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Workshops Calendar

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

Cavaliere Class

Date Sunday, October 26, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

PriceFree Event

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

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

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, October 26, 2014

Time2:00 pm – 6:00 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

Cavaliere Class

Date Sunday, November 09, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

PriceFree Event

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

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

Jogo do Pau Week-Long Intensive

Date Monday, November 10, 2014

Time10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Price C$425.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 14

Staff and Two-Handed Weapons Intensive with Luis Preto

Jogo do Pau intensiveIn this workshop internationally acclaimed and award winning martial artist and author Luis Preto will use the art of Jogo do Pau (Portuguese staff combat) to teach a powerful system of combative tactics, body mechanics, and martial effectiveness useful for all two-handed weapons whether it be the 5-foot staff or the two-handed medieval longsword.

25 hours of class time through the week will deliver content in two primary parts:

PART 1 – Combat tactics
Awareness of combat tactics
Systematization of tactical variables & structure of combat
-Options within exchanges’ first blow
-Dynamics of combat after the first blow
--Close range combat
--Long range combat

Tactical decision making
Special training methodologies for improving tactical skill

Competitive sparring as a martial training tool
Analysis of different options (gear, rules and success criteria) in setting up a competitive simulator of martial  arts’ original combat setting

PART 2 – Technique
Striking technique
Development of striking movement patterns
Analysis of different levers in striking
Biomechanics in optimizing speed and power
Offensive distance management

Defensive technique
Biomechanical fundamentals of parrying
Perceptual strategies
Conceptualization of a defensive system for managing the choice between different defensive tools / options
Defensive distance management

Footwork technique
Tactics of footwork – Side stepping and in line stepping on defence
Posture – Implications for effectiveness and health

Schedule

Monday to Friday
10am to 12pm - Block 1
12pm to 1pm - Lunch
1pm to 4pm - Block 2
25 hours of instruction through the week.

Cost: $425 (includes staff)

Options:
Jogo do Pau Instructor Level 1 Certification Add On (+$50)
JdP level 1 - Assistant Instructor certification will be available through this course. Students will have an additional 30 minutes of theoretical work to do each day as well as an examination at the end of the week.

Complete Immersion Add On (+$50)
If 5 hours per day of instruction is not enough for you, join as much as an additional 5-hours per day of instruction in Western Martial Arts from world renowned instructors in Italian Longsword, Rapier, and Sword and Buckler from 5pm to 10pm each day during the intensive.Fundamentals programs run each day. More advanced programs will require approval of Academie Duello staff based on your prior experience.

Out of Town Guests
If you are coming from out of town there are hotel and billeting options available for you.

Ramada Hotel
Just around the corner from Academie Duello.
435 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V2
(604) 488-1088

The Victorian
A beautiful boutique hotel a block away from Academie Duello.
514 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2V6
(604) 681-6369

Billeting
If you want to keep your costs a bit lower, many Academie Duello students would be happy to have you stay on their couch or in their guest room. Please send us an email (info@academieduello.com) and let us know that you’re looking for a place to billet along with your arrival and departure dates.

Intro to Swordplay (Family/Youth)

Date Saturday, November 15, 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

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time2:00 pm – 6:00 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

Longsword Skills Clinic

Date Saturday, November 22, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 10

Pre-reqs: Longsword Level 1
Required Equipment: Blunt sword trainer, gloves, mask, gorget
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
Instructor: Roland Cooper

Cavaliere Class

Date Sunday, November 23, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

PriceFree Event

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

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 Sunday, November 30, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

PriceFree Event

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

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

Deft, Cruel, and Deadly - Use of the Halberd and Poleaxe

Date Saturday, December 13, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

The halberd, a combination of spear, hook, and axe, is one of the most deadly weapons of the battlefield.

