders working on Level 3 and up. Group lessons consist of up to four riders. Additional time slots are added as needed, and riders grouped by level as much as possible. Riders are expected to arrive at least half an hour before class and have their horses groomed, tacked up, and partially warmed up before the lesson starts.

cost: $200 for six classes
single classes: $45 each if space available

Mounted Combat Play Day

Date Sunday, April 3, 2016

Time1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Price C$30.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 6

An opportunity to put your Mounted Combat skills to work. Sessions include:
- mounted games
- mounted sparring
- horseback archery

Prerequisites:
Mounted Games: Riding Level 1
Mounted Sparring: Green Spur
Horseback Archery: Beginner Horseback Archery + Riding Level 1

Assistants on the ground are needed for these sessions. If you are unable to participate as a rider, come out and be a squire for us to earn credits for future playdays!

Cost: $15 + $15 for use of school horse

4-Week Conditioning Bootcamp

Date Monday, April 4, 2016

Time7:00 am – 8:00 am

Price C$120.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Everyone wants to get fitter, but a fighter needs to be to be at the top of their game. This four week program will increase strength, endurance, flexibility and work capacity by using a tried and tested mixture of strength training, high intensity interval training and cardio.

The program runs Monday, Wednesday, Friday for four weeks, and is structured as follows:

  • Monday: Strength training
  • Wednesday: Cardio conditioning
  • Friday: Circuit training

Each workout starts with a warm up and ends with a cool down.

The cornerstone of this program is the fitness test, occurring on day 2 and day 12 which will allow participants to see their progress and set measurable and attainable goals.

Instructor: Jon Mills
Cost: $120 + GST

Iberian Swordplay with Puck Curtis | Week-long Intensive

Date Monday, April 11, 2016

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$699.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 25

From Fundamentals to Functional Swordplay with La Verdadera Destreza - A Five Day Seminar for the Spanish True School

Within the walls of the Academie Duello M. Puck Curtis will present one of the great Destreza books as a hands-on training experience.  Over five days we will use Francisco Antonio de Ettenhard's Compendium of the Fundamentals of Destreza...(1675) as a primer to explore the tradition with a variety of weapons.  As we train we will explore material reaching both backwards and forwards within the Destreza centuries to other masters like Carranza, Pacheco, Figueyredo, and Rada.  Using Ettenhard's book as the lens we will work together to transition from fundamentals into practical application during freeplay including the True School's distinctive tools for strategy and tactics.  Weapons covered in the seminar will be sword in one hand, sword and dagger, montante, and the introduction of the tradition's 3-headed flail techniques.
Experience Level: Beginner and up
Gear required: Fencing mask and jacket (or equivalent) gloves, rapier or sidesword, dagger, montante is optional.

Iberian Swordplay with Puck Curtis | Half-day Workshop

Date Saturday, April 16, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 20

Dangerous Intentions - La Verdadera Destreza

The Before, the During, and the After… These concepts are well known to most modern practitioners of western sword arts, but in the deeper waters of Destreza theory untold riches await the experienced martial artist with the ability to strike within the adversary's times. La Verdadera Destreza's method of stealing the place from your adversary is the diestro's playground. In this class we will use the adversary's movements and footwork against him to develop our assaults at his expense.
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced (In order to succeed within this class you must be able to execute fencing actions in time.)
Gear Required:  Fencing mask and jacket (or equivalent) gloves, rapier or sidesword, dagger

Italian Martial Arts with Marco Quarta | Half-day Workshop

Date Sunday, April 17, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 30

This workshop will cover the basics elements of:
  • Tempi, misure and guards
  • Gioco largo with giochi di concordia: the elegant dimension of duels
  • Gioco stretto with giochi d'ira: the brutal dimension for self-defense

The second part of the workshop will focus on unarmed fencing. We will start with the medieval Abracar, covering the basic guards, stepping and targets. We will then focus on the constant transition between grappling and striking in the self-defense context. We will see:

  • prese avantacade e ligadure (trapping and blocking the opponent's limbs)
  • rotture (breaking joints and weaker bones of the body)
  • percussioni (striking with hands, arms, elbows, legs and heads)
  • lesioni (injuring with pressure and clinching on soft parts such as eyes, genitals, ears)
  • gambarole, capofitti and stramazzi (actions aimed to throw and take down the opponent on vital parts, such as the head, in combination with striking actions)

The third part of the seminar will open an historical and technical priming of the Italian school of stick fencing. It will introduce the development of the stick methods that paralleled the sword and dagger, eventually finding its Renaissance in the 19th century, and still today in living traditions in both the academic (fencing academies) and popular settings (regional styles) in Italy.

The practical part of the workshop will introduce the basics of the stick fencing, footwork, attacks, and parries and will offer the skills to start training in “spratico and assalto per la sala” (competitive sparring and assault). The stick practice will eventually focus onto the “conservazione della vita per il terreno” (self defense for the street), and “gioco stretto” (close distance).

