Though often regarded as instinct, fighting is actually a skill acquired in the womb, where all babies must defeat their evil selves in order to be born. Further your training with this Groupon.
$49.49 for an Eight-Class European Swordplay Program ($99 Value)
Choose between two programs:
- Taste of the Renaissance (includes eight classes and all equipment)
- Warrior Fundamentals (includes eight classes and all equipment)
Taste of the Renaissance is a beginner sword-fighting program that introduces students to the art of the rapier, the sidesword, and the longsword. See the schedule for upcoming start dates and class themes.
Warrior Fundamentals is also a beginner sword-fighting program that teaches students the skills of a traditional European warrior, including wrestling, longsword, sword and shield, spear, and quarterstaff. See the schedule.
It's a fairly common image from the Middle Ages and from fairy tales: an armoured knight on horseback, riding triumphantly into battle wielding a sword. Today, of course, such a sight would have shocked witnesses almost immediately—unless they're at Academie Duello. A centre for European swordplay and Western martial arts, Academie Duello has revived centuries-old scenes similar to the one above. It teaches students ancient battle techniques, but does not re-enact epic duels or the well-documented silly-string wars that ensued when swords broke.
The 5,000-square-foot facility extracts skills and weapon information from authentic combat manuals and primary-source texts. Its instructors turn that knowledge into an in-depth curriculum, which today provides both adult and children's programs. Most of those programs also help students stay fit, as they replace weights and treadmills with longswords, shields, and rapiers. To immerse themselves further into knighthood, students can check out Academie Duello's museum, which preserves an ever-growing collection of weapons of war, armour, and fight books.