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What then is chivalry? So strong a thing, and of such hardihood, and so costly in the learning, that a wicked man or low dare not undertake it… Whoso would enjoy high honor first must suitably display that he has been well-schooled in such arts…” – The Biography of Sir William Marshall

Intro to the Knightly Arts

Saturday, November 26, 2011 3pm-7pm

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.

Instructor: Greg Reimer

$60 (15% off for members)


Peter’s motto was, “We’re not making fantasy movies, these are historical epics set in Middle Earth.” That was a major inspiration for me. The danger with fantasy is that you can get lazy. “We’re making it all up, so who’s to say *this* can’t happen?” I wanted the discipline of knowing exactly what was right for each character, down to the finest detail. Which elements of 15th century German longsword fencing will work for the Gondorian style? Can an Orc straighten its arms? Can Elves hear attacks they can’t see? How strong is an Uruk’s helmet? You wouldn’t believe some of the questions that we had to answer.” – Tony Wolf, on being the ‘Cultural Fighting Styles Designer’ for The Lord of the Rings

Intro to Stage Combat

Sunday, November 27, 2011 2pm-6pm

In this intensive 4-hour workshop, we’ll cover the basics of stage combat, including:




Push and fall

Sword parries and footwork

Sword thrusts and cuts

Playing wounds

Anyone who performs fights for entertainment needs to know these essentials, whether you’re acting in plays or film, or performing fight demonstrations. It is also a prerequisite to starting the Basic Stage Combat Program.

Instructor: David McCormick

Cost: $60 + HST (15% off for members!) 

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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