On February 26th, we hosted a one-day intensive workshop on knife disarms, taught by the inimitable John F. Irving. Knife fighting is grim business, and disarms even more so. When you’re spending a day in the heady territory of lethal weapon encounters, there’s got to be some way to lighten the mood. Fortunately, John is one of the funnier and more quotable humans we know, and we had some intrepid reporters on hand to take his pearls of wisdom and turn them into the internet’s greatest currency: memes.
As is our tradition, we’re celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day with a fun photo shoot. Our theme for 2017 was femininity, and we wanted to show that machismo isn’t the only path to strength, and that ruffles, sparkles, makeup, giggles, and other traditionally “girly” things have just as much of a place in the martial arena as the trappings of masculinity.
Our third Valkyrie Rapier Open tournament offered an exciting twist on our established format. We had 20 fighters from across the Lower Mainland mixing it up all day and saw some nail-bitingly close matches. Two categories were settled by tie-breaker fights, and everyone left satisfied. Congratulations to our winners!
At Valkyrie WMAA, International Women’s Day is one of the most important holidays of the year. It’s a great opportunity to publicly celebrate the amazing women of our school, and to connect more strongly with our martial arts sisters around the world. This year, we had the opportunity to pull some of our students together for a fun photo shoot, and produced some epic “propaganda” posters to encourage the amazing ladies of Western Martial Arts to band together and share their strength with one another. Here are the final products, as well as a few outtakes from the photo shoot itself.