Knight Academie

UPDATE: Our spring term is full! Never fear, registration will reopen soon for our fall term beginning this September 2021. To receive important updates and our youth program newsletter, “The Knightly News”, please join our email list, here.


In our premier youth program, Knight Academie, students will train to become fully fledged knights versed in the Historical Martial Arts of Europe, learning and practicing longsword, sword & shield, polearms, archery, and the Knightly Virtues, such as Integrity, Mercy, and Courage

Students in Knight Academie follow the same rank progression as participants in Academie Duello’s Knight Camps, from Paggio (Page) to Cavalieri Su Veglia (Knight on Vigil), on their path to knighthood.


This 8-week session includes:

– 8 hours of weapons classes, including lessons on longsword, sword & shield, and polearms

– 8 hours of archery classes, fun for beginners and experienced shooters alike!

– Knightly Virtue lessons and practice

– Take-away exercises for improving skills at home between classes

– Lots of sparring practice and tournaments, for those who love them

– A Grand Tournament at the end of the 8 weeks, parents invited!

– Progressive rankings with Knightly Trials to accomplish on the path to knighthood

– Free bonus 30 minutes of practice time after each class to get extra help, more sparring, and to complete Knightly Trials


Ages: 8 to 14


Price: $480 + tax

(Monthly payment plans are available, please call 604-568-9907 or email to get one set up for you!)


Dates and Times:

May 4 – June 24  – Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4pm – 5pm

May 6 – June 26  – Saturdays (2 classes together) from 10:30am – 12:30pm

Registration for spring is now closed. In June, it will reopen for our September 2021 fall trimester. 

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What precautions are you taking to make your classes COVID-safe?

To maintain social distancing, we are limiting enrolments in Knight Academie to 10 students per class. This restriction designates more than double the space per student than is required by the provincial guideline. 


We are also practicing and monitoring mask-wearing, hand & equipment sanitizing, health checks, and modified lesson exercises that minimize intensity of contact between students. Fortunately, swords have social distancing built-in, and we will not be teaching any techniques that require close or body-to-body contact. Please visit our website to see our full COVID-safety protocol.

  1. Do I need to buy extra gear for my child?

Your child will need some basic protective gear, but you don’t need to spend a bunch of money! The necessary pieces are reasonably priced and available at stores such as SportChek, Walmart, and Canadian Tire. There are also three fabulous used equipment shops in Vancouver: North Shore Sports Swap, Sports Junkies, and Cheapskates. While we have some spare gear for use during class, we can’t guarantee enough supply for everyone, or that what is available will fit your child perfectly. Fencing masks, swords, and archery equipment are provided by the school and sterilized after each use.  


Required Gear:

  • Groin protection (Jock or Jill strap)
  • Rigid plastic elbow and knee pads 
  • Shoulder and shin guards are recommended, but not required
  • Padded gloves, such as hockey or lacrosse gloves


  1. How easy is it to get to Academie Duello?

For transit users, we are very close to Skytrain, West Coast Express, and Seabus, with many families walking, biking or scootering over from Waterfront station (less than 2 blocks away). Conversely, with our curbside drop off and pick up at our front front door, commuting by car is far easier than you might expect.


  1. Is this program only for boys? Will there be any girls in class?

In our programs, girls are not a minority and are as excited and capable as boys! Approximately half of our students and instructors are female. All genders, gender identities, and gender expressions are welcome and represented. 


  1. How do you practice martial arts safely?

We use martial arts to teach fair play, discipline, and respect for self and others. Many kids play with swords at home and our classes teach them to do that in an inherently safe, considerate, and regardful way. Minimizing injury risk is a top priority for us, so we have designed courses and protective gear requirements such that our classes are very safe, with all activities supervised by a professional instructor. The fundamental emphasis in Knight Academie is on care, compassion, and virtue.


  1. What if my child is really shy?

That’s ok! We welcome all types of kids and have had many of them start out very shy and unsure. Some have been almost too afraid to step through the door at first, but they have all ended up having an absolute blast in our classes! If you’re concerned about your child feeling shy or fearful, we invite you to call the front desk (604.568.9907) to arrange a tour to help your kid feel comfortable in our space. We do this for families quite often and it really helps kids to see how welcoming the school is. Once they get inside, their shyness is less of an issue as they become enthralled at the sight of all the cool stuff that they’re going to get to use in class! 


  1. What if we have to miss a class?

Pending space and availability, your child can catch up by attending another class. Call the front desk to arrange. (604) 568-9907


  1. What if my kid doesn’t like sparring?

Knight Academie isn’t just about sparring. Classes include archery, exciting stories about history, cool knightly virtue activities, and games. We approach sparring in creative ways, including games like Sword Tag and Dodge & Jump which emphasize fun, physical skills, and free movement. With different levels of sparring participation, kids who love it can do lots, and kids who are not as comfortable with it can do less.


  1. Will this be too easy/hard for my child to learn?

Each class will have beginner as well as intermediate level instruction so that no matter their experience level your child will always have fun and appropriately challenging activities.