Calendar of Classes, Workshops, and Events

Upcoming events

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 20 sessions
    Register

    This 45-minute lesson is open to all skill levels. No experience necessary.

    Classes focus primarily on longsword  curriculum, but the specifics will be adapted to fit the skill-level and preferences of the attendees for any given class. In spite of the course name, we will occasionally do training in other weapons as well.

    Loaner gear will be made available if needed. Please bring clean indoor shoes and clothing suitable for a physical activity.

    If this is your first class, please arrive early to sign a waiver and be fitted for a fencing mask.

    Free for Scholars, Patrons, and Dukes.

    Register for the term or for individual sessions.

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 22
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    This class is for students age 8-15. Note that students aged 13+ who prefer to may register for our adult programs.

    Young Knights and Warrior Princesses will learn techniques for spear, sword, and dagger, focusing on how medieval knights fought in armour. No real armour needed!

    Technical instruction will be mixed with games that support fundamental physical movements, and activities will move quickly to keep everyone engaged.

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase or rent one from us, or use any modern fencing mask in good condition.

    Instructor: Craig

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 6
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    Longsword is the foundation of our combat system. Students wishing to study other weapons at Ottawa Swordplay must complete our Novice Longsword program first.

    The Novice Longsword program is a 10 week course. Students in the course are introduced to our core Novice techniques. Intermediate students participate in the classes for review and as experienced training partners.

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase or rent one from us, or use any modern fencing mask in good condition.

    Each 1.5 hour class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time.

    Instructors: Craig, John

    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 24 Nov 2019
    • 20 sessions
    • 19
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    While we have some information on medieval fitness routines, this program is intended for modern HEMA practitioners. We are offering a one hour circuit training program designed to improve your performance for our combat arts! Whether you consider yourself to be in-shape or out of shape, this scalable, efficient routine will provide an excellent challenge to improve your conditioning, flexibility, stability and strength so you can fight longer with reduced risk of the injuries common to HEMA training.

    Please wear clothing suitable for a workout, including clean indoor shoes and bring a towel large enough to lie down on.  You may have a water bottle with you during the class.  No other equipment is needed.

    Free for Scholars, Patrons, and Dukes.

    Register for the term or for individual sessions.

    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 21
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    Longsword is the foundation of our combat system. Students wishing to study other weapons at Ottawa Swordplay must complete our Novice Longsword program first.

    The Novice Longsword program is a 10 week course. Students in the course are introduced to our core Novice techniques. Intermediate students participate in the classes for review and as experienced training partners.

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase or rent one from us, or use any modern fencing mask in good condition.

    Each 1.5 hour class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time.

    Instructors: Marla, Sean

    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 27
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    This course is open only to women, and is taught by a woman. The curriculum is the same as our regular longsword program, and is open to novice and intermediate students. Our regular classes are all open to all genders.

    Longsword is the foundation of our combat system.

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase or rent one from us, or use any modern fencing mask in good condition.

    Each 90 minute class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time.

    Instructors: Marla
    (if Marla cannot attend a given class, we may need to substitute a male instructor)


    • 12 Sep 2019
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Ottawa Swordplay
    • 22
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    Prerequisite: Students must have completed the Novice Longsword course to register for this class. 

    The Longsword is the core weapon of our system.

    Students at this level will develop a better understanding of longsword techniques and their practical application, as well as how they fit into the system as a whole. Advanced students will still benefit from this course.

    Each 1.5 hour class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time. 

    Instructors: Craig, Sean

    • 12 Sep 2019
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 23
    Register

    Longsword is the foundation of our combat system. Students wishing to study other weapons at Ottawa Swordplay must complete our Novice Longsword program first.

    The Novice Longsword program is a 10 week course. Students in the course are introduced to our core Novice techniques. Intermediate students participate in the classes for review and as experienced training partners.

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase or rent one from us, or use any modern fencing mask in good condition.

    Each 1.5 hour class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time.

    Instructors: John, Jacques

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 23
    Register

    This class is for students age 8-15. Note that students aged 13+ who prefer to may register for our adult programs.

    Young Knights and Warrior Princesses will learn techniques for spear, sword, and dagger, focusing on how medieval knights fought in armour. No real armour needed!

    Technical instruction will be mixed with games that support fundamental physical movements, and activities will move quickly to keep everyone engaged.

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase or rent one from us, or use any modern fencing mask in good condition.

    Instructor: Craig

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 19
    Register

    Longsword is the foundation of our combat system. Students wishing to study other weapons at Ottawa Swordplay must complete our Novice Longsword program first.

    The Novice Longsword program is a 10 week course. Students in the course are introduced to our core Novice techniques. Intermediate students participate in the classes for review and as experienced training partners.

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase or rent one from us, or use any modern fencing mask in good condition.

    Each 1.5 hour class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time.

    Instructors: Jacques, Sean

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 24
    Register

    Prerequisite: Students must have completed the Novice Longsword course to register for this class. 

