Indoor Paired Longsword Classes Start in August
We're excited to announce that starting in August, we will be offering indoor longsword classes at the Sword Hall including paired drills and competitive exercises. These classes will be a drop-in style, so register for each class you would like to attend. We will be offering these classes weekly on Tuesdays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 11 am, starting August 7th. Registration is open now.
To participate in these indoor classes, you must show proof of vaccination. Please read and review our updated Covid-19 Safety Plan and Vaccine policy before registering. You will also need a fencing mask for these classes - so we're offering a 40% discount on new or used masks sold in August. If you're not sure what size to get, we recommend selecting your best guess and picking it up in person at the Sword Hall during a class so we can confirm the fit for you.
If you haven't been able to get vaccinated yet, we hope you will join us for our outdoor classes or online youth classes. See all the details below.
Win Tickets to see THE GREEN KNIGHT
We're giving away three pairs of tickets to see THE GREEN KNIGHT at Cineplex Theatres! Check out the fantastical trailer here. We'll be drawing one winner each on July 30th, August 6th, and August 13th. We're so excited for this film and can't wait to see it, so we're excited to offer this giveaway. If you don't win the first draw, your name stays in for the rest!
To enter the draw, fill out our survey. You can get up to three more entries by subscribing to the Ottawa Swordplay YouTube channel, commenting on our giveaway announcement video, and sharing the video on your favourite social media with the hashtags #TheGreenKnight and #OttawaSwordplay and tagging a friend!
In theatres Friday, July 30th THE GREEN KNIGHT, stars Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton. Directed by David Lowery, the film brings this epic fantasy Arthurian legend to life. Based on the 14th-century poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, Dev Patel’s character Gawain encounters ghosts, giants, and schemers in his daring pursuit of a green-skinned stranger, the Green Knight.
Outdoor Classes, Online Classes, and the Hauptmann's Birthday
In August, we're continuing to offer our outdoor solo drill classes. Longsword will continue at Andrew Haydon Park on Saturdays at 11 am, and Weapon of the Week will continue at Britannia Park on Thursdays at 7 pm. Registration is open now! Note - there will be no classes on July 31st due to the long weekend.
The next Weapon of the Week class topics are:
- July 29: Sword and buckler
- August 5: Rapier
- August 12: Dagger
- August 19: Spear
- August 26: Grossemesser (sword in one hand)
If you're interested in trying one of these classes but don't have the specific weapon we're working with, let us know and we can bring you a loaner. We're hoping for great weather in August, but as always, if rain, thunderstorm, or extreme heat make an outdoor class unwise, we will cancel the event at least one hour before the start time, and credit your account with the registration fee.
With the launch of indoor classes, we've decided to end our online livestream drill class on Saturdays via the Discord server. We still have some great online content though - we will continue to post a new YouTube video each week, and we are offering a virtual version of our Young Knights and Warrior Princesses on Thursdays at 10 am through the Ottawa Public Library's Summerland activities. Visit Ottawa Public Library for more information and to register. If you know someone that would love to join in, please spread the word!
And finally, with restrictions continuing to relax, we've decided to postpone Craig's birthday event until the fall so that we can run it in person with spectators. We're still looking for ideas of medieval combat situations for Craig to face, so please keep adding your ideas to the survey. We'll share an announcement when we have selected a new date.