Share your VISS notes!

We’re collecting class notes! As we mentioned during closing ceremonies, we’ve put together some Google documents so that attendees can share workshop and lecture notes with each other. This will be a great way of reviewing the material, sharing different … Continued

VISS 2017 is over!

VISS is complete! It has been a long time coming since VISS 2015, but VISS 2017 has officially come and gone. We offer our heartfelt thanks to our attendees, instructors, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers. Without them, this year’s symposium would … Continued

Welcome, VISS attendees!

Welcome, VISS attendees! Our symposium officially begins tomorrow. We hope you’re as excited as we are! Our schedule is wonderfully full this year, and we have a convenient .pdf version of the schedule to prove it: Click here to view … Continued

Jessica Finley and Sean Hayes Ringen

The VISS Unarmed Schedule

The 2017 Vancouver Swordplay Symposium is just one week away! Though symposium passes are sold out, our audit passes and gala tickets are still available. This year’s event schedule is carefully designed so that you can dive deeply into the … Continued

Italian rapier and dagger

VISS 2017 Symposium Passes are SOLD OUT!

We are officially sold out of 2017 symposium passes! If you’re still interested in attending VISS, you still have two options: Sign up for an audit pass and/or gala ticket. Audit passes allow you to observe all workshops and attend … Continued

VISS Lecture

The VISS Lecture Track

With the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium just around the corner, now is a great time to check out our lecture options over at our events schedule page. As always, our workshops are complemented by a series of lectures, each of … Continued


The VISS Rapier Schedule

The 2017 Vancouver Swordplay Symposium is just a few weeks away! This year’s event schedule is carefully designed so that you can dive deeply into the subjects of your choosing with as few schedule conflicts as possible. As an example, … Continued

The VISS Longsword Schedule

The 2017 Vancouver Swordplay Symposium is just a few weeks away! This year’s workshop schedule is carefully designed so that you can dive deeply into the subjects of your choosing with as few schedule conflicts as possible. As an example, … Continued

New updates to VISS schedule

More workshop and schedule details are now available for the 2017 Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium! Take a look at our workshop schedule page to start planning out your VISS. Included are in-depth details for the 3-day intensive workshops, including all … Continued

The VISS Saturday Evening Gala

More details are now available for the VISS gala on the evening of Saturday, February 18! The gala is a formal party running from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at Academie Duello on 412 West Hastings Street. Doors open at … Continued

Maestro David Coblentz of the Decatur School of Arms

Changes to VISS instructor lineup

We’ve got several big changes to our VISS 2017 instructor lineup to announce! Unfortunately, Tom Leoni has had to withdraw from VISS. He will not be leading our three-day Italian rapier intensive, but the intensive will continue nonetheless. In his … Continued

The 30 for 30 Swordplay Challenge

This month, Academie Duello is once again organizing the 30 for 30 Swordplay Challenge. Martial artists of all stripes will join in, set training goals, then pledge to practice 30 minutes or more for 30 days straight. I’ll be joining … Continued

New instructors for VISS 2017

We have several new changes to announce for the VISS 2017 instructor lineup. Unfortunately, Ilkka Hartikainen has been forced to withdraw from VISS for personal reasons. However, our Bolognese intensive continues nonetheless! We are happy to announce that Rob Rutherfoord … Continued

You can rent equipment for VISS!

The Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is just two months away! One of the most common questions we receive is: “What if I don’t have my own equipment?” We want to keep VISS accessible to everyone, so if you don’t have … Continued

VISS schedule now available!

A preliminary workshop schedule is now available for the 2017 Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium. Click over to our workshops page to start planning which workshops you’d like to take! VISS will take place over three days, February 17-19. The core … Continued

VISS 2017 Location and Venues

We are happy to announce the venues for the upcoming 2017 Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium! This year, VISS will take place in downtown Vancouver, centered around Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay at 412 West Hastings Street. Opening and closing ceremonies, … Continued

Update regarding VISS instructors

UPDATE: Steaphen Fick will no longer be attending VISS 2017. We had originally announced that he would be returning to lead a workshop, however Steaphen has had to withdraw due to a work commitment. So far, our confirmed instructors include … Continued

VISS intensive details!

We’re ready to announce more details for the VISS 2017 intensive workshops! The Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium has always been about the pursuit of mastery. That’s why we set up the intensive workshops, a chance to spend nine hours with … Continued

Devon Boorman - Mark Feenstra

Devon Boorman confirmed for VISS 2017

Among this year’s Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium intensive instructors will be Devon Boorman, co-founder and director of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay, one of the largest schools for historical European swordsmanship in the world. Devon is best known for his … Continued

Billeting needed

One of the ways that we help keep VISS affordable and build the community is by doing our best to host out-of-town attendees. If you’re based in Vancouver and you are able to host one or more VISS attendees, please … Continued

VISS 2017 Early Registration is Open!

