Training & Sword Lessons
Introductory Sword Combat Classes.
These classes offer an introduction to medieval swordsmanship. No prior experience is required and all training and safety equipment required is provided. Attendance in at least one of our basic classes is recommended before attending open sparing sessions or study groups.
- Scheduled Classes & Class Costs-
NEW for 2018: Classes are now 3 hours for the same great price!
Class Cost : All 3 hour introduction to sword fighting classes are $40.00 + GST. This price includes daily rental of protective gear (masks , gloves, and padded gear) as well as any steel weapons or synthetic trainers required by that class.
Reserve Your Class Online Here:
*When reserving online, Please select from the drop down which date and class you would like to attend. Private Lessons, Group Lessons or Multi Class passes must be booked threw our Calgary show room by one of our staff directly. All classes are based on availability. Reserve your space early to avoid disappointment.
~DAC Intro Class Descriptions~
.Basic Introduction To Longsword:
The Longsword is possibly the best known yet least well understood of all medieval weapons. Our Longsword class looks at this classic medieval weapon in its iconic two handed use. Techniques are drawn from Italian, German and English sources to show what truely made this weapon a force to be reckoned with not only in duels but one the battlefield as well.
Basic Introduction To Viking Combat:
Our basic viking class looks at the use of the classic 30 inch Viking Round Shield. Unlike many other systems in viking combat the shield was the primary point of focus and the sword was secondary. Students will have an opportunity to train with a variety of weapons of the time period with the shield including Seaxs (knives), Axes, Swords, and Spears.
Basic Introduction To Medieval Dagger Fighting:
The Medieval Dagger was wildly believed too be the most deadly weapon on the medieval battlefield. Party due to is small size and the blinding speeds it was capable of. This class will look at the various styles of medieval daggers used by various cultures and the roll they played in combat.
Basic Introduction To Scottish Basket Hilt:
Focusing on stance, guards, footwork, and basic cuts. Our basket hilt class gives an introduction to how classical highlanders would have fought in Scotland during the Jackobite ear. This Class will focus on more modern regimental techniques and shows the evolution of swordsmanship into an era when black powder and firearms where already common place on the battlefield.
Basic Introduction To Montonte : (large 2 handed sword)
Larger then a longsword iconic weapons such as the Montonte Zwihander and Claymore had a unique approach. This class examines footwork, flow drills and the various cuts used by this weapon that made it so bio mechanicaly efficient
(please note space in this class is extremely limited due to the size of the weapons)
Basic Intro to Crusader Sword and Shield:
Fight Like a Knight! Our crusader sword and shield class examine the classic paring of single handed arming sword and shield that would have been a common sight not only during the crusades but during the norman and saxon time periods as well.
Basic Introduction to Quarterstaff:
The staff makes and extremely effective weapon in its own right however this class also directly relates to the use of Spear and pole arms such as the pole axe. Focusing on basic footwork, Grips and basic lines of attack and the bio mechanics of working with longer weapons that has multiple striking surfaces.
Basic Intro to Sword and Buckler:
Drawing from some of the earliest historical recored work on swordsmanship the I33 or Sword & Buckler system was popular for men at arms, archers, merchants and monks or basically anybody that fought without full armour. The smaller shield allowed to keep combat and threat as far as posable from the vital organs as posable.
-Multi Weapon Training : Squire Pass-
Ask us about our Squire Training Pass: This multi use pass provides training in any four (4) of the above weapon systems over the course of a month as well as 4 hours of free practice time weekly in our calgary training area. If you are un sure of what type of sword is right for you this is a great choice.
- Drop In Sword Fighting:
Wed 5pm to 9pm aka : Fight kNight -
Join us every Wednesday night from 5pm to 9pm. Our $10 drop in night allows access to our training space, protective equipment and free rentals of our many assorted styles of training swords and weapons. No formal training or classes are provided this night,
- DAC Scholar program for ongoing study of the Sword.-
Currant Ongoing Weekly Study Groups: these run multiple times a month typically every week or every other week on the same nights depending on the schedules of enrolled students., Basic training in the weapon system discussed is required prior to enrolment in any scholar classes. Contact us for more info.
- Private or Private Group Lessons -
Private one on one and private group lessons in a variety of weapon systems both on site and off site are available upon request. for more information or to book private lesson time contact us by:
For combat demonstrations, armored performers and corporate bookings
go to http://www.darkagecreations.com/pages/demos
All classes & study sessions are taught at our Calgary store located at:
508-42nd Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1Y6
please note a general liability waivers must be signed by all participants and/or a legal parent or guardian prior to any classes or sparing season.