DUEL! Adventure Themes


The Duellist

 

What would you do if you were challenged to defend your life and honour in a sword fight–that you couldn’t refuse? You’d have to get a crash course from your local fencing master, of course!

the duellist adventureJoin the expert sword instructors of Academie Duello for an adventure in the art of the Duel. You’ll follow in the footsteps of the many 17th century nobles that found themselves in this same predicament by learning the art of swordplay in a fun and fast-paced learning experience.

Over the course of 90 minutes you’ll get:

  • To handle and explore dueling swords in our Arms and Armour museum.
  • A lesson on the 6 tools you’ll need to survive a sword fight with the duelling rapier, including: movement and posture; attack and defence; strategy and trickery
  • Authentic swordplay knowledge from a 17th century martial arts tradition.
  • A chance to face a friend or one of our sword masters in a duel of honour! (with blunt swords and protective gear of course!)

This experience ties together history and authentic swordplay into a fun adventure you can experience on your own or with a group of friends or family.

Length: 90 minutes per session

Cost: $40 + Tax

 

Book Your Duellist Adventure

Larger groups can be booked by phone at 604-568-9907, or by email at info@academieduello.com

To purchase a gift certificate for this Adventure click here.

 

The Warrior

 

The 14th century knight was a formidable warrior versed in the arts of the sword, spear, lance, shield, axe, and unarmed. A master of battle.

Join us for a 90-minute immersion in the history, skills, and training of the medieval knight. From grappling, to two-handed swords, to pole-axes, and back again. You’ll get to try on armour, get a private tour of our historical arms and armour museum, and have a lesson in the rich and powerful martial art of Northern Italy: Armizare.

Over the course of 90 minutes you’ll get:

  • To try on a knight’s armour and explore knightly weapons in our Arms and Armour museum.
  • A lesson on the battlefield martial art of Armizare, including: The foundation of martial movement and posture; use and defence with the dagger, two-handed longsword, and the poleaxe; fighting strategy and tactics.
  • Authentic swordplay knowledge from a 14th century martial arts tradition.
  • A chance to bring the art together in a choreographed sword encounter.

This experience ties together history and authentic knightly martial arts into a fun adventure you can experience on your own or with a group of friends or family.

We provide expert guidance, practice weapons (specialized blunt steel swords), protective equipment, and a safe and engaging environment for adults of any physical ability.

Length: 90 minutes per session

Cost: $40 + Tax

 

Book Your Warrior Adventure

Larger groups may be booked by phone at 604-568-9907, or by email at info@academieduello.com

To purchase a gift certificate for this Adventure click here.

 

The Knight

 

Get on a horse, take up a sword, and ride to glory!

This two hour program, hosted at our partner stables in Langley BC, will introduce you to the foundations of riding, horsemanship, and swordplay. You don’t need any prior experience and even the most timid adventurers will discover the excitement of knighthood.

Beginning with an introduction to sword wielding skills on the ground, our experienced swordplay instructors will teach you:

  • How to wield and move gracefully with the medieval two-handed longsword.
  • Core attacks and defenses with the blade.
  • The basics of strategy to defeat your opponent and stay alive.

Next, we’ll introduce you to your steed. Our expert riding instructors will guide you through:

  • Working with and around war horses.
  • Mounting and building riding comfort.
  • Basic, guided riding skills.

If you and your group have prior riding experience, please contact us to arrange for a more advanced riding program.

Finally, we’ll bring both skills together with knightly games of skill, such as:

  • Facing the quintain, a medieval sword and shield dummy that will test your power and speed.
  • Spearing rings, to build your accuracy and precision with the sword’s point.
  • Cutting targets, to challenge your coordination and equestrian skills.

We provide all of the specialized equipment needed for mounted combat, such as swords and protective gear. All you need to bring is heeled boots, comfortable clothes, a pair of gloves, and a sense of adventure!

Length: 120 minutes per session (2.5 hours for groups larger than 4 people)

Cost: $200 per person

Book Your Knight Adventure

We’re offering the Knight Adventure on December 2nd at Christmas Carosella, our mounted combat open house. To book your space in this exciting adventure click here. To learn more about the event check out the page on Facebook.

This theme is also available for private bookings of 1 – 8 people. Customized programs are available for larger groups by combining elements of our non-equestrian offerings and themes.

The Archer

From the depths of Sherwood Forest to the fields of Agincourt, prepare yourself to take up the mantle of “Archer”!  Take a crash course in the history of this ancient weapon, and the skills required to wield it.

archeryThis session is ideal for people who would like to experience a glimpse of the archer’s elegant martial art. We provide students with bows, arrows, and expert coaching. This adventure takes place in a safe and welcoming environment and is suitable for beginners at any fitness level.

Length: 90 minutes per session

Cost: $40 + Tax

What You’ll Learn:

  • The (brief) history and origins of archery from all over the world.
  • The principles that enable safe and healthy shooting.
  • The basics of stance and drawing order.
  • The parts of bows and arrows.

What to Bring:

  • A set of comfortable clothes suitable for doing exercise (including indoor running shoes).
  • A water bottle.

Book your Archer Adventure

We’re offering the Archer Adventure on December 2nd at Christmas Carosella, our mounted combat open house. Click here to book your space. To learn more about this even check out the page on Facebook.

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build your own adventureIf you would like an exclusive session on your own or with a group of companions, visit our Private Adventures page. All of these themes are available, plus more!

All our sessions take place at the Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay, located at 412 West Hastings Street in Vancouver BC, except for our horseplay sessions which take place at Cornwall Ridge Farms, located at 21955 16th Ave in Langley BC.

If you have any additional questions you can call us at 604-568-9907 or email bookings@academieduello.com.