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Workshops Calendar

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

Vancouver Martial Challenge

Date Friday, June 3, 2016

Time7:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Price C$40.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 27

Academie Duello invites practitioners of European Martial Arts to join us in Vancouver from Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 5th for a weekend devoted to sparring excellence and multi-disciplinary martial challenges.
The weekend will bring together practitioners of Western Martial Arts from across schools to meet each other in the spirit of community via three forms:

* Sparring. Three days of open fencing in a relaxed, high quality, combat environment with a high level of martial intent. Our goal is to embody a practice as close to sharp sword combat as possible.

* Martial Challenges. Pre-arranged bouts, feats, and exhibitions between individual practitioners with the intent of showing martial excellence and providing an opportunity for training and personal challenge.

* Accolade. We challenge all event participants to spar with as many people as possible and award a personal accolade to the individuals they felt best represented skill at arms, martial prowess, and noble spirit each day. An overall accolade will be announced for each category on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Schedule

Friday 7pm to 10pm
Saturday 3pm to 9pm*
Sunday 10am to 6pm

*Academie Duello is running its usual program of classes from 10am to 3pm on Saturday. Many of these are open to guests.

Cost
Whole weekend - $40
Friday - $10
Saturday or Sunday - $20

Mounted Combat Play Day

Date Sunday, June 5, 2016

Time5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Price C$30.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-Op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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, June 6, 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 for returning bootcampers & active AD students, $200 + GST for new clients

4-Week Conditioning Bootcamp

Date Monday, June 6, 2016

Time8:15 am – 9:15 am

Price C$120.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 10

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 for returning bootcampers & active AD students, $200 + GST for new clients

Longsword Fundamentals: Richmond

Date Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Time7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Price C$135.00

LocationDynamo Fencing Club Map and Directions

Available Spaces 9

Learn the art of the two-handed medieval longsword in this 8-class fundamentals course delivered by Academie Duello at Dynamo Fencing in Richmond. Our expert instructors will teach you attacks, defences, and combative strategy with one of Europe's most iconic weapons.

New students can expect:

  • Instruction in the basics of Armizare, a medieval Italian combat system designed to train knights for battle.
  • Use of steel swords, weighted and balanced like the originals.
  • A safe and supportive environment for learning the art of longsword combat.

Returning students will continue to practice the basics, and begin broadening their understanding of strategy and tactics:

  • A more detailed look at measure and tempo
  • Investigating the differences between wide and close play
  • Getting up close and personal with grapples at the sword

Requirements:

  • Comfortable workout clothing.
  • Non-marking shoes.
  • Tight fitting gloves are recommended but not required.
  • All other equipment is provided.

Runs for 8 weeks on Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, June 11, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 10

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

Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Monday, June 13, 2016

Time6:30 pm – 7:30 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.

This six-week course runs Mondays from 6:30-7:30 pm.

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

Level 1-2 Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Monday, June 13, 2016

Time6:30 pm – 8:30 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 or 2.

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.

This course runs Mondays from 6:30-8:30 pm

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: None. Intro to Mounted Combat recommended.

Time And Relative Defence In Swordplay: Fabris' book 2

Date Sunday, June 19, 2016

Time10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 3

Become a lord of time and space as we work through Salvator Fabris' second book: fencing while continuously moving forward.

This workshop will train you how to move continuously forward, responding to every defence your opponent makes, being the oncoming storm that rains inevitable destruction upon them. Beyond the fundamentals of continual movement forward you'll also get an opportunity to unlock the all-important movement through misura largissima (the opponent's maximum striking distance) - crucial to mastering all forms of swordplay.

The book Lo Schermo by Salvator Fabris is a seminal work on Italian fencing that is divided into two major works. The first that outlines the foundation of Italian rapier including attack, defence, movement, posture, and an understanding of conventional timing. The second, the subject of this workshop, builds from this base to look at timing and opportunity in a completely different way.

