Beginner Programs


Longsword

Longsword Fundamentals will get you out of the house, get your body moving, and connect you with your inner medieval warrior.

Based on the solo training programs of medieval warriors, you’ll learn how to move and flow with a medieval two-handed sword through guards, attacks, defenses, and combinations all while keeping a covid-safe distance.

  • Develop grace, power, and agility through solo flow, cuts, thrusts, attacking, and movement exercises.

  • Focus on coordination, core strength, upper body strength, stamina and foundational skills for effective longsword combat.

  • Ground yourself in medieval combat skills through solo drills in a small class environment.

The program consists of eight 1-hour classes that will take you from beginner to competent solo practitioner with our expert guidance. At the end you’ll have the skills to continue into our level 1 martial programs (online or in-person once restrictions for partnered activities lift) or continue your own journey and practice at home.

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

Ages: 14+

Not ready for the full 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.

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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.

Archery

This course includes four 2 hour classes of instruction where students will learn the fundamentals of how to shoot the modern takedown recurve bow, the English longbow, and the Asiatic composite bow. Each class will have a focus on learning range safety and etiquette, the history of archery, as well as the operation and care of various bows.

Beginners welcome! No familiarity or previous experience is required; bows and arrows will be provided for all students.

This class is a prerequisite for entry in ongoing Archery Mastery classes.

Length: 4-class course, 120 minutes per session
Cost: $159 + tax

Ages: 14+

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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.

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

Ages: 14+

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.

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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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Free Demo Class

Come to our Free Demo Class on August 13th 6pm-8pm

We invite anybody who is curious to see what our martial art is all about to join in on a Free Demo Class that will cover Longsword & Rapier at (6-7pm) and Archery (7-8pm). Come check out one or both! 

If you have any friends or family who might be intrigued by medieval martial arts, let them know they have a chance to try it out for free and with no commitment! 

Location:  412 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

Please try to arrive 5 to 10 min before class to sign safety waivers

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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 Cavallo’s Equestrian Programs.

For more details about the programs and to book your courses go to: www.academiecavallo.ca

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 

Class Sizes

We are limiting available spaces in any given class or booking to 20 people, and scheduling no more than two classes or bookings in the studio at once. 

Safety Procedures

Academie Duello takes regular measures to ensure that our indoor training facility remains a safe place for people to socialize and practice.  The following amenities are provided and procedures followed:

  • Hand sanitizers and equipment disinfectant sprays are located throughout the school for staff and student use.
  • We are currently omitting the instruction of any close body to body techniques in our curriculum, such as grappling.
  • Staff members and instructors who are not feeling well are required to fully recover and receive a negative COVID-19 test before returning to work.
  • All loaner equipment is sanitized after each use.
  • Surfaces and furniture throughout the studio are regularly sanitized.
  • An outside air-intake and filtration system is in use at all times during open hours.
  • For the safety of students and staff, the wearing of masks is highly recommended for all unvaccinated individuals. 

 

What We Expect of Our Students

  • We strongly recommend that all students wear masks while inside the Academie Duello facility, until 14 days after receiving their second dose.
  • We ask that students sanitize their equipment after class or activities.
  • Please salute or use other types of distanced acknowledgements in place of hand-shaking after exercises or sparring.
  • We recognize that risk tolerance and comfort levels vary between members, so we encourage everyone to be compassionate and respectful toward the choices and needs of other students in their classes.
  • If students are not feeling well, we require that they do not come to class until they are symptom free. If they have had a potential COVID-19 exposure we require a negative COVID-19 test before their return.
  • 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 be isolated from Duello activities for at least 14 days.
    • If they start to develop symptoms within 14 days of 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.
      • Arrange for a COVID-19 test at a nearby testing centre.
      • Wait for the result and follow health provider instructions before leaving isolation.

These policies were developed based on WorkSafe BC and BC Health guidelines and may need to be updated without notice based on the changing situation of the pandemic. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you would like to look at the provincial guidelines you can find them here.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback, please don’t hesitate to email info@academieduello.com