Early registration is officially open for the 2017 Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium! Register now and you will receive a 20% early registration discount until our full schedule is announced in the coming months. To register, head on over to our … Continued

UPDATED: 2017 VISS T-Shirt Contest

Update: we’ve extended the deadline! VISS 2017 planning is well underway, but one thing we still need is a fantastic design for this year’s T-shirts. We are now accepting entries to the VISS 2017 T-Shirt design contest. Entries will be … Continued

VISS 2017: This vs. That

Greetings swordplay enthusiasts! The fourth Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is coming up in on February 17-19, 2017 and preparations are now well underway. We’ve started booking great instructors, and we want to let you in on some details, namely this … Continued

VISS 2017

The Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is a couple of weeks behind us now and plans have already begun for the 2017 event! We have already set the date for February 17-19, 2017. Please mark your calendars! We are now looking … Continued

Thank you!

What a great weekend! The 3rd Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium was a great success. This year our event ran an extra 3 days, starting with the Pen and Sword event at the Vancouver Public Library, the VISS Instructor Summit, and … Continued

Sunday lecture changes

Unfortunately, our guest lecturer Dr. Robert Rouse has come down with an illness and will not be available to speak at VISS tomorrow. However, Noelle Philips and Daniel Helbert will continue to offer their scheduled lecture entitled “Why Do We … Continued

Private lessons

VISS is shaping up to provide lots of opportunities for students of all levels! We now have more information available regarding our private lessons on offer. The following instructors will be available for private lessons during VISS:   Puck Curtis … Continued

Schedule updates and revisions

The schedule for VISS 2015 has changed! We have had to shuffle a few classes around to better accommodate our instructors, so please see our workshop schedule page to see the most up-to-date information. Fear not – no classes have … Continued

Lectures have been scheduled!

If you are looking forward to our lecture track this year, you’re in luck: The full lecture schedule is now available to see on our schedule page. We will be offering six lectures and one panel discussion through the day … Continued

New lecturers added

This year’s lectures are looking good, with great topics offered by martial arts instructors and academics alike. We’re proud to host academic lectures by Dr. Noelle Phillips, Dr. Robert Rouse, and Daniel Helbert of the University of British Columbia. In … Continued

New lectures and workshop descriptions added!

More details are now available about our workshops, including equipment and skill prerequisites when applicable. Also, our lecture track is looking fleshed out now with seven lectures to choose from! Check out our schedule page for descriptions. Check out what … Continued

Full workshop schedule now available!

The full workshop schedule for VISS 2015 has been finalized and is available our our workshop schedule page! Take a look to see the full list of our martial arts instructors, workshops, and schedule for the entire event. Two of … Continued

Bob Charrette confirmed as lecturer

Bob Charrette will be coming to VISS 2015 as a lecturer! Bob is an expert on the work of Fiore dei Liberi and author of the excellent book Fiore dei Liberi’s Armizare: The Chivalric Martial Arts System of il Fior … Continued

The VISS 2015 instructor list is final!

After some late changes in our instructor roster, we are happy to announce that our list of instructors for VISS 2015 is final! We welcome two new additions to our roster: Mark Mikita of the Mikita School of Martial Art … Continued

A whole week of training!

VISS 2015 is all about the pursuit of mastery. In keeping with that theme, we’re offering even more opportunities to train while you visit Vancouver for the symposium. By popular demand, we’re offering unlimited training at Academie Duello at a … Continued

Special hotel deal for VISS attendees

VISS 2015 is pleased to announce that the Victorian Hotel will once again be offering a special rate exclusively to Vancouver Swordplay attendees for their deluxe rooms as well as their B&B (shared bathroom) accommodations. The Victorian Hotel is a … Continued

Tom Leoni confirmed for VISS 2015

For his third VISS in a row, Tom Leoni will be joining us to teach at VISS 2015! Tom is an internationally recognized teacher of Italian swordplay arts and the leading translator of historical Italian martial texts. His translations have … Continued

Registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium (VISS) to be held March 27-29 at Academie Duello in Vancouver, BC, Canada! The 3-day symposium will include events which represent a range of Western martial arts traditions. VISS … Continued

Guy Windsor confirmed for VISS 2015

We have big news! The Italian intensive track at VISS 2015 will be taught by none other than Guy Windsor, all the way from the School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki, Finland! Guy is best known for his work with … Continued

Christian Tobler confirmed for VISS 2015

Christian Tobler of Selohaar Fechtschule will be joining VISS 2015 to teach a 3-day intensive! Christian specializes in historical German swordsmanship and is one of the best-known translators of German medieval texts. In 2013, Christian taught workshops on German dagger … Continued

Puck Curtis and Eric Myers confirmed for VISS 2015

We are proud to announce that Puck Curtis and Eric Myers of Sacramento Sword School will return to teach an intensive track at VISS 2015! Puck and Eric specialize in the sword arts of Spain and Portugal, and taught a … Continued

VISS 2015 is coming!