The second book focuses on an approach to fencing that involves continual movement forward. We will explore Fabris' 6 rules for this approach:

  1. Move continuously forward.
    Instead of cautiously approaching with pauses in between each step, you’ll learn to move with passes toward the opponent with no hesitation.
  2. Employ a posture that has only one opening.
    You will learn to use a posture where you point your sword at the ceiling and make it impossible for your opponent to give you any reaction but what you want.
  3. Deceive your opponent by avoiding a fixed posture.
    You will learn to approach your opponent in constant motion, never taking a set guard position, so your plan is far harder to read.
  4. Force a choice from your opponent; have an answer for both of them.
    Using a completely square posture where you stand with your left and right foot beside each other, you’ll explore how you can draw your opponent in and easily avoid their attack.
  5. Hide your point below your opponent’s hilt.
    By hiding your point underneath your opponent’s forte, right near their hilt, you’ll make your sword hard to find and the speed of your attack difficult to deal with.
  6. Catch up to your own sword.
    You will learn how finding your opponent’s sword, then drawing your arm in and catching up to your own sword, makes your actions hard to read and your attack frighteningly fast.

After a thorough look at rules 1, 3 & 4 we will look at how rules 2, 5 & 6 can also be incorporated into the play. The workshop will also set aside some time for freeplay employing what we learn.

This workshop will be suitable for all practitioners with the rapier.

Instructor: Clinton Fernandes
Cost: $60 + GST (15% off for Academie Duello Members)

Academie Duello Instructor Intensive

Date Monday, June 20, 2016

Time8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Price C$795.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

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
    (20 hours rapier technical training, 20 hours longsword technical training, 10 hours focused 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 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, Scholar, 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

Foundations: Measure

Date Saturday, June 25, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$30.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Right place. Fine adjustment to measure is like cooking spice: not too much, not too little. Students will practice working in their own measure, ready to act and strike to all available targets with perfect touch. And don’t forget your opponent’s measure! We’ll also spend time keeping track of our partner’s weapons and appreciating their threats. 30min unarmed; 30 min daggers; 30 min matched measures with weapons; 30 min mismatched measures with weapons.

Longsword and/or Rapier practitioners of all levels are welcome.

Instructor: Provost Greg Reimer
Cost: $30 + GST (15% off for Academie Duello Members)

Foundations: Tempo

Date Saturday, June 25, 2016

Time5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Price C$30.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Right time. Students will study duration and proportion of the time taken to act while fencing. A great appreciation will be given to the time the opponent allows us, and preempting their intentions is our goal. Then we’ll cover opportunities to strike: where to find them, how to create them, and against whom they appear. 30 min unarmed; 30 min daggers; 30 min weapons slow; 30 min weapons at speed.

Longsword and/or Rapier practitioners of all levels are welcome.

Instructor: Provost Greg Reimer
Cost: $30 + GST (15% off for Academie Duello Members)

Introduction to Mounted Combat

Date Sunday, July 3, 2016

Time10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Price C$149.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 10

Experience the childhood fantasy of being a knight as you take the first step in Academie Duello’s mounted combat program. This unique workshop brings together swordplay, riding, and horsemanship into an exciting session geared toward beginners.

During this intensive workshop you will:
* Get an introduction to fundamental riding techniques
* Learn how to safely handle, groom, saddle and bridle your horse
* Practice horseback sword fighting techniques

The workshop takes place at the Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op in Steveston, BC, just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. In the first hour you will learn the fundamentals of horse handling and will learn how to groom and tack-up (saddle and bridle) your horse. In the remainder of the workshop you will get an introduction to basic riding, and build the fundamentals of swordplay from the ground, including movement, core attacks, and defenses.

Beginning riders are provided one-on-one attention during the riding portion. Those with previous experience will have the opportunity to ride independently and practice more advanced drills.