The axe is used to cleave and split a knight at the weak points in his armour, or batter his most defended places, crushing the man inside. The hook us a cruel tool for hauling men from horseback, pulling down shields, hooking and tearing weapons from the hands and limbs from the body. The spear drives through weak spaces in the under arms, beneath the chin, and under the aventail attacking deftly and assuredly at distance. Get too close and the haft of the weapon is an effective tool for throwing and binding the opponent and forcing them to submit, where ransom may be a more economically advantageous ending to a bout than death.

Students in this workshop will learn:
- Use of the poleaxe to strike, crush, thrust, and grapple.
- How to deal with close plays and counter the weapon's weaknesses.
- Striking with every surface of the weapon.
- Use of the poleweapon against an armoured, unarmed, and mounted man.
A strenuous but fun workshop that will entertain and challenge martial practitioners of all experience levels and backgrounds.

Instructor: Greg Reimer

Cavaliere Class

Date Sunday, December 14, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

PriceFree Event

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

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

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, December 14, 2014

Time2:00 pm – 6:00 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, December 20, 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 15+ and of all physical abilities. All the swordplay equipment required to participate is provided.

Instructor: Greg Reimer

Longsword: Grapples, Disarms, and Binds

Date Saturday, January 10, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Pre-reqs: AD Longsword Level 1
Required Equipment: Blunt longsword trainer, gloves, mask, gorget
Battle field combat is only in part about swordplay. Being able to effectively grapple with your opponent is a fundamental skill all longsword wielders must master. In this workshop you will learn:
- The True and Adaptive methods of entering into grappling plays.
- The three principals of controlling the centre, and how they pertain to grappling.
- The fundamental stages of grappling: striking in places of pain, breaking structure, taking space, and applying breaks, binds and holds.
- How to escape from grappling plays and how to counter them.
Students will enjoy a rigorous, thorough, and adventurous day that will help them understand the underlying principals of grappling with sword and how to practice and build them into their own form and training.
Instructor: Roland Cooper

Intro to Swordplay (Family/Youth)

Date Saturday, January 17, 2015

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

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, January 18, 2015

Time2:00 pm – 6:00 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

Fight Directors Canada Certification Course - Two-Week Intensive

Date Monday, January 19, 2015

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$795.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 7

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 Monday through Friday for two weeks, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Body mechanics and control series - Rapier

Date Saturday, January 24, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

This workshop in our core-series is for students to develop their practice. The 4-hour workshop will be split into 2 parts:

  • body mechanics
  • control

The first 2 hours will be devoted to developing good body mechanics, the foundation of effective swordplay. Following Capoferro’s description of the use of the body, the workshop will help you develop strength and ease in your basic guard agility and quickness into your disengage and lunge.

In the second half of the workshop we will improve the mechanical techniques of controlling the opponent’s sword to create opportunities for striking. Students will develop the skills to hold a controlled line, yield to a strongly parried line and to maintain control against a disengage.

Understanding of guard positions, lunging  and control is required to register. Members who have completed the Taste of the Renaissance course in 2014, who have been practicing with the rapier or who have instructor approval (C. Fernandes) may attend.

This workshop will work fundamental mechanical skills thoroughly. Participants should expect a good work-out!

Longsword: How to Start a Fight

Date Saturday, February 07, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

Pre-reqs: AD Longsword Level 1
Required Equipment: Blunt longsword trainer, gloves, mask, gorget
So you know how to move, you know how to stand, you know how to attack and defend: Now let's learn how to fight. In this workshop you will learn:
- How to provoke a predictable defense
- How to invite a predictable attack
- How to constrain your opponents position, and force them to move in a way that is advantageous to you
Instructor: Roland Cooper

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, February 15, 2015

Time2:00 pm – 6:00 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, February 21, 2015

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

Sidesword Skills Clinic

Date Saturday, February 28, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Pre-reqs: Sidesword Level 1
Required Equipment: Blunt sword trainer, gloves, mask, gorget
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
Instructor: Devon Boorman

Umbrella Self-defence

Date Sunday, March 15, 2015

Time2:00 pm – 6:00 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 (Family/Youth)

Date Saturday, March 21, 2015

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