Saturday, March 10, 2012

Upcoming events

Fight classes are proceeding as normal at Algonquin College and also at the Plant Baths, on Preston Street at Gladstone, right in the heart of little Italy here in Ottawa.

Basic Course....Algonquin Woodruff Campus, the gym in the "P" building.
Course Code GEN0088. cost for this course is $160.57 incl HST This is a non-credit Algonquin General Interest course, and as such is payable entirely to Algonquin College. (On line or at the Registrar's desk just inside the doors at the Admin building.)
Wednesday evenings, 7 to 9:30, January 18th to February 29th 2012

Advanced Course .....Algonquin Woodruff Campus (16 hours Friday evenings 7 to 9:30 in the "P" building.

Course Code GEN 0105 Cost for this course is $160.57 incl HST
Courses are scheduled for Friday evenings, 4th of March to 15th of April. only two days after the basic course ends. We rescheduled it for Wednesday. We have 6 students...just enough to enjoy ourselves. You can come late to this class if you want. Instructor says its okay...grin!

Nice thing about the advanced course...its mostly just practicing and application of the stuff you learn in the basic course, so you can miss one or two classes without fear of falling behind.

Worshops. I can get pretty much any Friday evening in January or February for workshops in Algonquin, and then again Wednesday evenings in March and April. email me at and perhaps we can set up some workshops...anything from "armour repair" to "chain maille making" to who knows what....if you have an idea for a topic, let me know, and we can schedule something. Obviously if it involves complex Systema or Juitsu techniques, we will need the gym with the mats....but heck, even if all we have is a pub night...I think I can get behind that!

Algonquin College Registrar's Office is 1385 Woodruff Ave, Rm. C150, Ottawa Ont., K2G 1V8. tel 613-727-0002, or 1-800-565-4723, fax613-727-7754 email But if I am involved, have me do it....

Why go through the college? Now you have to remember, what you get out of the college is this. Algonquin is keeping the lights on, providing free (shoveled) parking and insurance, and providing us with gym, change room and locker space. They have to arrange this attractive gym space with the owners, the Police Services Department. If we don't get eleven or more sign ups, they will not do all the "behind the scenes stuff" which is required to get this course in place. And they need those sign ups a week in advance. If you delay and wait for the day of, they might well cancel the course on us. So don't procrastinate! Call ME if you have problems. 613-821-1846

European Chivalrous Handling Course...Level 1 Plante Baths (18 hours) Sunday mornings 10:30 to 12:30
Plante Recreation Centre, 730 Sommerset St. West (at Preston).... Phone to register at 613-232-3000

The basic course is needed to get started in sword handling and be able to do it safely, a good grounding. Not a lot of "dirty tricks", but you get all the basic moves required to aquit yourself as a competent swordsman on the field.

Chivalrous Sword Level 1 Sun @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Apr 15 – Jun 17 696949
$112.50 Preston
No class Sunday, May 20th

The courses at the plante bath are quite different from the courses at Algonquin. There is more chain maille, and none of the Japanese Katana work which we do at Algonquin College.

European Chivalrous Handling Course...Level 2 Plante Baths (taught concurrently with basic course above, a remarkable 18 hours!)
Plante Recreation Centre, 730 Sommerset St. West (at Preston) (Sunday afternoons, 01:30 to 03:30)

(thats a PDF file, and I am in "Adult, General Interest" on page 106) Sign up here.... or phone to register at 613-232-3000

Chivalrous Sword Level 2 Sun @ 1:30 – 3:30 pm Apr 15 – Jun 17 696959
$112.50 Preston
No class Sunday, May 20th

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