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Workshops Calendar

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

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, April 19, 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

Cavaliere Class

Date Sunday, April 20, 2014

Time1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Price C$60.00

Available Spaces 5

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 Archery

Date Sunday, April 20, 2014

Time10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Price C$75.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 0

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.

Mounted Combat Skills Workshop

Date Sunday, April 27, 2014

Time1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Price C$60.00

Available Spaces 7

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

Horseback Archery - Beginner

Date Saturday, May 03, 2014

Time10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Price C$90.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 0

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 Saturday, May 03, 2014

Time2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

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: 12
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.

Introduction to Mounted Combat

Date Sunday, May 04, 2014

Time10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Price C$149.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 5

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.

Body mechanics and control series - Rapier

Date Saturday, May 10, 2014

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

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!

Intro to Swordplay (Family/Youth)

Date Saturday, May 17, 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 8-14 and any parents that want to join in. All the swordplay equipment required to participate is provided.

Instructor: Roland Cooper

Body mechanics and control series - Longsword

Date Saturday, May 24, 2014

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.

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 basic cut mechanics and control is required to register. Members who have completed the Warrior Fundamentals course in 2014, who have been practicing with the longsword or who have instructor approval (R. Cooper) may attend.

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

Body mechanics and control series - Sidesword & buckler

Date Saturday, June 14, 2014

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.

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 basic cut mechanics and control is required to register. Members who have completed the Warrior Fundamentals course in 2014, who have been practicing with sword and buckler or who have instructor approval (D. Boorman) may attend.

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

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, June 21, 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