Ottawa Classical Swordplay

43 Sims Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3J9 43 Sims Avenue, Ottawa Directions
+16137959561
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Great advertising opportunity! I hadn't heard of the business but have always wanted to learn European martial arts.
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Both my sons really, really enjoyed it and will definitely be going back.
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Craig is an excellent instructor. He ensures a safe environment while keeping the experience light and enjoyable. He knows his subject matter extremely well, though he isn't afraid to admit when he doesn't know the answer. I'll definitely go back!
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Very fun, great service!
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Excellent instruction, and a wonderful experience overall. I will be returning for more sessions.
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Very organized, something different and so far enjoyable.
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Lots of fun. Thanks
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Such a fun activity- the instructor really knows what he's talking about. I can't wait for my next lesson!
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It is a wonderful class, well structured and a great teacher.
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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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