Big Gay Sword Day was a big gay success!

Last Saturday, 18 students and 4 instructors came together at Valkyrie WMAA for our very first Big Gay Sword Day. This one-day event was designed to celebrate LBGT people in the HEMA community. All of the workshops were taught by queer instructors, and the event was open to everyone while centering LGBT experiences in martial arts. It was an absolute blast! Our attendees traveled from as far as Seattle to come to this event, and came from a broad range of backgrounds and experience levels — from fighters who’ve been at this for a decade or more, to folks who picked up a sword for the very first time in one of the day’s workshops.

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Everything you need to know about Big Gay Sword Day

The instructors of Big Gay Sword Day

Our next major event is almost here! Read on to find out all you need to know about Big Gay Sword Day, coming up on November 3rd, 2018. BGSD is a showcase of four up-and-coming queer instructors in the Pacific Northwest, and features swordplay, mindset, body mechanics, and communication workshops for students of all levels.

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Latosa Escrima Fundamentals: Workshop Gallery

On June 30th, Andrew Somlyo and Beth Hammer of Seattle Escrima Club came out to teach an afternoon introductory workshop at Valkyrie. We had a fantastic time, and we can’t wait to get these great coaches back up for another visit!

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Introducing: NOTsquatch

[NOT]Swordsquatch

The schedule for this year’s Swordsquatch event is packed to the gills with amazing programming. Overstuffed, even. With so much to fit on the roster, it was inevitable that some super great workshops would have to be left out. The bad news is that you won’t be seeing them in Seattle this September; the good news is that you can see them in Vancouver this July instead! NOTsquatch is a celebration of the PNW swordplay community spirit that Swordsquatch embodies, and a showcase of some excellent workshops that you won’t be seeing at that event, from instructors that you will. It’s also a not-for-profit fundraiser, and all proceeds will be used to help send low-income members of the Valkyrie WMAA community to Swordsquatch.

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