A Great Canada Day Weekend of Swordplay and Fun

(Photo from 24 Hours cover – Carmine Marinelli) The last few days have been a whirlwind for Academie Duello. Here are a few things you may have missed! Vancouver Courier Article We were in the Vancouver courier last week in an article about Knight Camp and other cool summer camps going on in Vancouver. Be…

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

September 27th – 29th is Tourney Time! Yes, planning is in the works for our Annual Knightly Games Tournament!  This year we’re making a full weekend of it by adding another iteration of the popular Mounted Archery Workshop, and including a day of riding, mounted combat, and games practice beforehand. Friday 27 September Workshops, Lessons,…

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Borealis Swordplay Symposium and Tournament Report

(photo taken by Penny Higgins) I returned home this past Monday from the excellent Borealis Swordplay Symposium in Ottawa which was hosted by Jason Smith and crew of Ottawa’s Les Maitres d’Armes. The event was two days long with day one focusing on 2-hour workshops and some room for free fencing, and day two focusing…

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A Cool New Addition to the Duello Library

This Monday, Academie Duello was the proud recipient of one of 100 new reproductions of the I.33 Fechtbuch produced by Extraordinary Editions in cooperation with the Royal Armouries of the United Kingdom. I.33 is a very important manuscript as it is the earliest surviving European sword fighting manual, most likely dating to sometime in the…

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Real & Re-Created Historical Sword Press

One might think after watching Our peers file, buff, wax and polish their blades after an evening of training, that our swords were delicate and gossamer twigs capable of dissolving into mist if not cared for and fussed over daily.  But history consistently proves that swords survive battle, weather, submersion, burial and the passage of…

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More of the Same Sword Press

Separated as we are by provincial (or state) and international borders, oceans and sometimes … continents; it’s heartening to know that wherever you travel, you should be able to find other WMA/HEMA enthusiasts.  If you plan to visit someplace new, get onto the net and do a bit of research beforehand to see if there’s…

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Beginner’s Courses: April Cycle

Our next round of Beginner’s Courses are starting soon! Shake off that lingering winter chill and greet Spring with a sword in hand! Both our Beginner’s Courses, Taste of the Renaissance and Warrior Fundamentals, are 8-classes long and can be taken twice a week  for one month or once a week on Saturdays for two…

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Trailer Ricochet: Dead Man Down

Another episode of our stage combat feature: action movie trailers. What we’re looking forward to and why. You may have noticed the text in there: From the Director of the Original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. That’s what we’re going to talk about today: Niels Arden Oplev. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)…

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Scottish Symbols Sword Press

Scotsmen and Scottish swords dominate todays’ offering – if this had happened in the early 16th century, would have meant that something had gone terribly wrong along the Scottish Marches!  But in modern context, the items do demonstrate that the modern Gael is still connected to his past and traditions – and swords (and sword…

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