This program is an ideal way to introduce yourself to both equestrian and swordplay skills and get started on a deep and exciting track of learning. Upon completion of the workshop you will qualify to join us for further in-depth classes in Riding, Horsemanship, and Swordplay.

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, July 9, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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

Level 1-2 Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Thursday, July 14, 2016

Time5:00 pm – 7:00 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 or 2.

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.

This course runs Saturdays from 5:00-7:00 pm

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: None. Intro to Mounted Combat recommended.

Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Saturday, July 16, 2016

Time5:00 pm – 6:00 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.

This six-week course runs Saturdays from 5:00-6:00 pm.

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

Intro to Archery

Date Sunday, July 17, 2016

Time12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 6

This 2.5-hour workshop will give you a taste of this romantic and effective martial form and certify you for the first level of our ongoing archery program. Students will learn:

  • The history and theory of archery
  • Implementation of good body mechanics
  • Proper stance, draw, and release technique
  • The Y-grip

Students will start first with theory and then implement that theory in coached shooting and instruction.

Please note that this workshop is for ages 15 and up.

Cost: $99 + GST
Instructor: Aaron Lamontagne

Horseback Archery - Beginner

Date Sunday, July 17, 2016

Time10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Price C$149.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

We are happy to welcome back Robert Borsos and the Borsos Torzs Horse Archery Club for our ever-popular Horseback Archery workshops.

In this three hour workshop for beginners you will spend an hour and a half on the ground learning the fundamentals and body mechanics of Hungarian style horse archery. You will then have an opportunity to shoot from both the falsemount (wooden horse) and real horses led by experienced handlers.

This workshop is appropriate for beginner archers and riders, experienced archers who would like to learn to shoot from horseback, and experienced riders who would like to add archery to their repertoire of mounted skills.

Instructor: Robert Borsos
Maximum class size: 12

For more on Horseback Archery, see Borsos Torzs Horse Archery.
For other Cavaliere program classes see the Cavaliere Calendar.

Horseback Archery - Intermediate

Date Sunday, July 17, 2016

Time2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$75.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 10

We are happy to welcome back Robert Borsos and the Borsos Torzs Horse Archery Club for our ever-popular Horseback Archery workshops.

This workshop is intended for those who have already taken Beginner Horseback Archery. We will spend about an hour on the ground refreshing our shooting skills, then move to horseback for the remainder of the workshop.

This workshop is appropriate for beginner archers and riders, experienced archers who would like to learn to shoot from horseback, and experienced riders who would like to add archery to their repertoire of mounted skills.

Instructor: Robert Borsos
Maximum class size: 10
prerequisites: Beginner Horseback Archery, Riding Level 1 or equivalent

For more on Horseback Archery, see Borsos Torzs Horse Archery.
For other Cavaliere program classes see the Cavaliere Calendar.

Intro to Archery

Date Sunday, July 31, 2016

Time12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 6

This 2.5-hour workshop will give you a taste of this romantic and effective martial form and certify you for the first level of our ongoing archery program. Students will learn:

  • The history and theory of archery
  • Implementation of good body mechanics
  • Proper stance, draw, and release technique
  • The Y-grip

Students will start first with theory and then implement that theory in coached shooting and instruction.

Please note that this workshop is for ages 15 and up.

Cost: $99 + GST
Instructor: Aaron Lamontagne

Longsword Fundamentals: Richmond

Date Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Time7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Price C$135.00

LocationDynamo Fencing Club Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Learn the art of the two-handed medieval longsword in this 8-class fundamentals course delivered by Academie Duello at Dynamo Fencing in Richmond. Our expert instructors will teach you attacks, defences, and combative strategy with one of Europe's most iconic weapons.

New students can expect:

  • Instruction in the basics of Armizare, a medieval Italian combat system designed to train knights for battle.
  • Use of steel swords, weighted and balanced like the originals.
  • A safe and supportive environment for learning the art of longsword combat.

