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Intro to Swordplay Workshop for One or Two, or a Party Package for Up to Eight at Ottawa Swordplay (Up to 58% Off)

Ottawa Swordplay

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In a Nutshell

Research-based classes teach from manuscripts that date back to 1325; students practice with longswords and other weapons

The Fine Print

Expires 360 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Must be 12 or older for swordplay workshop; no age limit for parties. Additional students may be added to party package for $10 each. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Three Options

  • $15 for an Introduction to Swordplay workshop for one (a $30 value)
  • $25 for an Introduction to Swordplay workshop for two (a $60 value)
  • $45 for a one-hour party package for up to eight people (a $90 value)

Classes take place Monday–Saturday, and Ottawa Swordplay's instructors supply most of the required equipment. All students should bring comfortable clothes, and men should bring their own groin protection.

Ottawa Swordplay

Europe's Medieval and Renaissance eras were periods in which knights developed sophisticated systems for swordplay, martial arts, and looking really, really cool. Ottawa Swordplay's founder Craig Shackleton, who holds a degree in classical history, and his fellow instructor John Enzinas teach adults and kids to recreate the swordplay of these eras. They ground their curriculum in the research of Johannes Liechtenauer—who the instructors say unified the fighting arts of his time—and teachings from manuscripts that were compiled as far back as 1325.

After research sessions and discussions on sword theory, the instructors lead their students into a padded practice area for hands-on classes. They teach beginners how to grab hold of longswords—a two-handed weapon—and engage in unarmoured combat. Instructors Shackleton and Enzinas can also teach how to adapt these techniques to more advanced weapons, such as a German rapier, a single-handed weapon knights used while texting.


97% of 38 customers recommend

  • “Ottawa Swordplay is a great school. The classes are both fun and instructive. Craig is a great teacher and his classes are great value for your money.”

  • “We enjoyed a great birthday party with 11 boys ages 11-14 -- everyone was totally engaged and active the whole time and we left with a bunch of sweaty kids!”

  • “This was great fun. The instructor was very knowledgeable and patient. ”

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    Ottawa Swordplay

    1000 Brookfield Road

    Ottawa, ON K1V 6J1


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