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Workshops Calendar

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

Wrestling Foundations with Mike Panian

Date Saturday, May 30, 2015

Time2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 9

Wrestling is the oldest known martial art, and evidence from antiquity suggests that even ancient wrestling was complex and sophisticated. There are examples of wrestling and wrestling games in almost every culture, all of which derive from the same objectives: control your opponent, take them to the ground, and destroy their resolve in the process. Medieval wrestling texts, unfortunately, present only snapshots of wrestling from their era.  This workshop will help bridge the gap between theory and use through the context of wrestling as a whole.  We will focus on fundamentals that all wrestling styles have in common while building basic and reliable skills that can be used in medieval and other types of wrestling.

Mike Panian has been practicing martial arts for over 34 years. He studies karate and has been a wrestling coach. Mike has also maintained an interest in European Sword Fighting and other disciplines that augment and enhance his practice. See Mike's current projects here: Martial Energy Workshops and Swordfighters.

Cost: $60 per person
Required Equipment: Mouthguard, snug clothing, good hygiene
Recommended Equipment: Wrestling headgear

Introduction to Mounted Combat

Date Saturday, June 6, 2015

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.

Mounted Combat Play Day

Date Saturday, June 6, 2015

Time1:00 pm – 4:00 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

6-Week Beginner Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Saturday, June 6, 2015

Time4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Price C$300.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 3

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.

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 Saturday, June 6, 2015

Time4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

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

6-Week Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Saturday, June 6, 2015

Time6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$200.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 3

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.

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

6-Week Level 4 Horsemanship Course

Date Saturday, June 6, 2015

Time4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Price C$130.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Taught in separate groups, this 6 week course will cover everything you need to know for Horsemanship levels 3 or 4. There are 3 lecture classes (indoors), two practical classes, and a session for written tests and practical review.

  • 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

Dates: Six Saturdays, June 6th through July 11th, 4:30-5:30pm
cost: $130 + gst
single classes: $25 space permitting

"Trips, traps and throws" - Polearm grappling

Date Saturday, June 13, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 10

The poleaxe is not only a powerful striking weapon, it can also be employed as a tool for grappling with an armoured or unarmoured opponent. In this workshop students will focus on how to safely enter into grappling range, how to work at the middle staff, how to conduct throws and counter-throws, trips, drags, and disarms.

This is a workshop aimed at applying skills in combat. Students will work with mats to develop falling skills and will take techniques through to controlled conclusions. Exercises will build from mechanics through to contextual application. Coached, focused, sparring at controlled speeds will be a part of the workshop.

Open to beginner and experienced polearm users. Fundamentals in poleaxe or spear technique is required.

Fight Directors Canada Certification Course - Two-Week Intensive

Date Monday, June 15, 2015

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$795.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 8

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

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, June 20, 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 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

Instructor: Greg Reimer

Fight Directors Canada Certification Course - Two-Week Intensive

Date Monday, October 12, 2015

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$795.00

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

Week-Long Intensive: Traditional Italian Knife Fighting

Date Monday, November 16, 2015

Time9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Price C$599.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 24

Join Maestro Roberto Laura for a week-long training intensive, studying the traditional knife arts of rural Italy.

Roberto Laura's goal is to preserve and pass on the traditional popular Italian fencing systems with knife and stick (TIKF - Traditional Italian Knife Fighting), and to build up a circle of proficient instructors who are willing and capable to help us doing so. Read more on his blog, on facebook, and check Roberto out on Youtube.

Classes run 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday, with an hour-long break for lunch.

Dates: November 16-20, 2015
Cost: $599 + GST

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