At long last, the 2015 Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is coming! VISS has been scheduled for March 27-29. This year’s theme is “the pursuit of mastery,” events such as: Hands-on workshops with a variety of world-renowned instructors from across North … Continued

Thank you for making VISS 2013 a success!

Wow, it’s been nearly a month since the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium, and we are so please that the event was such a success. We are so excited and proud to have such wonderful WMA/HEMA practicioners to share this diverse … Continued

Wear your VISS love with pride: Get your 2013 t-shirt

These 100% cotton t-shirts have exclusive VISS 2013 artwork on them, and are only available at the event. Order yours in-person or via phone from Academie Duello’s Front Desk, or purchase it during check-in at the Registration Desk. They will … Continued

Important Details for Attendees

Last Minute Sign-Ups Online Registration has now closed, but you may still register in person at Academie Duello (412 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC) or via phone by calling (604) 568-9907 between the hours of 12 pm to 8 pm, … Continued

Registration & Workshop Selection Updates

Some housekeeping notes for any VISS folks: Online Registration has now closed, but you may still register for the event in person at Academie Duello (412 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC) or via phone by calling (604) 568-9907 between the … Continued

VISS in the Vancouver Courier

There’s an article today about Academie Duello and the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium in the Vancouver Courier Newspaper. Check it out online here. Also check out the video that the Courier’s Jason Lang produced about Duello on their Youtube Channel: … Continued

World Class Authors coming to VISS

Is the pen truly mightier than the sword? We’ll have the chance to find out next month when three awesome authors who also happen to be martial artists drop in on VISS. Chris (CC) Humphreys Chris (CC) Humphreys came to … Continued

Just Three Weeks Away to Exciting Swordplay!

In three weeks time we will be opening our doors to sword fighters, instructors, authours, lecturers, and swordplay enthusiasts from around the world. This is going to be an exciting weekend of workshops, lectures, a fantastic gala party, and amazing … Continued

Volunteer for VISS (with perks!)

Our volunteer coordinator Katie still needs volunteers for the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium 2013. Volunteering is a great way to get work experience in a wide range of fields, or WMA-related perks. Working to help run an international event looks … Continued

Early Bird Deadline Extended

We know how busy the month of December can be with the holidays. We also know that sometimes you get a bit of cash in your Christmas stocking, or a nice chunk of Hannukah gelt (or whatever you choose to … Continued

First wave of Schedule updates and Instructor bios

We’re proud to announce a bunch of workshop descriptions have been added to the website as well as instructor biographies. If you were waiting to register until you knew there was something for you, (first of all shame on you, … Continued

Fly to VISS with a special deal from Air Canada

We’re happy to announce that Air Canada is the official Canadian airline for VISS 2013 and has provided a special promotion code for registered out-of-town attendees. It is through the support of companies and organizations like Air Canada that we’re … Continued

Tell All Your Friends… with cool VISS Badges

We want you to be able to share with your friends (via social networking, blogging, or email) that you’re attending VISS—and they should too. So we created this handy little VISS badges for you: Feel free to save it to … Continued

Special Rate at the Victorian Hotel for VISS attendees

We had excellent feedback from instructors and many guests during VISS 2011 who stayed at The Victorian Hotel in downtown Vancouver. It gives us great pleasure to offer a special rate for VISS attendee again in 2013. The Victorian Hotel … Continued

Call for 2 Organizational Volunteers

The Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is looking for two organizational volunteers. Please send a cover letter and CV to if you are interested. Time commitment will vary depending on the amount of work which needs to be done from … Continued

VISS 2013 Registration Now Open

We’re excited to announce registration for VISS 2013 is now open! There are a variety of ways to attend VISS depending on what you want to get out of the event. We offer two types of access—participation or observation—and you … Continued

Planning in Full Swing for VISS 2013

Things have been a little quiet here from us on the VISS Board of Directors, but rest assured we’re working hard to bring you an amazing event in February 2013. Registration will be going live in mid-October, with a short … Continued

Knight in armor.

Planning is Underway for VISS 2013

Planning is now underway for the VISS 2013 event. Check back with the blog in weeks to come about volunteer opportunities and the great things we have planned.


Testimonials from VISS 2011

From Sean Hayes: “Devon Boorman and the Academie Duello were amazing and gracious hosts, the organization of the event was top-notch, the Saturday Gala was a fantastic high class party, and most importantly, the students were highly skilled and really challenged the instructors to perform at their best…”


VISS 2011 – A Great Success

The 2011 Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium has come to a close and was a great success! Students and instructors alike enjoyed a three-day weekend of study and comradeship.