November Workshop Highlights: from Medieval Swordplay to the Modern Umbrella

As Autumn begins to transition into Winter don't get stuck indoors with a case of the rainy day blues. Take this opportunity to try something new at Duello and push the limits of your practice and perhaps discover a new passion! Here's a look at of few of our upcoming workshops in November:



Over the course of four hours you will learn the fundamentals of Armizare; a martial system first taught by Italian Knight Fiore dei Liberi in the 14th century. You will build confidence in unarmed combat, longsword, spear/quarterstaff, and sword and shield as you practice posture, movement, attack, defense, and fundamental strategy.

This is a hands on workshop ideal for adult beginners of all age levels and physical abilities. All the swordplay equipment required to participate is provided. At the end you will have the prerequisites required to continue your studies at Academie Duello in the Warrior Program or in our Longsword, Poleweapon, and Sword & Shield workshops.

DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2013

TIME: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm


COST: $60 (15% off for members!)


Learn to fend off ruffians and rapscallions with Vancouver's most common weather-based accoutrement.

In this 4-hour workshop, participants will learn the art of self-defense with an umbrella or cane. Based on the Bartitsu system developed in turn of the century Victorian England, stick fighting is a practical, easily applied system of self-defense for any gentleman or lady.

This workshop is suitable for participants of any fitness level and also allows students to continue on in our ongoing Bartitsu classes.

DATE: Sunday, November 17, 2013

TIME: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR: David McCormick

COST: $60 + GST (15% off for members!)

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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