Transform into a Renaissance-era knight during programs that focus on skills of European swordplay, Western martial arts, and sword fighting
About This 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.
Need To Know
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 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.