Beginner Programs


Longsword

Learn the exciting art of the two-handed longsword, along with the sword and shield, and poleaxe. This 8-class beginner sword fighting program will teach you the fundamental skills of the traditional European warrior in a fun, engaging, and welcoming environment great for adults of all ages and levels of physical ability.

Length: 8-class course, 60 minutes per session
Cost: $159 + tax

Click here to purchase. Not ready for the full 8 course Fundamentals package? Check out our new Adventure Program for a one time epic experience!

Read more about the anatomy and history of a longsword here.

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What To Expect

  • Instruction in the basics of Armizare, a medieval Italian combat system designed to train knights for the battlefield and dueling ground.
  • A technical and strategic focus on the longsword, a versatile cut-and-thrust weapon used in both hands.
  • Instruction in the fundamentals of the sidesword and the poleaxe.
  • Following successful completion of the Fundamentals curriculum, students are awarded their Green Cord, the first rank in the Weapons Mastery Program, and have the option of continuing their studies at higher levels.

Protective Gear

Minimal protective gear is required for the Longsword Fundamentals intro course, since the focus is on correctly executing technical actions, rather than fighting all-out with full contact:

  • Fencing masks and throat protectors (gorgets) are supplied by Academie Duello any time there will be weapon to body contact.
  • Many Mastery Program students like to purchase and own their own masks, gloves and gorgets; all are available in the Academie Duello Arms and Armour store.

What Should I Bring?

  • A set of comfortable clothes suitable for doing exercise (including indoor running shoes).
  • A water bottle.
  • A simple pair of thin cloth or leather gloves as well as groin protection are optional.
  • As noted, Academie Duello provides all additional equipment necessary for the class, including weapons, fencing masks to protect the face, and collars of leather or metal called gorgets which protect the throat.
  • You may also choose to purchase your own training weapons and necessary protective gear from the Arms and Armour Store if you like.

Get Started: Longsword Fundamentals Course

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Get a head start in the art of the longsword at home with one of our Online Swordplay Courses.

Rapier

Learn the art of the graceful and powerful rapier, duelling weapon of the Renaissance, along with the sidesword and longsword. This 8-class beginner sword fighting program will teach you the fundamental skills of the traditional European duellist in a fun, engaging, and welcoming environment great for adults of all ages and levels of physical ability.

Length: 8-class course, 60 minutes per session
Cost: $159 + tax

Click here to purchase. Not ready for the full 8 course Fundamentals package? Check out our new Adventure Program for a one time epic experience!

Read more about the anatomy and history of a rapier here.

COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES

Introduction to the Italian Rapier - Teaser

What To Expect

  • An introduction to the fighting system of Armizare and the duelling systems of the Italian Renaissance.
  • Intensive training on the fundamentals of rapier combat with the goal of developing excellent technique.
  • Instruction in the fundamentals of the Rapier, Sidesword and Spear.
  • Following successful completion of the Fundamentals curriculum, students are awarded their Green Cord, the first rank in the Weapons Mastery Program, and have the option of continuing their studies at higher levels.

Protective Gear

  • Fencing masks and throat protectors (gorgets) are supplied by Academie Duello any time there will be weapon to body contact.
  • Many Mastery Program students like to purchase and own their own masks, gloves and gorgets; all are available in the Academie Duello Arms and Armour store.

What Should I Bring?

  • A set of comfortable clothes suitable for doing exercise (including indoor running shoes).
  • A water bottle.
  • A simple pair of thin cloth or leather gloves as well as groin protection are optional.
  • As noted, Academie Duello provides all additional equipment necessary for the class, including weapons, fencing masks to protect the face, and collars of leather or metal called gorgets which protect the throat.
  • Personal training weapons and protective gear is also available at our Arms and Armour store, should you wish to purchase your own.

Get Started: Rapier Fundamentals Course

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Get a head start in the art of the rapier at home with one of our Online Swordplay Courses.

Archery

Length: 8-class course, 1 hour per session

Cost: $159 + Tax

Over the course of eight sessions you will learn the fundamentals of how to shoot a modern recurve bow.  Each class will have a focus on learning about the history of archery, range safety and etiquette, and the shooting and care of the modern take down recurve bow, as well as a few other types of bow.

Each session will focus on a different era of history, aspect of shooting, and occasionally, a different type of bow.  

