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Workshops Calendar

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

Intro to Swordplay (Family/Youth)

Date Saturday, August 02, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 0

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 8-14 and any parents that want to join in. All the swordplay equipment required to participate is provided.

Instructor: Roland Cooper

Introduction to Mounted Combat

Date Sunday, August 03, 2014

Time10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Price C$149.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 4

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.

*Duello Days Special!* Existing Academie Duello Members get in for $99!

DUELLO DAYS - Mounted Combat Games Event

Date Sunday, August 03, 2014

Time2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$20.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Celebrate Academie Duello's 10th Anniversary with some celebratory mounted combat!

  • Mounted games and obstacle courses
  • Mounted Combat skills exercises
  • Mounted Combat exhibitions and mini-tournament

Open to all participants with Riding level 1 or higher.

$20+gst entry fee; +$10 to use a school horse

DUELLO DAYS - Bartitsu Sampler: Fight Like Sherlock Holmes

Date Monday, August 04, 2014

Time4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Price C$9.52

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 6

The master detective could hold his own in a fight and apprehend villains with his bare hands or with a walking stick or umbrella. Try out the movements of Bartitsu, the Victorian gentleman's scientific self-defence with instructor David McCormick.
Free admission for members, $10 for non-members.

DUELLO DAYS - Polearms Sampler: Lightsaber Spinning

Date Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Time4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Price C$9.52

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 5

Learn to spin a two-ended lightsaber like Darth Maul or a more traditional sword-sized lightsaber with Fight Choreographer David McCormick. The impressive fluidity of motion is what made the exciting battles in Star Wars so memorable.
Free admission for members, $10 for non-members.

DUELLO DAYS - Spadone Sampler: The Italian Greatsword

Date Thursday, August 07, 2014

Time4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

PriceFree Event

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 5

Learn the fundamentals of the greatsword with Maestro d'Armi, Devon Boorman. We'll explore cutting patterns and how to use your body to swing a weapon that is bigger than many of its wielders -- unless you are the Mountain!
Free admission for members, $10 for non-members.

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 2

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.

Instructor: Greg Reimer

Cavaliere Class

Date Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Price C$60.00

Available Spaces 12

In this series of workshops participants will cover the Horsemanship material needed to progress through the ranks of the Cavaliere Program. Beginners will learn the simple care, handling and tacking-up of horses needed in order to ride, while more advanced students will study first aid, conditioning, conformation and good stable management practices. Level 4 Horsemen will be capable of competently caring for a stable of horses.

Group Riding lessons of 30-45 minutes at various levels. Beginners will work on control of pace and direction, moving up to work with handling objects in preparation for mounted combat. More advanced riders will work on dressage, jumping, and occasional cross country schooling (weather permitting).

Optional guided weapons drills are included in the last portion of class, following on from the monthly Mounted Combat workshop. Participants will have a chance to work on their form and skills with the various weapons of the program from the ground and the falsemounts.

Clothing / Equipment Requirements

  • For riding: Boots with smooth soles and minimum 1/4" heel; approved helmet (some loaners available)
  • For horsemanship only: sturdy closed-toe footwear; clothing appropriate for weather.

Register for one session on its own, or get a Cavaliere Flex Pack for multiple lessons, which can be redeemed towards:

  • Mounted Combat Workshops
  • Cavaliere Classes
  • 45-minute Private Riding Lessons

Longsword: The Adaptive Fight - Deadly Counters to Losing the Crossing

Date Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

In the True Fight the attacker and defender are in a dance of control, seeking positions of strength, withdrawing when they have lost, moving in when they have regained. This is the strategy of the duel.

The Adaptive Fight is the strategy of the battlefield. Time is short and each action must reach an advantageous end. You will learn to proceed forward regardless of the outcome of any given action, seeing each response the opponent may give you, even when it appears to defeat your own, as an opportunity to enter, seize control, and decisively end the engagement. This is not a fight for the timid.

Students will learn:
- How to make split second tactical decisions based on feel of the blade.
- How to work from losses and ties in the crossing.
- How to adapt smoothly to changing combative situations and maintain a combatively dominant position.
- How to enter into wrestling plays and take a fight to the ground without ending up on the ground yourself.

