Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium 2013

Posted on Nov 19, 2012, by

Calling all fencers! The Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is pleased to announce our second gathering of Western Martial Arts instructors, practitioners, and aficionados from all corners of the world for three intense days of swordplay, instruction, combat and socializing. Presented by Academie Duello, the second Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium (VISS) is scheduled for the weekend of February 15-17, 2013, and there will be lots to see and do, both for general public interested in lectures and demos, and for students of western martial arts looking for hands-on training.

The VISS program features four full-weekend tracks that allow students to immerse themselves in a single martial discipline as well as one- and two-hour stand-alone workshops. Sessions on historical systems of European fencing from the medieval period, Renaissance era, and Victorian era will be offered in conjunction with integrative workshops that focus on the practical application of techniques and principles in combat -- so come prepared to spar! Topics from many disciplines including rapier, sidesword, longsword, grappling, and more will be covered.

On top of these exciting workshops, there will also be a series of fascinating lectures from noted authors such as Neal Stephenson and Christian Cameron, examining how the renewed study of Western Martial Arts has begun to affect their work in the world of books, television, video games, and film. Participants are also invited to attend our exciting Grand Gala on Saturday evening, take part in the voting process for our accolade tournament, and browse through the swords and dioramas in our Museum of Western Martial Arts.

Please check out the website at We hope to see you there!


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Posted on Dec 31, 2012, by

VISS 2013 Workshop lineup!

We are proud to offer two styles of workshops at VISS. The first style offers a more in-depth look into various topics, with work that will build across three days of classes. Topics for this style of workshop include: “Understanding Armizare - a Walking Tour of Fiore dei Liberi’s Art of Arms”, by Greg Mele “Three days of Italian Rapier”, by Tom Leoni “No Xone can defend himself without danger”: Lichtenauer’s Art in Three Weapons, by Jessica Finlay “Three days of Iberian Swordplay”, by Eric Meyers and Puck Curtis

In addition we also have single-session workshops to explore: Does Fiore Wind?, taught by Sean Hayes Classical Italian Dueling Sabre, taught by Sean Hayes Burgundian Pollaxe: Le Jeu de la Hache (part I), taught by Jason Smith Burgundian Pollaxe: Le Jeu de la Hache (part II), taught by Jason Smith Pommel Play, taught by Jason Smith German Medieval Dagger, taught by Christian Tobler Sword and Buckler of the Liechtenauer Tradition, taught by Christian Tobler Applied Combatives: Improve Your Fight, taught by Devon Boorman Rapier Disarms, taught by Devon Boorman Bringing Down the Big Guy, taught by David McCormick Italian Stick Fencing, taught by Marco Quarta Abracar and Sine Armis: The art and tradition of unarmed fighting in Italy, taught by Marco Quarta

Mix deep-dive classes with single-session workshops for a unique learning experience. A reminder that early-bird registration is rapidly approaching. A full symposium pass is Xonly $299 until Dec 31, 2012!

Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium 2013 Feb 15-17, 2013

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Posted on Dec 31, 2012, by ?? wrote: Also, please be aware early-bird pricing deadline has been extended!