Academie Duello

412 W Hastings St., Vancouver

C$89 for Eight European-Swordplay Classes at Academie Duello (C$159 Value)

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Transform into a Renaissance-era knight during programs that focus on skills of European swordplay, Western martial arts, and sword fighting

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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
October 16, 2019
That’s great and wonderful classes
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October 4, 2019
Great experience. Would recommend!
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August 13, 2019
Nice experience. Friendly staff. Only inconvenience is Groupon doesn’t cover tax and you can’t pay online.
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June 3, 2019
Program itself was okay but not having the same instructor was a bummer (I had 3 different instructors in 8 classes). We would jump from one skill to another everytime we had a new instructor not being fully aware of where we ended last time, what type of skillet we learned last, etc. Agaim this is the reason why I am hesitant to continue the program right
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June 1, 2019
Mentally and physically stimulating. Great structured instruction with solid technique and concepts. Welcoming atmosphere. Fun time, will definitely be back!
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March 29, 2019
Had a great time. Classes were a lot of fun and learnt a lot
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March 17, 2019
Excellent instructors and a really enjoyable experience
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February 6, 2019
The instructors were caring and made the class so much fun. I hope the open one in Richmond.
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About This Deal

The Deal

  • C$89 for an One European-Swordplay Course - 8 Classes (C$159value)

Choose between two programs:

  • Rapier Fundamentals (includes eight classes and all equipment)
  • Longsword Fundamentals (includes eight classes and all equipment)

Rapier Fundamentals is a beginner sword-fighting program that introduces students to the art of the rapier, the sidesword, and the longsword.

Longsword Fundamentals is also a beginner sword-fighting program that teaches students the skills of a traditional European warrior, including wrestling, two handed longsword, two handed sword and shield, spear, and quarterstaff.

See the schedule for upcoming start dates.

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About Academie Duello

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 helps 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.