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Knight Camp (Academie Duello)

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412 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 1L1
Phone: 604-568-9907

1. Knight Camp readers: Receive 10% when you book a 2019 Knight Camp. Use promo code VANMOMKC2019.

Knight Camp, the winner of Georgia Straight’s “Best Children's Camp” award, is a five day adventure day-camp focused on the skills of knighthood - from the martial arts of the sword and shield, two-handed sword, and staff - to the practice of knightly virtues such as courage and integrity. Students at Knight Camp learn about history, leadership, heraldry, archery, medieval games and much more.

Camps run from 10am to 3:30pm Monday through Thursday, and 10am to 4pm on Friday, with before and after care available (8:30am for before care, 5pm for after care).

Each day begins with a warm-up and a discussion of Knightly Virtues. Students then learn a variety of the martial skills that the knights of old had to know: Wrestling, swordplay, and staff. During lunch, students learn and play a variety of medieval games. After lunch, students divide into groups for academic lessons on subjects ranging from heraldry to the history of the sword to armour-making, and more! The day wraps up with more martial arts lessons as well as sparring (controlled practice swordfights, with protective equipment) and the virtue circle, where the students and instructors nominate campers for their virtuous behaviour throughout the day.

Everyone uses properly weighted and balanced synthetic swords that give the authentic feel of the real thing – while staying safe and easy to manage. Students will also get the opportunity to interact with real swords and armour as well as create their own shield.

On Friday, all of the students show off their skills in a grand finale: a combination of tournament, heraldic display, and show of skill-at-arms capped off with the graduation of each student to the next rank. Parents, friends, and family are welcome to attend the finale!

2. Kids Birthday Parties

Give your child an unforgettable birthday or celebration! Transport your whole party back in time as they learn to the art of the rapier, longsword, quarterstaff, and all manner of knightly and renaissance skills. Our studio, which includes an interactive arms-and-armour museum, will provide a safe, exciting, and fun environment for kids and parents alike.

We offer three different packages so there’s something for everyone. Programs are available for kids aged 6 and up and parents are allowed to join in. We ask that the party package have a minimum of 8 children participating and a maximum of 16.

Please note that all birthday party packages are also available at an off-site location of your own arrangement (backyard, park, or school gym, for example). We still provide swords and lessons! Travel time of more than 1 hour (round trip) may result in additional costs.

3. Afterschool Youth Programs

Academie Duello also offers year round, weekly youth classes. All of Academie Duello’s youth classes involve a mix of academic learning and weapons based training. Classes start with a discussion on the months topic (armour, heraldry, etc.), followed by a fun group warm-up. Students then study unarmed material to encourage good posture, structure, and movement, before concluding the lesson with solo and pairs exercises and games. When head contact is a possibility, we wear protective masks, and when things speed up we swap metal swords for plastic ones.

After class the instructor is always available for questions, whether it’s about class content, other programs at Academie Duello, or general questions about the context of the arts we teach. If you have any questions on your way out, or if you want to sign up for more classes, you can also check in with the front desk.

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