Ottawa Swordplay

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1000 Brookfield Road, Ottawa, ON K1V 6J1 1000 Brookfield Road, Ottawa Directions
+16137959561
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Report | 2 years ago
A great time for the whole family! Well worth the time and money. Really enjoyed Craig's teaching.
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Craig is pretty awesome, he teaches very well, is very passionate about swords.
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Report | 2 years ago
My kids (11 & 13 ) love the stories about Arthur, Merlin and he knights of the round table . It's great way to introduce them to this sport. They learned quite a bit with only 1 lesson!
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Hadn't heard of business till I saw Groupon.
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It was a good experience, the instructor was very knowledgeable, and we had a lot of fun.
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Report | 2 years ago
Great fun, very interesting and enjoyable!
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Report | 3 years ago
Craig is a really good teacher and my son is really excited about going back!
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Report | 3 years ago
Had a lot of fun and really good instruction. Looking forward to the next class.
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Report | 3 years ago
Very friendly. Cool sport!
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Report | 3 years ago
my daughter & her friend loved it & would go back!
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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.

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