No familiarity or previous experience is required; the Academie will provide bows and arrows for all students.

Practical topics will include range safety and etiquette, shooting, and care of the modern takedown recurve bow to build precision and consistency in the archer.

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Private Instruction

We offer private archery lessons for groups of up to six people For further information about dates and pricing, please contact Academie Duello’s front desk either by e-mail at info@academieduello.com or by phone during business hours at 604-568-9907.

Mounted Combat

Join us at Cornwall Ridge Farms, our beautiful partner equestrian facility located in Langley, BC, and experience your childhood fantasy of being a knight as you take the first step in Academie Duello’s Mounted Combat Program. Take the Intro to Mounted Combat Workshop to get a taste of the whole program, or dive right in to our Beginners Courses! Ranks in the Mounted Combat Program are obtained by achieving minimum skill levels in riding, horsemanship, and mounted combat skills.

Just want to learn to ride, or simply improve your English riding skills? You’re welcome to participate in our Riding and Horsemanship Program without joining in mounted combat or archery activities (though when you see how much fun we have, you may change your mind!).Private riding lessons are also available – contact us for further information.

Not ready for the full 6 course Fundamentals package? Check out our new Adventure Program for a one time epic experience!

There are four ways to get started with our Mounted Combat Program:

Intro to Mounted Combat Workshop

Length: Single session, 2.5 hours
Cost: $199 + Tax

During this single session workshop you will get a taste of the three components of the Mounted Combat program:

  • Riding – Get an introduction to fundamental riding techniques
  • Horsemanship – Learn how to safely handle, groom, saddle and bridle your horse
  • Mounted Combat – Practice basic sword fighting techniques from the ground and horseback

Mounted Combat Fundamentals

Length: 6-class course, 1.5 hours per session
Cost: $165 + Tax

This 6-week series of classes is intended to give you the basics of swordplay from the ground to prepare you for fighting from horseback.

Participants at this level will practice from the ground and the false-mount to achieve the combat skills needed to attain the rank of Green Spur. Once you have your Green Spur, you can sign up for Intermediate Mounted Combat courses and participate in Mounted Games events at our Playdays and annual Carosella tournament. 

Beginner Riding & Horsemanship

Length: 6-week course, 2 hours per session
Cost: $375 + Tax

In this 6-week course you gain a solid understanding of fundamental horse care and build your riding skills at the walk and trot. 

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
  • Spend time safely and happily around these magnificent and gentle creatures.

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

After you successfully complete Beginner Riding & Horsemanship, you will be able to progress to higher level Riding and Horsemanship classes and participate in Mounted Games events at our Playdays and annual Carosella tournament

If you have prior English riding experience, you may request an assessment and join the program at a higher level. 

Beginner Horseback Archery

Length: single session, 3 hours
Cost: $199 + Tax

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 false-mount (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.

 

 

 

 

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Live Online Classes

We have just launched brand new by-donation LIVE Online Classes.

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Fitness

SwordFit

Join us for a program that combines the age old techniques of swordplay using two-handed swords, shields, and staffs, with modern physical conditioning science to create a program that exercises your mind and body.

To join the program you need to first establish a base in swordplay skills by attending our Longsword Fundamentals class.

Swordfit will push you physically and mentally to new limits to enhance your ability as a fighter. A mixture of weapons training, grappling, kickboxing and intense calisthenics, Swordfit is a great class that complements the technical art of the sword fighter by focusing on fitness and athleticism.  You will learn greater balance, speed, strength, stamina and more that will transform you into a more formidable warrior, with or without a sword. Whatever your fitness goals are, you’ll get an amazing and different kind of workout, while having a ton of fun in the process.

Exercises include:

  • Weapons based exercise drills (long sword, staff, side sword, knife)
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Calisthenics
  • Balance
  • Wrestling and Brazilian Jujitsu
  • Tumbling
  • Kickboxing
  • Fitness orientated games and teamwork

Train hard. Learn new skills. Have fun!

To see the schedule go to our calendar.

Steel Mace Flow

The Steel Mace is a dynamic and powerful tool for conditioning the entire body while building healthy range of motion and structural strength.

