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We’ll make you an expert in Historical European Martial Arts. Become masterfully trained in longsword, rapier, sidesword, dagger, polearms, and unarmed combat.
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Online Swordplay Courses
Take online swordplay courses that feature video lessons, quizzes, practice notes and discussion. Pick up where you left off anytime and use the courses from any device.
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Who We Are
Devon is a world renowned international instructor and competitor of Historical European Martial Arts. He has been practicing and teaching martial arts for more than 30 years. He is the author of one book and two DVDs on Italian Rapier and Longsword; and he is the Director and Master Instructor of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay in Vancouver, BC, the largest centre for the practice of European Martial Arts in the world.
Greg Reimer has been studying Italian martial arts since 2006, and has taught over 5,500 hours to students in unarmed, dagger, rapier (and secondaries), sidesword & buckler, longsword, pole weapons and mounted combat. He has travelled across Western Canada and into Washington State to meet, teach and enjoy sparring with other sword fighters.
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Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay is the largest centre for the practice of European Martial Arts in the world.
Over the past 15 years more than 10,000 students have taken courses at Academie Duello and many of those students have gone on to form satellite schools and study groups in cities all over the world.
Academie Duello has one of the most complete and expertly constructed swordplay curriculums in the world providing a proven program that takes students from beginners to masters.
Duello has had such a positive impact on my life, from the people I’ve met, to what I’ve learned about movement, to what it has taught me about weapons and fighting for my writing [career]. This school has been one of the highlights of my life.
As I have been participating and teaching both sport and classical fencing for some 50 years I was immediately impressed by Devon Boorman’s command and facilitation of these arts. His current library of instructional videos, “Duello TV”, is second to none!
Devon and the Academie Duello are producing top caliber martial artists.
I learn and improve not only in swordplay but with some introspection, about myself too – how I respond to certain situations, how I cope, how I interact, improving self-esteem, improving tolerance and patience, respect, discipline and so much more.
For the Beginner
We offer progressive, structured, step-by-step instruction in the graceful rapier, powerful longsword, knife, grappling, poleweapons, and more.
Longsword: cutting down from the right (1:56)
Rapier: learn the mechanics of a lunge (1:51)
Sidesword: making parries against cuts (2:17)
Get Started for FREE
We like free. That’s why we’ve put together these lessons from our excellent Fundamentals course series as a quick start to get you up and running.
Get startedStart on the path to mastery with our Longsword and Rapier Fundamentals courses. Purchase a monthly Subscription or lifetime-access Course Pack
For the Expert
We'll help you become a practitioner who can put theory into practice and practice into theory.
Wherever you are in your journey, we'll help you develop an enviable level of expertise and ability through rigorous programs that help you develop your dominance while giving you a rich and explicit understanding of the art.
Combative dominance comes through complete martial understanding. We'll teach you how to move and fight effectively, create training plans, build physical ability, and tactically own your opponents.
Advanced Longsword: countering high guards (9:01)
Advanced Sidesword: feint provocations (8:21)
Advanced Rapier: using forte guards (13:14)
You'll learn not just how to master one discipline but how to master a complete martial art that includes two-handed and single handed swords, polearms, grappling, dagger, knife, and armoured combat.
Course Progression from Fundamentals to Master
- Rapier Level 2
- True Fight Mechanics
- True Fight Strategy
- The Deceptive Fight
- Body Voids
- Refused Posture
- Offhand and Dagger
- Dagger II
- Unarmed Level 2
- Intermediate Grappling
- Sidesword Level 1
- Fundamentals I-II-III
- Approaching Gioco Stretto
- Sidesword Grappling
- Receiving Gioco Largo
- Approaching Gioco Largo
- Longsword Level 3
- Quadrant Defenses vs Fendente
- Quadrant Defenses vs Mezzano, Sottano and Thrust
- Primary Guards
- Secondary Guards
- Gioco Stretto & Grapples
- Rapier Level 3
- Striking Tempos
- Unorthodox Postures
- Buckler and Cloak
- Two Swords and Baton
- Disarms and Dagger Strikes
- Sidesword Level 2
- Low Line Guards, Progression
- High Line Guards
- Polearms Level 1
- Poleaxe Fundamentals
- Quarterstaff Fundamentals
- Unarmed Level 3
- Wrestling in the Grips
- Dagger Level 1
- Dagger Masters 1-3
- Dagger Masters 4-6
- Dagger Masters 7-9
- Martial Prowess Trial
- Historical Research Trial
- Community Contribution Trial
Learn more as Maestro Devon Boorman talks about Duello's vision for the art, the values, and the journey of martial arts mastery.
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