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Workshops Calendar

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

Cavaliere Class

Date Sunday, November 30, 2014

Time1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Price C$60.00

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

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 11

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

Time1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Price C$60.00

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, December 14, 2014

Time2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 8

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 Archery

Date Sunday, December 14, 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.

Please note that this workshop is for ages 15 and up.

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 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

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 11

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 6

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

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 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

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