Swordplay Symposium Early Registration

The Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is taking place March 6th to 8th, 2020 and this year’s theme is our most exciting yet: East Meets West! We’re bringing together the martial arts traditions of countries from across the globe in the spirit of collaboration and learning. This year we have 10 intensives in 5 paired tracks…

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SERFO 2019 Event Report

Last week I was an instructor and director (referee) at the South East Renaissance Fencing Open (SERFO) in Atlanta, Georgia. This excellent event was put on by Keith Cotter-Reilly of the Atlanta Freifechters and David Coblentz of Decatur School of Arms and their respective crews. This is definitely one of the smoother and more professionally…

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WMAW Event Report 2019

This past weekend was the 20th Anniversary of the Western Martial Arts Workshop hosted by the Chicago Swordplay Guild at the lovely Dekoven Center on the shores of Lake Michigan. I have had the opportunity to be teaching at this event for the past 10 years and it is always one of my favorite events…

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Lord Baltimore’s Challenge Event Report 2019

At the beginning of July I had the pleasure of once again being a Ring Director, Judge, and Instructor at Lord Baltimore’s Challenge in Washington, DC. This event aims to be a meeting of Historical European Martial Arts practitioners from HEMA clubs and from historical re-enactment backgrounds (primarily the Society for Creative Anachronism). The focus…

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Winnipeg Event Report: Only a Flesh Wound

A week ago I had the distinct pleasure to be part of Winnipeg’s first international tournament and workshop event, enjoyably titled: It’s Only A Flesh Wound! This event was hosted by Valour Historical European Martial Arts Academy headed by Chad McFarland with support from Winnipeg’s two other HEMA groups, Winnipeg Broadsword (Jay Maas) and Winnipeg…

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Symposium Wrap-up

Well it’s been nearly a month since the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium (VISS) took place at the Richmond Oval and I’m finally free to write a bit about what happened and how it went! This was our fifth bi-annual event and each time it comes around it provides new adventures and opportunities for both its…

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Capitol Clash Event Report 2019

Three members of the Academie Duello crew and I visited the February 8-10 Capitol Clash in Washington, DC. This is a well run HEMA tournament event that runs alongside a huge modern fencing tournament all hosted by the Virginia Academy of Fencing (VAF). I had the pleasure of being part of the reffing staff, a…

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Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium 2019

Registration for the fifth Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium (VISS) is now open! The event, which takes place from April 5th to 7th, is a conference focused around intensive three-day programs with an aim to help people along the path of mastery in the many disciplines of Historical European Martial Arts. This year the theme is This…

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Event Report: Lord Baltimore’s Challenge

I had the pleasure this past weekend of being a judge, ring director, and instructor at Lord Baltimore’s Challenge in Washington, DC, an event put on by David Biggs and a large crew of people from diverse groups such as Maryland KDF, Virginia Academy of Fencing, and the DC-area SCA chapters. David’s goals with the…

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Event Report: Vancouver Martial Challenge 2018

On the weekend of June 1st, 2018, Academie Duello hosted our third annual Vancouver Martial Challenge. This is a weekend focused on the joy of sparring in a relaxed and collaborative environment. Each day all of the participants endeavour to spar with one another (in a diversity of disciplines) and at the end of each day…

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Merry Christmas from Academie Duello

It’s only Christmas Day and we’re already missing swordplay! We hope you’re having a wonderful time with your families in whatever holiday traditions you celebrate. It’s been a special year at Academie Duello from our fourth (and largest!) Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium in the Spring to our fourth Carosella Mounted Combat symposium in the Fall!…

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WMAW 2017 Event Report

So this past weekend I attended the bi-annual Western Martial Arts Workshop in Racine, Wisconsin. Hosted by the Chicago Swordplay Guild, this is one of North America’s oldest European swordplay and martial arts events. The weekend features workshops, social activities, a feast, and copious amounts of free sparring and sharing between attendees. It’s also held…

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