Student Profile: Hana Johnson

How long have you been practicing martial arts? Which one(s)? I’ve been with Valkyrie for about six months, since September. I studied Taekwondo and foil fencing briefly when I was much younger. What brought you to Valkyrie WMAA? Jordan and Kaja pressganged me into joining (I kid…mostly.) Yoga and running (official pastimes of the sovereign nation-state of Kitsilano) were really not doing it for me, so I figured I’d try hitting and stabbing things instead.…

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Happy International Women’s Day 2015!

We’ve been incredibly fortunate at Valkyrie WMAA to have had a strong team of women training with us from the very beginning, and to have watched it grow over the years. It’s been inspiring watching them gain strength, confidence, and skill, and they’ve become formidable fighters, instructors, and integral members of our school community. It’s a privilege to be able to celebrate them on this day, and to share just a bit of their awesomeness…

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Thursday Schedule Update for March

We’ve made some changes to our Thursday class schedule for the month of March. As David will be on vacation at the beginning of the month, and we will be attending the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium at the end of the month, we’ve decided to forego a Flavour of the Month course, and offer a number of independent classes throughout March. Thursday classes in March will be: March 5th: Cane Fighting – we’ll be wrapping…

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Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium

On March 27-29, 2015, Academie Duello will be hosting the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium (VISS). Billed as “a worldwide gathering of swordplay enthusiasts”, VISS offers three full days of workshops and lectures by swordplay instructors and scholars from around the world, along with a Saturday evening gala. This year’s theme is The Pursuit of Mastery: Live, Move, Think, Fight, and all workshops and lectures will address one or more of these four pillars of training.…

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