This past weekend, we had the great pleasure of hosting Guy Windsor for a two-day workshop series on Italian longsword. Guy worked through the longsword methods of Fiore de’i Liberi and Philippo di Vadi with his trademark precision, attention to detail, rigorous commitment to effective body mechanics and historical fidelity, and sense of fun.
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!