Workshops In May

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally." - Oscar Wilde

Intro to Bartitsu

Saturday, May 26, 2012 1pm-5pm

Learn the mixed martial art of the Victorian English Gentleman. In this four-hour workshop, you'll acquire the essential Bartitsu skills of Boxing, Jujitsu, Savate and Cane fighting:

- the basic punches of scientific boxing and the first defensive moves of pugilism

- the first throw from jujitsu and how to land without hurting yourself when thrown

- the foundations of walking stick self-defence, and the essential kicks of savate

This Introduction to Bartitsu is a pre-requisite for the ongoing Bartitsu class. We want all newcomers to the weekly class to have some familiarity with the core techniques, and to get some practice in an easy environment where all of the students are learning the skills together.

So, whether you're interested in studying Bartitsu on an ongoing basis, or if you just want to learn the essential elements, the Introduction to Bartitsu covers the fundamentals. Fun and self-defense without getting your spats dirty!

Instructor: David McCormick

$60 (15%off for members)

"If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet." -Niels Bohr

Rapier: Body Mechanics

Sunday, May 27, 2012 9am-3pm

Whether you are brand new to the art of the rapier desiring to set down the best foundation, or an experienced practitioner wanting to cultivate greater speed, agility, strength and endurance, this workshop will help you accel.

This session will help you build a stable base, efficient movement, strong alignment of joints and muscle groups, and an understanding of the hows and why's of rapier technique.

Come prepared for a good workout both mentally and physically. Ideal for practitioners of the rapier of any school.

The workshop will conclude with an opportunity to test your mechanics and performance in a sharp weapons exercise (against various targets – all inanimate). A lot of fun and a real eye-opener to the power of the rapier as a thrusting and cutting weapon.

Required: Comfortable workout gear.

Recommended: Rapier and gloves.

Optional: Bring your own sharp swords for cutting practice (all sharps brought by students will first be assessed for use by the instructors).

A limited amount of loaner equipment is available. Please contact our office to reserve.

Instructor: Clint Fernandes

Cost: $90 + HST (15% off for members)


Having joined Academie Duello in 2004, Clinton achieved his Provost rank in August of 2015. He's been teaching since 2008. Clinton's expertise centers around Italian rapier, longsword and sidesword.
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