Beginners' Courses July 2015

Just like the sun, we are coming back with our beginner's courses! Enjoy your summer with three different ways to approach to Western Martial Arts.

Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many interlocking skills and is still very useful for learning practical self-defence today. Its introductory course, Fight Like Sherlock Holmes, runs once a week for four weeks.

Fight Like Sherlock Holmes

Our four-week Fight Like Sherlock Holmes course gives students an in-depth introduction into the fundamentals of this Victorian mixed martial art. The curriculum focuses on one subject each week, integrating them together as the course progresses:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Jujitsu
  • Week 2: Introduction to Pugilism
  • Week 3: Introduction to Savate
  • Week 4: Introduction to Walking Stick

Starting at the beginning of every month, Fight Like Sherlock Holmes classes run Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, and Saturdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at our downtown Vancouver location. The next round of weekday classes start on Monday July 6th and Wednesday  July 8thThe next Saturday run will begin on Saturday July 11th.

To read more and see the weekly schedule breakdown, click here.

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Our two swordplay-related Beginners' Courses, Taste of the Renaissance and Warrior Fundamentals, are 8 classes long and can be taken twice during the week over one month. Alternately, you have the choice of completing the course in two months by attending on Saturdays only.

Taste of the Renaissance

Taste of the Renaissance is our introduction to the Weapons Mastery Program with rapier, sidesword, and longsword. As a student in this course you will:

  • Learn the fun and exciting arts of the rapier and longsword
  • Enjoy an engaging workout that’s good for all fitness levels
  • Get a taste of Renaissance history through its martial arts
  • Learn in a safe and open environment for beginners

Classes at our downtown Vancouver location run Monday and Friday at 12:00pm, Monday and Wednesday at 7:00pm,  Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00pm  and  at 7:00pm. The next round of weekday classes start Monday July 6th and Tuesday July 7th. Saturday classes are partway through the cycle (students are on classes five through eight this month) so the next start date for the Saturday run of ToR will be August the 8th at 11:30 am.

Click here to register online now!

Want to know what you're getting into first? Sign up for a FREE TRIAL LESSON without any obligation!

Warrior Fundamentals

Warrior Fundamentals is our introduction to the Warrior Fitness Program with longsword, sidesword & shield, and spear. In this course, students can expect:

  • An invigorating workout combining swordplay and full body movement
  • Training in the fundamental skills of the traditional European warrior including wrestling, longsword, sword and shield, spear, and quarterstaff
  • Instruction in the basics of Armizare, a medieval Italian combat system designed to train knights for battle
  • An encouraging and supportive environment for learning new skills and meeting fitness goals

Classes at our downtown Vancouver location run Monday and Wednesday at 6:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00pm and at 6:30pm. The next round of weekday classes start Monday July 6th and Tuesday July 7th.  Saturday run of the course will begin on Saturday, July 11th at 11:30 am.

Click here to register online now!

Want to know what you're getting into first? Sign up for a FREE TRIAL LESSON without any obligation!

Youth Swordplay Classes also available!

These courses are for students 15 years of age and older. For kids aged 8 to 14, we offer ongoing Youth Swordplay classes. Sign your child up now for a free trial lesson!


Gift Certificates for that special someone?

Looking for a unique and thoughtful gift? These courses are all available as Gift Certificates, and can be redeemed for any course in the future. Our online store is going through some updates right now, so please give us a call or visit us in person and we can help you out. We will even mail the item to that special person for you!

Call us at 604-568-9907 or drop by our downtown Vancouver location any time during business hours (Monday to Friday from noon to 8:00pm, Saturdays from 10am to 5:00pm and Sundays from noon to 5:00pm) to learn more about our school. You can also sign up for our online newsletter to receive workshop announcements and stay connected with what's happening at Academie Duello.

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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