    This class is our foundational course for medieval wrestling (Ringen) and dagger. Students will learn how to fall safely, techniques for wrestling at the arms and body, and techniques with the rondel dagger in armoured and unarmoured contexts. 

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase or rent one from us, or use any modern fencing mask in good condition.

    Loaner daggers are available for student use. Gloves are encouraged but not mandatory. Long sleeves are encouraged. 

    Each 90 minute class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time. 

    Instructors: Matthew, Marla

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 24
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    Prerequisite: Students must have completed the Novice Longsword course to register for this class.

    Students will learn techniques for the grossemesser ("big knife") or arming sword, including techniques for sword and buckler.

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase or rent one from us, or use any modern fencing mask in good condition. 

    We have a limited number of loaner swords and bucklers, priority always goes to newest students.

    Each 1.5 hour class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time. 

    Instructors: Craig, Matthew

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Ottawa Swordplay
    • 17
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    Prerequisite: Students must have completed the Novice Longsword course to register for this class. 

    The Longsword is the core weapon of our system.

    Students at this level will develop a better understanding of longsword techniques and their practical application, as well as how they fit into the system as a whole. Advanced students will still benefit from this course.

    Each 1.5 hour class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time. 

    Instructors: Sean, Marla

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 24
    Register

    Prerequisite: Students should have reached Eisenpfort rank or higher to participate in this class.  Advanced students will still also benefit from continuing to take a "TEchnical Foundations class as well.

    The longsword is the core weapon of our system.

    Students in this course should have a good understanding of the principles and techniques of our longsword system. The classes focus on developing a personal "doctrine" of preferred strategy, tactics, and techniques. Students will gain a better understanding distance, timing, and judgement, and how to manage them.

    Every student needs a fencing mask. You can purchase one from us, or  use any modern fencing mask in good condition. 

    Each 1.5 hour class includes 30 minutes of freeplay time. 

    Instructors: Craig, Marla

    • 25 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 1760 St. Laurent Blvd
    • 32
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    This is an open Freeplay night for students of Ottawa Swordplay and visitors from like-minded swordplay schools.
    All participants must follow Ottawa Swordplay's safety guidelines.
    • 1 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 1760 St. Laurent Blvd
    • 32
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    This is an open session for current students of Ottawa Swordplay to practice or train together.

    No formal lesson will take place. Instructors will be present and may be available to answer questions, but are not there to provide instruction. 

    This session is not for freeplay!

Past events

18 Oct 2019 In-house Fight Night
11 Oct 2019 Open training time
7 Oct 2019 Workshop: Stage Combat
3 Oct 2019 Closed for Event
2 Oct 2019 Jump Into Novice Longsword Workshop
1 Oct 2019 Jump Into Novice Longsword Workshop
27 Sep 2019 Open Fight Night
27 Sep 2019 Jump Into Novice Longsword Workshop
20 Sep 2019 In-house Fight Night
7 Sep 2019 Grand Opening Open House
21 Aug 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Wednesdays)
20 Aug 2019 Dagger in Armour Workshop
18 Aug 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Sundays)
16 Aug 2019 Open Fight Night
14 Aug 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Wednesdays)
11 Aug 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Sundays)
8 Aug 2019 Lunch-time Swordplay (Thursdays)
7 Aug 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Wednesdays)
6 Aug 2019 Lunch-time Swordplay (Tuesdays)
2 Aug 2019 Points North 2019: Longsword
2 Aug 2019 Open Fight Night
1 Aug 2019 Lunch-time Swordplay (Thursdays)
31 Jul 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Wednesdays)
30 Jul 2019 Lunch-time Swordplay (Tuesdays)
26 Jul 2019 Open training time
21 Jul 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Sundays)
19 Jul 2019 In-house Fight Night
17 Jul 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Wednesdays)
16 Jul 2019 Poleaxe in Armour Workshop
16 Jul 2019 Lunch-time Swordplay (Tuesdays)
11 Jul 2019 Lunch-time Swordplay (Thursdays)
10 Jul 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Wednesdays)
9 Jul 2019 Lunch-time Swordplay (Tuesdays)
5 Jul 2019 Private Event/Party
3 Jul 2019 Drop-In: Fitness and Conditioning for HEMA (Wednesdays)
2 Jul 2019 Halfsword in Armour Workshop
29 Jun 2019 Private Event/Party
28 Jun 2019 Open Fight Night
27 Jun 2019 Jump Into Novice Longsword Workshop/Course
10 Jun 2019 Novice Longsword (Mondays)
10 Jun 2019 Rapier (Mondays)
8 Jun 2019 Novice Longsword (Saturdays)
8 Jun 2019 Advanced Longsword (Saturdays)
8 Jun 2019 Grossemesser/Arming Sword (Saturdays)
8 Jun 2019 Intermediate Longsword (Saturdays)
8 Jun 2019 Women's Longsword (Saturdays)
6 Jun 2019 Sword and Buckler (Thursdays)
6 Jun 2019 Intermediate Longsword (Thursdays)
4 Jun 2019 Novice Longsword (Tuesdays)
1 Jun 2019 Open House
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