In our program you’ll learn how to string together dynamic movements and stable positions into a flowing sequence that combines your own creativity with functional strength. Whether you are a sports athlete, mixed martial artist, or a fitness beginner, learning how to use the steel mace can further your strength development while providing insights into the body’s imbalances and help you address them.

You’ll develop:

  • Whole body, real world, strength
  • Rotational Power
  • Muscular Endurance
  • A Balanced Body

Mace training dates back all the way to 13th century Persia, where the elite warriors and wrestlers of the day would train with the heavy Gada to condition their muscles for battle. With an extremely disproportionate weight displacement many normal movements prove quite challenging and beneficial to the myriad of stabilizer muscles surrounding our joints and primary power centers. The mace is one of the most effective ways to build core and rotational strength while connecting with the grace and power of your inner warrior.

No fundamentals program is required.

Times: Mondays & Thursdays at 5:30pm – Both classes available on basic tuition package.

Length: 1 Hour

Instructor: Caron Adderley

Steel Mace

Caron is an apprentice strength, conditioning, and nutrition coach at Madlab School of Fitness, with a passion for unconventional training methods.  Her quest for knowledge led her to the Steel Mace, which she fell in love with at first swing. After learning the foundations of the Steel Mace Flow Program, she became a certified instructor and began teaching a variety of students and classes, including her own 68-year-old mother.

Caron has an extensive martial arts background having trained in Chito Ryu Karate from the age of 9.  From karate forms to steel mace flows, the martial arts for Caron have always been about creating beautiful movement and flow from sound structure and foundations. 

 

COVID-19 Safety Procedures

How We’re Making a Safe Environment 

Reduced Class Sizes

Though we are opening classes again, we will have less available spots since we are keeping class sizes small to help reduce risk of exposure.  Swordplay classes will be limited to 8 students, and archery will only have 6.

New Procedures

Academie Duello is taking several measures to ensure that our indoor training facility remains a safe place for people to socialize and practice.  To that end, the following amenities are provided and procedures followed:

  • Hand sanitizers and equipment disinfectant sprays are located throughout the school.
  • We are not teaching any techniques that require close or body to body contact. Fortunately swords have social distancing built in!
  • Staff members and instructors who are not feeling well will not be coming to work or teaching.
  • All equipment is additionally sanitized between classes by Academie Duello staff.
  • Instructors will maintain distance between students in the class environment and exercises have been modified to minimize intensity of contact between students.
  • All instructors, staff and students are required to wear a medical face-mask at all times while teaching.

Managing Partners

Learning swordplay is a partnered activity. Fortunately throughout most exercises there is a reasonable distance that can be maintained between partners.  By keeping a minimum of two (2) metres distance between participants when they’re not taking part in an exercise, and by rotating partners frequently, we are working to minimize the intensity of contact between students.  Students will have the option to bring a partner with them to class and to retain that partner throughout the entire class, if they so choose.  Additionally, one-on-one or two-on-one private instruction is available as an alternative to group classes.

What We Expect of Our Students

  • We ask that students sanitize their equipment before bringing it to class, if using their own equipment, and after class if using the school’s.
  • Please salute or use other types of distanced acknowledgements in place of hand-shaking after exercises or sparring.
  • We require students to either wash their hands or use the sanitizing solutions both before and after class.
  • If students are not feeling well, we ask that they do not come to class.
  • Students are required to wear face-masks when present and for the duration of the class.
  • Students should only touch their own equipment.
  • Students should do their best to respect 2 metres of personal space between people when not engaged in swordplay drills with others in the training space.
  • If a student believes they have been exposed to Covid-19, they should avoid coming to class, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.  They should isolate from Duello activities for at least 14 days.
    • If they start to develop symptoms within 14 days of your quarantine, we recommend they do the following on the advice of Health Canada:
      • Isolate themselves from others as soon as they notice their first symptom.
      • Immediately call a health care professional or public health authority to discuss their symptoms and travel history, and follow their instructions carefully.
      • They can also use the online self-assessment tool to determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

Note: If someone is living with a person who is isolated because they have or are suspected to have COVID-19, their self-isolation period may be extended beyond 14 days. Seek direction from their Public Health Authority.

  • For Academie Duello to accept a student back into class after they have self-isolated, we require the student to either be:
    • Symptom-free for at least 14 days after isolation or, preferably,
    • In possession of Covid test data indicating a negative result.