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Workshops Calendar

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

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 6

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 7

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

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 4

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

Carosella 2014

Date Friday, September 12, 2014

Time10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Price C$199.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces Unlimited

Carosella 2014 runs Friday September 12th through Sunday September 14th. Click on the links for detailed descriptions of each day's activities.

Friday - September 12th

10:00 - Beginner Horseback Archery (3 hours) OR Rider Conditioning - Ballet in the Barn (1 hour)

2:00 - Horseback Archery II (2 hours) OR Horsemanship I Crash Course (1.5 hours)

4:00 - Riding Assessments/Beginner Riding (1.5 hours) OR Unmounted Archery (1 hour)

5:30 - Prix Fiore (1.5 hours)

Saturday - September 13th

10:00 - Intro to Mounted Combat (2.5 hours) OR Single Handed Longsword (1.5 hours)

11:30 - Grappling and Pommel Plays (1.5 hours)

1:30 - Beginner/Intermediate Riding (1 hour) OR Swordplay & Grappling from falsemount (1 hour)

2:30 - Mounted Wrestling (1.5 hours) OR Horsemanship 2 Crash Course (1.5 hours)

4:00 - Mounted Swordplay (1.5 hours) OR Spear & Lance on Foot (1.5 hours)

5:30 - Mounted Games

Sunday - September 14th

9:00 - Grooms' Competition

10:00 - Teams Competitions

11:30 - Archery (Mounted OR on foot)

12:00 - Unmounted Games

1:00 - Individual Games

3:00 - Green Spur Mounted Combat Tournament

6:30 - Closing Ceremonies & Awards

Fight Directors Canada Certification Course - Afternoons

Date Monday, September 15, 2014

Time2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$795.00

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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Students may choose a morning time or afternoon time

Please note: both classes may be consolidated into a single time (morning or afternoon) to satisfy minimum class size.

Fight Directors Canada Certification Course - Mornings

Date Monday, September 15, 2014

Time10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Price C$795.00

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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Students may choose a morning time or afternoon time

Please note: both classes may be consolidated into a single time (morning or afternoon) to satisfy minimum class size.

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 5

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)