Breathing for Wrestling
Saturday, April 29th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm ($40/1 credit)

Our two-hour clinics are back with a vengeance! We're kicking off the spring season by remembering how to breathe when it matters most. Wrestling offers a lot of unique physical challenges for fighters, including figuring out just how to contend with someone else's body and weight trying to crush you. Join our resident crusher Courtney Rice will teach you how to find the time and space to get your battle breath back under pressure, and help you build the physical technique and muscular control to keep breathing, no matter what your opponent does.

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John breathes through a tight spot

Guy Windsor Longsword Workshop Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, May 6th-7th, 10am - 5pm ($120/1 day, $200/full weekend)

Join guest instructor Guy Windsor for a two-day exploration of the Italian longsword systems of Fiore de'i Liberi and Philippo di Vadi. Guy is one of the foremost researchers and instructors of historical Italian martial arts, founder of The School of European Swordsmanship, and a prolific author of swordplay and physical training texts.

Saturday's workshop will be a beginner-friendly primer of Fiore's longsword, and a great opportunity for new and experienced students alike to get a handle on the depth and effectiveness of this 14th-Century art. On Sunday, we'll jump forward to the 15th Century and the art of Philippo di Vadi, and look at how he builds on and diverges from Fiore's earlier system. Students can join us for a single day of their choosing, or attend the entire weekend at a discount on the daily price! No prior experience is required for Day 1: Fiore, and Day 2: Vadi is open to all students with a basic working knowledge of Fiore's longsword.

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Guy Windsor with a longsword

Self-Defense Practice Drop-In
Saturday, May 20th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm ($10-$40 sliding scale)

Keep your de-escalation, decision-making, and physical defense skills sharp and get extra practice in a safe environment. This two-hour session is designed to give graduates of our basic self-defense courses (including Women's Only Self-Defense and Practical Self-Defense) the opportunity to practice their physical skills and undergo additional scenario work. Scenarios will cover a range of intensities and situations, based on participant requests. Each scenario will be opt-in, with opportunities for observation and group debriefings. Pre-registration is mandatory, as spaces are limited. Pricing is available on a sliding scale - please pay what you think is fair and within your means.

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Scenario work in progress

Boxing Power Generation Clinic
Saturday, May 27th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm ($40/1 credit)

Our May 2-hour clinic is all about hitting stuff real good! There's a lot more to throwing a solid punch than just being big and strong. Join our Head Instructor and notoriously powerful striker David R. Packer for a detailed exploration of the structure, movement, and physical foundation you need to hit hard consistently.

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Let David teach you how to hit good!

Violence Dynamics Vancouver
Friday-Sunday, December 1st-3rd. Early Bird registration opens June 1st!

Violence Dynamics is the study of violence and the people who inflict violence on others.Understanding how violence happens, how your body deals with violence, and how to choose and deploy an appropriate level of force in response is crucial if you want to survive a violent encounter. Real violence happens faster and harder than most people’s training takes into account.

The Violence Dynamics seminar (VioDy) takes principles and concepts that usually take professional users of force years to comprehend and distills them into a common language for dealing with violence.

Created in Minnesota in 2010 by Kasey Keckeisen, Rory Miller, and Marc MacYoung, VioDy has become an annual event, with spin-off seminars in Edmonton, AB, Oakland, CA, and Ashburn, VA. We are bringing VioDy to Vancouver for the first time in 2017.

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Violence Dynamics Vancouver

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Past Workshops and Visiting Instructors

Visit our calendar to see what workshops we've hosted recently. If you see something you like, feel free to contact us and request that we run it again. We're always happy to revisit a popular topic!

Conlan Mansfield

Conlan Mansfield is a strength and conditioning coach from Vancouver, B.C. He has coached across the Pacific Northwest for the past six years, working with professional athletes, full-time parents, and inner-city youth. He loves building strength and inspiring others to do the same. Conlan has partnered with Valkyrie WMAA on a number of conditioning workshops that specifically benefit fencers, focusing on explosive leg strength and grip strength.

Guest Instructor Conlan Mansfield

F. Braun McAsh

Renowned historical swordsman and fight director F. Braun McAsh has spent over 40 years studying and teaching Western European sword work around the world, including serving in the military. Braun was incredibly influential in the early days of the now thriving WMA community in Vancouver. He used his formidable martial skill to inform his translations and interpretations of historical manuals, and helped to popularize the art through his work as an actor and fight choreographer on series such as Highlander. Braun has presented on German longsword and modern knife defense at Valkyrie WMAA.

F. Braun McAsh

Maija Soderholm

Maija Soderholm is one of the official lineage holders of Visayan Style Corto Kadena and Larga Mano Eskrima and an authorized teacher of the Yizong School system of Bagua Zhang, Xing-Yi, and Tai Ji. Maija is a formidable martial artist and the author of "The Liar, The Cheat and the Thief", which focuses on the role of deception in swordplay and other weapon work. Maija's material and teaching approach has had a substantial influence on our approach to knife work in particular, and she has taught on Filipino weapon play at Valkyrie WMAA.

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