COVID Phase 2 at Valkyrie

The Provincial Government has published its Restart Plan for re-opening businesses in our province and has scheduled the beginning of Phase 2 for Tuesday, May 19th. Under the plan, sports and recreation facilities are being allowed to re-open “under enhanced protocols”. Specifically, we have to take appropriate, effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here’s how different measures stack up, from most effective (top) to least effective (bottom), according to the BC Ministry of…

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Remote Class Quick Guide

As the world settles into a new social distancing routine, we’ve been getting lots of questions about our remote classes. Here’s a quick introduction to how things work if you’re not already a Valkyrie WMAA student. Class Schedule As with all Valkyrie programming, class content is a little bit variable and will adapt to the needs of the group. Here is what you can expect in each of our current remote class timeslots. Please note…

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Classes are Going Remote!

A rapier lesson via Skype

The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to affect our city, and the provincial health authority has stepped up its public health measures. As swimming pools, fitness centres, and other group facilities temporarily close across Vancouver, it’s time for us to follow suit. All in-person classes are cancelled from March 17th until March 29th (for the next two weeks). In their place, we will be running remote lessons via the Zoom video conferencing app. You’ll be able…

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Video: Creepspotting 101

Recent discussions around protecting fellow community members from predators have highlighted a common knowledge gap: someone looks at an interaction between two people, spots what might be inappropriate or creepy behaviour, but can’t tell if the target is distressed or okay with what’s happening. This is especially challenging if it looks like the people involved are friends or partners. This quick video introduces some basic tools for spotting if someone is uncomfortable in a social…

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