Required equipment: 90 cm/36" cane/stick, fencing mask, wood/rubber training knife, wood/rubber training dagger. Loaner masks and knives will be available, and a limited number of sticks.

To read more about Italian Martial Arts and Marco Quarta, please visit NovaScrimia.org

Italian Martial Arts with Marco Quarta | Week-long Intensive

Date Monday, April 18, 2016

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$699.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 30

A warrior discipline, a martial art, a science of combat for dueling and survival, a way of defense from assaults, formative practice for the body-mind-spirit, exercise, confrontation, psychophysical increase, a community, tradition and values, deep roots based on the teaching and respect for the Ancestors’ Legacy.

This is Fencing. This is Italian Martial Arts. Centuries of tradition, still alive today.

A school handed down through the centuries, thanks to the Masters, past and present, which left to future generations the codes, the techniques and the pedagogy.

L’arte di ripararsi e ben rispondere ai colpi avversi, “The Art of guarding and riposting well against the opponent’s blows”.

This five-day intensive will be a unique opportunity to learn Italian fencing (classic, traditional and modern) and Italian martial arts for modern practice, needs and applications. Italian martial arts (IMAs) are rich in culture and technical aspects. They cover hundreds of years, a variegated number of weapons and methods, armed and unarmed. There are ancient, medieval, renaissance, modern and contemporary methods and their evolutions. There are academic, military, regional, folk- and family-based traditions and methods which all share the same genome, the same principles, the same structure, and culture. During our intensive we will learn some of these Sciences and Arts of fighting and fencing, in their present methods, forms and approach.

The classes are focused for a contemporary use and practice of IMAs for combat and self defense, within the framework of the traditional fencing principles applied for swords and other weapons. For this reason, they will focus on three major elements of the Art:

  1. Stick fencing: Bastone a una mano (one-handed stick), bastone da passeggio (walking stick), bastone da braccio (short stick)
  2. Unarmed fencing: methods originated from medieval “Abracar” as detailed starting from Fiore De Liberi in his Flos Duellatorum, from Renaissance “Pugne” - 19th-century methods of wrestling and bare-handed pugilism for self defense, and contemporary methods such as “calci e schiaffi”
  3. Short range fencing: Italian school of daggers and knives, from the dimension of the duel, or “gioco largo” to the combat for survival or “gioco stretto”

All topics will cover theory, technique, tactics, sparring, and combat drills. You will develop a solid ownership of the principles of the art, the philosophy, the application, the use in a fight or in a context of self-defense.

Required equipment:

  • 90 cm/36" cane/stick
  • Wood/rubber training knife & wood/rubber training dagger,
  • Fencing mask
  • Knee and elbow protection (even cheap roller blades ones would work even if they are not the best)
  • Groin protection (for men)
  • Chest protection (for women)
  • Heavy gloves (hockey rather than lacrosse)
  • Fencing jacket recommended but not required

To read more about Italian Martial Arts and Marco Quarta, please visit NovaScrimia.org

Fight Directors Canada Certification Course - Three-Week Intensive

Date Sunday, May 1, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$1195.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

Fight Directors Canada requires three specific weapon systems at the Basic Actor-Combatant level: Sword, Quarterstaff and Unarmed. The 20 hours of lessons per weapon covers how to wield the weapon with accuracy and effective fighting style, in drills, choreography and flourishes. Equally important are the safety concerns with each weapon, and how to create the illusion of violence with each strike and move. At the end of the course, the student will perform three fight scenes (complete with dialogue and acting besides an impressive fight), one for each weapon, evaluated by an FDC Fight Master.

Classes run Sunday through Friday for three weeks, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mounted Combat Assessments

Date Sunday, May 1, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

PriceFree Event

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Assessments for Riding, Horsemanship and Mounted Combat must be cleared with an instructor and booked at least one week in advance. Students may assess all three components of the program, or one or two of the components only.

Full Assessment (all 3 or 2 of 3 components): $80
Partial Assessment (1 component): $50

Most Cavaliere Program courses include a partial assessment.  If you are booking an assessment as part of a course, please drop us a note to confirm the course.

Fight Directors Canada Certification Course - Three-Week Intensive

Date Sunday, September 4, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$1195.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Fight Directors Canada requires three specific weapon systems at the Basic Actor-Combatant level: Sword, Quarterstaff and Unarmed. The 20 hours of lessons per weapon covers how to wield the weapon with accuracy and effective fighting style, in drills, choreography and flourishes. Equally important are the safety concerns with each weapon, and how to create the illusion of violence with each strike and move. At the end of the course, the student will perform three fight scenes (complete with dialogue and acting besides an impressive fight), one for each weapon, evaluated by an FDC Fight Master.

Classes run Sunday through Friday for three weeks, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm