Academie Duello Instructors
Mounted Combat Program Head
Jennifer has been riding since before she could walk, and her first complete sentence was “I want a horse.” In high school she and her best friend used to fence with riding crops, so in retrospect it is inevitable she would end up finding a way to combine swords and horses in her life. She holds an honours BA in Medieval English Literature, and a certificate of Childbirth Education. She has worked as a writer, editor, artist, doula and prenatal instructor, as well as guitarist and lead singer for Stiff Bunnies and an assortment of other rock bands (to which she may or may not confess).
Bootcamp program head
Jon Mills has been lifting kettlebells for 7 years and in that time has trained with some of the world’s top instructors, primarily under Dave Hedges of Wild Geese Martial Arts in Dublin. He joined Academie Duello as a student in 2014 on his second day in Canada and has been hooked every since. In January 2016 Jon started the bootcamp program, an early morning conditioning program for those looking to improve their fitness. With Provost Cooper he teaches Academie Duello’s Clubs and Bells program
Jon is a level 1 IKKF Certified Kettlebell Teacher, barbell lifter, rapier student and lifelong martial artist dedicated to helping people be the best athlete that they can be.
Sylvie La Riviere
Stage & Screen Program Head
Sylvie La Riviere has been training in Stage Combat for over seven years through Academie Duello and the Academy of Fight Directors Canada. Through the Nationals and Worlds stage fighting conferences, she has trained under some of the top instructors of stage combat and worked alongside the most passionate people she has ever met.
Sylvie has her Advanced certification with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada, and is also a certified member of the Society of Australian Fight Directors, the Society of American Fight Directors, the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, and the Nordic Stage Fight Society. She teaches classes and workshops, as well as choreographing fight scenes for the stage and screen.