“Your Mother Was A Hamster and Your Father Smelled of Elderberries!” How to Start a Longsword Fight.

As western martial artists we have accumulated numerous hours and days practising and training in our art.  We practice solo drills involving cuts, thrusts, parries and lunges while looking into the mirror as we go over proper body mechanics and postures. We also pair up and practice structured martial drills with each other, working out problems and kinks we find while applying the techniques we have studied and learned. We know how to stand, we know how to move, and we know how to attack and defend. So, the next question is: how do we start an actual combative fight?


On Saturday February 7th, Academie Duello will be hosting a 4-hour longsword workshop on how to start a fight! When we spar or enter into combat nothing is scripted or choreographed–you are acting and reacting in the moment. So, how do you narrow down your and your opponent’s options and make the fight more predictable?

In this workshop students will learn:
  • How to provoke a predictable defense
  • How to invite a predictable attack
  • How to constrain your opponent’s position, and force them to move in a way that is advantageous to you
So, instead of provoking your opponent with Monty Python insults or offensive gestures, why don’t you join us and learn how to really start a longsword fight.

Registration Details

DATE:   Saturday, February 07, 2015

TIME:   3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

PRICE:   $60.00

LOCATION:   Academie Duello Map and Directions

PREREQUISITES:   Academie Duello Longsword Level 1 (or similar equivalent from another school or instructor)

You can sign-up online, give us a call at 604-568-9907, or come visit us at our convenient location in downtown Vancouver at 412 West Hastings Street.

devonboorman 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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