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Amateur Longsword Lessons at Academie Duello - July 2013

Have you ever been enthralled, your heart pumping and your butt on the edge of your seat whenever you watch people fight with swords on television or in the movies? Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to hold, let alone wield a replica of a historic melee weapon? I sure have! Now is your chance to become an Extremely Shy warrior and partake in the marvelous lessons that Academie Duello has to offer you! Harness that fighter within and come on down!


You must arrive at 10:45am sharp to sign the safety waivers, etc. So do NOT be late! Lessons begin at 11:00am and end approximately at 12:00pm.


Academie Duello is located at 412 West Hastings, between Richards and Homer, and close to the Waterfront Skytrain Station. The place is transit accessible and parking can be found behind the building as well as on Richards Street.


$11.50 per person to be prepaid to the meetup group. This is necessary as we must pay Academie Duello two days before the event for the exact number of attendees that we expect (up to 14). See "payment instructions" below for more information on how to pay.

What to expect:

The lesson will focus on body mechanics, including flow, movement, and posture; core longsword techniques, such as cutting, defending, and counter-actions. In other words, the basic Italian Renaissance fundamentals of using a longsword.


What to bring:

Wear clothing and shoes that you will likely be wearing at a gym, or anything that you can easily move around and bend your knees. Academie Duello recommends shirts that are higher necked, like the average unisex t-shirt neck line. Normal t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts are fine also, but short-sleeves are more recommended as you will get hot and sweaty. Regardless what shirt you choose it must cover your entire torso.

Bring a water bottle as Academie Duello only supplies water, nothing more. You should also bring you most current and valid ID as well since each attendee must sign a mandatory waiver at Academie Duello. All the necessary equipment such as swords, gloves, etc will be provided by Academie Duello.

If you have long hair:

It will be in your best interest to tie your hair securely back so that it will not interfere or get caught in a weapon that you are using.

Why are the lessons only an hour?

For a beginner at any lesson in Academie Duello it is recommended not to exceed an hour.

New Attendees Per Lesson Policy:

Each and every lesson must have a minimum of 10 attendees (no guests) and a maximum of 14 attendees (no guests). In the event that an attendee has taken, for example, a Long Sword lesson, he or she cannot return a second time to repeat that lesson at another date and time. The attendee, however, can attend a different lesson (ie: Bartitsu or Stage Combat), in which the same rules apply to them. Names of people attending any lesson will be recorded in a tracking sheet to be only viewed by the organizers and Academie Duello, as this is a very strict policy.

***If you have enjoyed the lesson and would like to pursue more, we encourage you to register in a full program of your choice at Academie Duello.***

Payment Instructions:

As this event requires us to pay a couple days before the event for the exact number of attendees we are expecting, we will be requiring prepayment in order to sign up for this event. Once all 14 spots have been filled and paid for, anybody still on the yes list who has not paid will be moved to the waiting list. Being on the yes list does not reserve you a spot for this event. Only being on the yes list and having paid will do that.

Payment is easy and does not require a Paypal account. Simply follow these instructions for paying:

  1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"
  2. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button
  3. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"
  4. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal

If you have trouble paying by this method then please post a comment below and an organizer will help you out. If you do not have a credit card or a paypal account and yet would really like to attend this event then you can try contacting Ian to see if you can meet up at another event to make your payment in cash.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

Unless the meetup is cancelled, a refund will only be offered if another member is willing to take your place. Academie Duello offers a 72-hour cancellation policy and will offer a refund only if when a person cancels the total number of participants is still 10 or more. In the event of a last-minute cancellation due to emergencies, Academie Duello will offer a refund only when:

Example #1: 13 people are scheduled, 1 person cancels leaving 12 people still attending. A refund will be issued.

But if two or more people need a refund:

Example #2: 11 people are scheduled, 2 people cancel leaving 9 people still attending. Only the first person to cancel may be refunded.

***For any type of cancellation, Academie Duello requires 72-hours!***


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I always wanted to try this. The long swords are shorter than I imagined.

    July 17, 2013

  • Bill

    Love it.

    July 14, 2013

  • David Michael P.

    I may be a tad late. I'm on the Canada line now but had to make it from Victoria this morning

    July 14, 2013

  • Derek T

    Sorry, Akemi - I won't be able to make it to this event. Unfortunately, I will have to spend the morning finishing an assignment. Wish I could attend. :(

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there!

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I did not know about prepaying. I thought I was in, now it looks like I got bumped out???
    Will prepay if i am still in!

    June 26, 2013

  • Ian

    Hi guys, at this point the yes list has been updated to reflect those that have paid. There are still 3 spots available that anybody either on the waiting list or not is welcome to take. However at this point i've made it so that payment is necessary to prepay. Thanks to everybody who has paid already!

    June 25, 2013

  • Ian

    Hey guys, still waiting for payments from Monica, Sarje, Kev, Mayra, and Elizabeth. Please make your payment within the next few days to save your spot. After that I will bump the people up from the waiting list. Thanks!

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I do not mind waiting

    June 8, 2013

  • Sarje S

    I've always assumed there wasn't something like this in the local vicinity, this is a bit too cool to pass up~

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Kev

    Do these guys offer knife fighting?

    June 6, 2013

    • Kev


      June 6, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Amateur Longsword Lessons at Academie Duello - July 2013

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled

Additional notes: Unless the meetup is cancelled, a refund will only be offered if another member is willing to take your place.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

Regardless of the refund policy set by the organizer, Meetup may issue refunds on an organizer's behalf if we determine that Meetup's Payment Policies have been violated.


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