Student Profile: Paul Dean

Paul Dean, 35, Hampshire, England

How long have you been practicing martial arts? Which one(s)? I’ve been with Valkyrie for about four months now, I think, during which time I’ve mostly practised fencing and some boxing/hand-to-hand techniques. What brought you to Valkyrie WMAA? I’d always been interested in doing fencing, but of the more traditional, less sporting style. I didn’t find many opportunities for it and I couldn’t really imagine myself actually taking part, but when Valkyrie reached out to…

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Permanent Training Space — Opening Soon!

We are very excited to announce that we have secured a permanent training location at 2603 Kingsway, in East Vancouver. It’s a bright and welcoming corner suite that will allow us to build an ~870 sq. ft. training floor, along with a reception, change rooms, student storage and social space, office, and two bathrooms. Renovations are already underway, and we’re hard at work turning the space into our school’s new home for the next 5…

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We were at VISS (and it was awesome)!

At the end of March, we wrapped up our participation in the 3rd Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium, hosted by Academie Duello. Two of our instructors and one senior student were in attendance, and we presented two workshops and a lecture, along with attending as many other instructors’ classes as we could manage. VISS is an incredible event that brings together instructors and students from across North America (and one or two from Europe) for 3…

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