Vikings: An interview with archaeologist Stephen Fox

Whenever a new historical drama breaks we tend to question its historical authenticity, and that’s a good thing. However even with a critical eye unfortunately we invariably end up internalising something of the narrative and this can have lasting consequences for our understanding of history. Anyone in historical martial arts can relate to this, whether…

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Horseback Archery at Red Colt this Sunday

The ever-popular Horseback Archery returns to Red Colt this Sunday, July 26th.  We have two workshops with Robert Borsos of Borsos Torzs Horse Archery this weekend.  These workshops are loads of fun, and won’t return until Carosella.  Don’t miss out — sign up today! Beginner Horseback Archery Whether you are an expert rider or archer,…

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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies–Martial Mistakes Movies Make

Everyone is buzzing about the release of the third installment of the Hobbit movie trilogy, set to premiere here in Canada on December 17th.  The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies is bound to be filled with all of the amazing special effects, big battles, and action that Peter Jackson is famous for. Even though Jackson’s Hobbit…

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Start at the Beginning: April Courses at Academie Duello

Our next round of Beginner’s Courses are just around the corner! Celebrate the start of Spring by swinging swords and pulling punches. We offer three different courses which cover different avenues of Western Martial Arts: Fight Like Sherlock Holmes Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many interlocking skills. Our four-week Fight Like Sherlock Holmes course…

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Rank Exam Results, NerdFest, Archery, and Mounted Combat!

This past weekend members were inducted into new ranks in the Academie, we indulged in Nerdy goodness at Nerdfest at the Rickshaw Theatre, and whole crews of new people tried Archery and Mounted combat for the first time. Rank Exams Congratulations to Rick, Dieter, and Steve on completing their rank examination for the second rank…

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Multi-Format Tournament Day Announcement: After-Party at Yagger’s on Saturday June 23rd!

Greetings, Duelists! I bet everyone is getting pretty excited for the Multi-Format Tournament coming up this Saturday, June 23rd – Sunday June 24th. I know I’m going to be there–I love watching a good longsword tournament, and I’ve seen relatively little sidesword sparring at full-speed, so this weekend’s starting to look like quite a treat.…

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Def’n: Robin Hood

Rob’n Hood (verb): to shoot an arrow directly into another arrow that you previously shot.   Pictured is one of our Archery apprentice instructors, Aaron, proudly giving us a pictorial example; nice work!  

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Guest Archery post

Our Archery program formally launched in February of this year and has been cruising steadily along with high popularity (for those wondering we’re aiming – Hah! – to add a second class in September).   Today’s post is brought to you courtesy of the Head of the Archery Program, Patricia Gonsalves. She recently returned from…

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Archery’s new home at Academie Duello

Our ongoing archery class is launching this Sunday (5 February)!   Class runs from 5:30 – 7:30 at Academie Duello (412 W Hastings St.).   Archery is a 1.0 credit class, just like SwordFit, Mastery, Stage Combat, and Bartitsu. To join the archery class you must have completed our Intro to Archery workshop.   Space is…

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