This Week in HEMA Video - 360 Degrees of Awesome

Welcome to the first Historical European Martial Arts Video blog post on the Academie Duello blog! Our new weekly Monday post will feature awesome video content from our school and the broader community. Look forward to sparring videos, performances, great educational content, and more.

This Week In Sparring

To kick things off with a bang we're debuting a very cool video from inside Academie Duello. Three weeks ago Will Durocher of AxiomVR (a friend and Duello student) came in to the school with some very cool equipment. This equipment allowed us to shoot a 360-degree moving view of what we do at Duello. An array of cameras shot video in all directions (simultaneously) while a group of about forty Duello students demonstrated drills, fighting, and exercises either unarmed, or with longswords, sideswords, rapiers and polearms.

The 360-degree views in this video can be viewed simply on your home computer by grabbing the video image and dragging left and right to look around the school. Alternately, fire it up on the Youtube app of your smartphone for a VR experience. If you've got an Oculus Rift, you can view it in its full immersive glory, and we're jealous.

Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay [360° Video]

This Week on Duello.TV

Every week we post educational videos that cover everything we're teaching in our core programs. If you're a Duello member and you missed a class, catch up here. If you live somewhere else, this is your chance to study from home.

This week check out videos on:

  • Longsword - Exchanging the Thrust
  • Rapier - Receiving the Opponent
  • Sidesword - Fundamental Mechanics Needed for Assaults
  • Longsword - Giocco Stretto (Dealing with a point in your way)

Check out these videos and more here.


Devon Boorman is the Co-Founder and Director of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay, which has been active in Vancouver, Canada since 2004. Devon’s expertise centres on the Italian swordplay tradition including the arts of the Renaissance Italian rapier, sidesword, and longsword, as well as knife and unarmed techniques.
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