Guest Instructor: Sean Hayes!

Hello folks, 

Exciting news today! We have what a special guest instructor from the WMA community coming to town. 

Sean Hayes is Maestro D'Armi of the Northwest Fencing Academy in Eugene, OR. Maestro Hayes' school focuses on Armizare, the martial art practiced by Italy's knightly class and draws his teaching from the Fiore de' Liberi (read more here). 

At Academie Duello we have been trying to reach out to the greater WMA community and foster some cross-talk. The 2011 Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium (VISS) was our (very successful!) first attempt at this. Sean was an instructor at that event but his teaching load was relatively light and I know that many attendees (myself included) was not able to benefit fully from his expertise. This made him an ideal choice to bring to Vancouver. 

Over 2, 3 & 4 December Sean will be covering several topics across the Armizare school:

  • Developing Solo Drills for Armizare
  • Abrazare, dagger and longsword
  • Longsword body mechanics

Read more about about Sean's workshops, get times, pricing (discount for doing all 3!) and sign up at the Academie Duello workshopspage. Space is limited so sign up early!


I'm excited.

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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