Happy holidays from all of us at Valkyrie WMAA! We try not to slow down too much over the winter holiday season, so all classes will be in session right through to January, with the following exceptions…
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.
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.
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!