Ongoing 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: $135 + 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.

Introduction to the Italian Longsword - Teaser

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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Distance Learning

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: $135 + 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.

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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Distance Learning

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

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!).

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

Beginner Riding & Horsemanship classes

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

Mounted Combat Fundamentals

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

Beginner Horseback Archery

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

Get Started: Mounted Combat, Horsemanship and Riding

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Archery

Introduction to Archery Workshop

This 3-hour workshop will immerse you in the fundamentals of archery technique, terminology, history, and theory. Students will learn:

  • The history of archery
  • The evolution of the bow
  • Implementation of good body mechanics
  • How to develop solid muscle memory to master the art
  • Proper stance, draw, and release technique
  • The Y-grip

Students will begin with theory and then receive hands-on instruction and coaching at our indoor range.

Length: Single session, 3 hours

Cost: $99 + Tax

Recurve Fundamentals 4 Week Course

In this 4-class course you will learn the fundamentals of shooting the modern recurve bow.
Each week will focus on a different era of history and aspect of shooting to provide you with a fuller breadth of knowledge of this art. We’ll look at:

  • Prehistory of bows and different shapes used
  • Ancient and medieval history: from Egypt to Agincourt
  • Victorian England to the present

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.

This course is ideal for students with little to no experience with archery.

Length: 4-class course, 3 hours per session

Cost: $199 + Tax

Get Started with Archery

If an event is closed, or if it shows no spaces available, email info@academieduello.com or give the front desk a call at 604-568-9907 and we’ll see if we can fit you in!

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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.

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.

Clubs & Bells

No prior experience is required to join into our Kettlebells and Indian Clubs fitness program. An amazing way to build core strength, mobility, and power.

To sign up, drop by in person or contact our front desk by emailing info@academieduello.com or call us at 604-568-9907 during business hours. For course times check our schedule here.