This workshop is ideal for experienced and inexperienced combatants and will help any longsword wielder increase their confidence behind the sword and their practical combative ability.

Instructor: Roland Cooper
Pre-requisites: Fundamentals of Longsword (e.g. Warrior Fundamentals or Red Cord)

Cavaliere Class

Date Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Price C$60.00

Available Spaces 12

In this series of workshops participants will cover the Horsemanship material needed to progress through the ranks of the Cavaliere Program. Beginners will learn the simple care, handling and tacking-up of horses needed in order to ride, while more advanced students will study first aid, conditioning, conformation and good stable management practices. Level 4 Horsemen will be capable of competently caring for a stable of horses.

Group Riding lessons of 30-45 minutes at various levels. Beginners will work on control of pace and direction, moving up to work with handling objects in preparation for mounted combat. More advanced riders will work on dressage, jumping, and occasional cross country schooling (weather permitting).

Optional guided weapons drills are included in the last portion of class, following on from the monthly Mounted Combat workshop. Participants will have a chance to work on their form and skills with the various weapons of the program from the ground and the falsemounts.

Clothing / Equipment Requirements

  • For riding: Boots with smooth soles and minimum 1/4" heel; approved helmet (some loaners available)
  • For horsemanship only: sturdy closed-toe footwear; clothing appropriate for weather.

Register for one session on its own, or get a Cavaliere Flex Pack for multiple lessons, which can be redeemed towards:

  • Mounted Combat Workshops
  • Cavaliere Classes
  • 45-minute Private Riding Lessons

Mounted Combat Skills Workshop

Date Sunday, August 24, 2014

Time1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

In this indoor workshop participants will work from the ground and the falsemounts to hone their sword and spear skills. Drills will focus on:

  • Precision in attacks and movement
  • Attack and defence combinations
  • Finding moments for counter-attack
  • Entering the fight safely

Prerequisites: none

Register for one session on its own, or get a Cavaliere Flex Pack for multiple lessons, which can be redeemed towards:

  • Mounted Combat Workshops
  • Cavaliere Classes
  • 45-minute Private Riding Lessons

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, August 30, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 7

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.

Instructor: Greg Reimer

Cavaliere Class

Date Saturday, August 30, 2014

Time4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Price C$60.00

Available Spaces 12

In this series of workshops participants will cover the Horsemanship material needed to progress through the ranks of the Cavaliere Program. Beginners will learn the simple care, handling and tacking-up of horses needed in order to ride, while more advanced students will study first aid, conditioning, conformation and good stable management practices. Level 4 Horsemen will be capable of competently caring for a stable of horses.

Group Riding lessons of 30-45 minutes at various levels. Beginners will work on control of pace and direction, moving up to work with handling objects in preparation for mounted combat. More advanced riders will work on dressage, jumping, and occasional cross country schooling (weather permitting).

Optional guided weapons drills are included in the last portion of class, following on from the monthly Mounted Combat workshop. Participants will have a chance to work on their form and skills with the various weapons of the program from the ground and the falsemounts.

Clothing / Equipment Requirements

  • For riding: Boots with smooth soles and minimum 1/4" heel; approved helmet (some loaners available)
  • For horsemanship only: sturdy closed-toe footwear; clothing appropriate for weather.

Register for one session on its own, or get a Cavaliere Flex Pack for multiple lessons, which can be redeemed towards:

  • Mounted Combat Workshops
  • Cavaliere Classes
  • 45-minute Private Riding Lessons

Cavaliere Class

Date Saturday, September 06, 2014

Time4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Price C$60.00

Available Spaces 12

In this series of workshops participants will cover the Horsemanship material needed to progress through the ranks of the Cavaliere Program. Beginners will learn the simple care, handling and tacking-up of horses needed in order to ride, while more advanced students will study first aid, conditioning, conformation and good stable management practices. Level 4 Horsemen will be capable of competently caring for a stable of horses.

Group Riding lessons of 30-45 minutes at various levels. Beginners will work on control of pace and direction, moving up to work with handling objects in preparation for mounted combat. More advanced riders will work on dressage, jumping, and occasional cross country schooling (weather permitting).