Returning students will continue to practice the basics, and begin broadening their understanding of strategy and tactics:

  • A more detailed look at measure and tempo
  • Investigating the differences between wide and close play
  • Getting up close and personal with grapples at the sword

Requirements:

  • Comfortable workout clothing.
  • Non-marking shoes.
  • Tight fitting gloves are recommended but not required.
  • All other equipment is provided.

Runs for 8 weeks on Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, August 13, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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

Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Monday, August 22, 2016

Time6:30 pm – 7:30 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.

This six-week course runs Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm.

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

Level 1-2 Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Monday, August 22, 2016

Time6:30 pm – 8:30 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 or 2.

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.

This course runs Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: None. Intro to Mounted Combat recommended.

Mounted Combat Play Day

Date Sunday, August 28, 2016

Time2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$30.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-Op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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

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 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

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, September 10, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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

Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Thursday, September 15, 2016

Time6:30 pm – 7:30 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.

This six-week course runs Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm.

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

Level 1-2 Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Thursday, September 15, 2016

Time6:30 pm – 8:30 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 or 2.

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.

This course runs Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: None. Intro to Mounted Combat recommended.

6-Week Level 2 Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, September 25, 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.

This six-week course runs Sundays from 10 am - 12 pm.

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

6-Week Beginner Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, September 25, 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.

This six-week course runs Saturdays from 4 - 6 pm.

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

6-Week Level 3-4 Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, September 25, 2016

Time10:30 am – 11:30 am

Price C$130.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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

This six-week course runs Sundays from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

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

5-Week Intermediate Mounted Combat

Date Sunday, September 25, 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

*Note* This course runs September 25th through October 30th. There is NO CLASS on October 2nd.

5-Week Mounted Combat Fundamentals

Date Sunday, September 25, 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
*Note* This course runs September 25th through October 30th. There is NO CLASS on October 2nd.

Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Sunday, September 25, 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.

This six-week course runs Sundays from 12:00-1:00 pm.

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

Longsword Fundamentals: Richmond

Date Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Price C$135.00

LocationDynamo Fencing Club Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Learn the art of the two-handed medieval longsword in this 8-class fundamentals course delivered by Academie Duello at Dynamo Fencing in Richmond. Our expert instructors will teach you attacks, defences, and combative strategy with one of Europe's most iconic weapons.

New students can expect:

  • Instruction in the basics of Armizare, a medieval Italian combat system designed to train knights for battle.
  • Use of steel swords, weighted and balanced like the originals.
  • A safe and supportive environment for learning the art of longsword combat.

Returning students will continue to practice the basics, and begin broadening their understanding of strategy and tactics:

  • A more detailed look at measure and tempo
  • Investigating the differences between wide and close play
  • Getting up close and personal with grapples at the sword

Requirements:

  • Comfortable workout clothing.
  • Non-marking shoes.
  • Tight fitting gloves are recommended but not required.
  • All other equipment is provided.

Runs for 8 weeks on Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, October 2, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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

A Bloody Good Workshop

Date Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$70.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Just in time for the horror season, come to learn about and practice spilling and spraying stage blood. In this workshop, you’ll learn the ways to create effects that accompany sword fights, knife fights and assorted other murders from our Head of Performance Combat, David McCormick.

  • Which commercial products are best?
  • How can you prevent staining?
  • What’s safe to use in the mouth?
  • Can I save money making my own recipe?
  • How do you make it spurt, flow, spray, gush and pool?
  • What are you, some kind of sicko?

Be prepared to ruin your clothes. Wear something you’d spatter paint in… because the finale of this workshop is a bloodbath!

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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

6-Week Level 2 Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, November 6, 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.

This six-week course runs Sundays from 10 am - 12 pm.

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

6-Week Beginner Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, November 6, 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.

This six-week course runs Saturdays from 4 - 6 pm.

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

Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Sunday, November 6, 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.

This six-week course runs Sundays from 12:00-1:00 pm.

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

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

Time1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

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