Ottawa Swordplay

Billings Bridge - Alta Vista

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

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Promotional value expires Aug 7, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required for private lessons. Limit one beginner program per student. 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

$25 for an introduction-to-swordplay package for one (a $53 value)

  • Two private solo lessons
  • Three-class punch card
  • T-shirt<p>

$39 for an introduction-to-swordplay package for two (an $88.50 value)

  • Two private couple lessons
  • Two three-class punch cards
  • Two T-shirts<p>

$69 for an introduction-to-swordplay package for four (a $168.14 value)

  • Three private group lessons
  • Four three-class punch cards
  • Four T-shirts<p>

Classes take place Monday through 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. Check out the schedule here.<p>

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.

Customer Reviews

Craig (the instructor) is a super friendly and knowledgeable person!! Loved learning a bit of this traditional art from him!!
Katherine G. · November 25, 2015
Interesting and fun to learn for all ages
Jennie M. · November 23, 2015
A great time for the whole family! Well worth the time and money. Really enjoyed Craig's teaching.
Derek G. · September 5, 2013
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    Billings Bridge - Alta Vista

    1000 Brookfield Rd.

    Ottawa, Ontario K1V 6J1

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