Optional guided weapons drills are included in the last portion of class, following on from the monthly Mounted Combat workshop. Participants will have a chance to work on their form and skills with the various weapons of the program from the ground and the falsemounts.

Clothing / Equipment Requirements

  • For riding: Boots with smooth soles and minimum 1/4" heel; approved helmet (some loaners available)
  • For horsemanship only: sturdy closed-toe footwear; clothing appropriate for weather.

Register for one session on its own, or get a Cavaliere Flex Pack for multiple lessons, which can be redeemed towards:

  • Mounted Combat Workshops
  • Cavaliere Classes
  • 45-minute Private Riding Lessons

Mounted Combat

Date Sunday, September 07, 2014

Time1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 16

At our stables in Richmond you will work from the ground, from the falsemount, and, for those with riding experience, from horseback, learning:

  • how to deliver different strikes and defenses from the back of a horse
  • how to deal with a series of blows from other riders
  • how to protect your horse
  • how to throw/counterthrow a rider
  • how to employ the spear and lance in combat

This workshop is essential for graduating through the ranks of the Cavaliere Program and teaches you the fundamentals you will need to advance. There are no prerequisites and everyone is welcome to join!

Register for one session on its own, or get a Cavaliere Flex Pack for multiple lessons, which can be redeemed towards:

  • Mounted Combat Workshops
  • Cavaliere Classes
  • 45-minute Private Riding Lessons

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 8

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.

Instructor: Greg Reimer

Sword & Shield: Grapples, Shield Strikes, and Other Dirty Plays

Date Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Close engagements, throws, disarms, pommel strikes, shield strikes, and many more rough and tumble plays are the heart of this workshop on sword and shield grappling.

This workshop will offer practitioners of any experience level a set of useful tools for adding the 'fight' to their combative skillset. The techniques approached here are not the tools of the gentlemanly engagement but of the medieval street fight and battlefield engagement.

Students will learn:
- The fundamentals for success in the close plays.
- How to safely, quickly, and powerfully enter into grappling plays.
- How to exit and avoid grappling plays.
- Grappling and counter-grappling techniques.
- Shield strikes, pommel strikes, how to blind your opponent, throw them with their own weapon, and other dastardly plays.

Instructor: Devon Boorman
Pre-requisites: Fundamentals of Cut-and-Thrust swordplay (e.g. Warrior Fundamentals or Blue Cord)

Special seminar: Conditioning and foundational movement skills

Date Sunday, September 21, 2014

Time10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Price C$75.00

Available Spaces 25

Quick question: what's your primary weapon? If you said longsword, rapier, sidesword... sorry, but in swordplay, your body is actually the most crucial part of your martial practice! It's what makes it possible to then train with or without other weapons. We oil our swords, but what about basic body maintenance? More effective training sessions are an immediate payoff, with injury prevention keeping us in the game.
This two-hour, premium workshop will teach you:
  • how to improve the quality of training sessions and reduce your risk of acute injury when training, whether with weapons or unarmed combat
  • common asymmetries and muscle imbalances for various types of swordplay as well as archery
  • basic body maintenance and "prehab" to help fend off overuse and imbalance injuries
  • what type of cooldown is actually necessary

Intro to Swordplay (Family/Youth)

Date Saturday, September 27, 2014

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 8-14 and any parents that want to join in. All the swordplay equipment required to participate is provided.

Instructor: Roland Cooper

Using of Pointy Poleweapons - The Staff and Spear in War

Date Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Step into the effective, practical, and dominant use of the pole weapon in the duel and on the battlefield. Over the course of this four-hour workshop students will learn how to employ the quarterstaff, spear, and other blade pole weapons, including:

  • The use of the true fight to dominate and finish the opponent quickly and effectively.
  • Use of poleweapons in the quarter and half grips.
  • Techniques for striking and defending with all surfaces of the weapon including the shaft, point, edge, and butt.
  • Techniques for entering, avoiding, and winning grapples with the poleweapon.

This will be an informative and exciting workshop open to all skill levels and abilities.

Instructor: Greg Reimer
Pre-requisites: Fundamentals of medieval/renaissance staff technique (e.g. Warrior Fundamentals or Red Cord)