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Workshops Calendar

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

Cavaliere Assessments

Date Sunday, May 03, 2015

Time2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Price C$80.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Assessments for Riding, Horsemanship and Mounted Combat must be cleared with an instructor and booked at least one week in advance. Students may assess all three components of the program, or one or two of the components only.

Full Assessment (all 3 or 2 of 3 components): $80
Partial Assessment (1 component): $50

Most Cavaliere Program courses include a partial assessment.  If you are booking an assessment as part of a course, please drop us a note to confirm the course.

Bow-making with Ravenbeak Natureworks

Date Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$395.00

Available Spaces 1

Note: this workshop is 3 days (5, 6, 7 May)

Join bowyer Jamie MacDonald and learn the art of building a traditional wooden bow. Jamie is versed in many different styles (longbow, flatbow, recurve, etc.) and will help you craft an exceptional and functional bow.
All materials - including a seasoned pacific yew stave - and tools are included.

During this three day course you will learn how to:

  • Select a yew wood stave
  • Process the stave
  • Tiller the bow
  • Make a Flemish twist bowstring
  • Finish the bow

Students between the ages of 8-13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

For more information, see www.ravenbeak.com

Longsword Skills Clinic

Date Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 16

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

Introduction to Mounted Combat

Date Saturday, June 06, 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.

"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 12

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 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

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

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