Fight for Life

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If, after family brunch, your answer is “I dunno”, then why not come out and watch local Historical European martial artists swing swords for charity? There will be food, fights and fun for the kids, armoured combat and a special birthday treat for a little princess, with all proceeds going to the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. You can make a donation on the Fight for Life page of the YSB, or in person at Hintonburg Park in Ottawa, between 10AM and 4PM. In fact, through the simple act of eating a hot dog, you are contributing to a worthy cause!

Come out and help us help Ottawa’s youth!

To make a donation online:

Fight for Life

Have you seen the New York Times article on modern competitive longsword? If not, check it out here:

Now that you’ve seen it, did you know there was a group in the Ottawa area dedicated to reviving those arts? Better yet, you can come out and see them in action!

October 5th, from 10 to 4 at Hintonburg park,  is the fundraising tourney for the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, and we’d like your support. Of course, by support, we mean coming out to watch medieval sword fighting at its best, by local martial artists supporting a local cause..

The YSB will be taking donations on site, or through the YSB website here:

Fight for Life 2013, with thanks to Robert Faubert
Fight for Life 2013, with thanks to Robert Faubert

There will be both unarmoured and armoured fencing, with the armoured deed taking place roughly around noon, at the peak of interest. There is also a BBQ where you can eat and refresh yourselves, all while contributing to the cause. Every hot dog eaten is a donation!

Spread the word, support a fighter, and come out and enjoy the day – and some hot dogs!

New Season Begins!

dui_mano-300x282As September rolls around and the school year starts, so too does a new session begin for your swordplay fix with Les Maîtres d’Armes! Fundamentals classes will be beginning September 17th, at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 Des Pères Blancs avenue. You can pre-register through the City website, or on-site the first day of classes. The Fundamentals classes cover the basic requirements up to the rank of Scholar, and forms the springboard for the rest of our offerings.

Likewise, the Bolognese side sword and Rapier study groups will be back in full swing starting Monday, September 8th at 7:00 and 8:30PM respectively.

Finally, to help you decide if this is for you, you can come visit us at our open house Wednesday, September 10th at our usual location, from 7:30 to 9:00PM. We’ll have stations set up so you can try different aspects of the Art, and you can ask questions of our instructors and students. This is your chance to try it out!

Fundamentals Classes Begin Wednesday



If you or someone you know have ever wanted to try swordsmanship, this Wednesday, January 8th is the time to try. If you’ve already tried it, then you know you love it, and you need to be there!

Classes start again for the new year on January 8th at 7PM at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre, 300 des Pères Blancs avenue, Ottawa. You can register with the City of Ottawa on the first day of classes, for which you’ll want to arrive a little early.

What do you need? Appropriate sports footwear (e.g. running shoes), sports attire (avoid shorts, long sleeves are preferred) and your smile. We’ll provide the rest!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Fall Session

Have you ever dreamed of being a knight? Swashbuckling like in the movies? Then perhaps it’s time you made your fantasy reality! Come try the martial art of Armizare with Les Maîtres d’Armes.

A new session begins Wednesday, October 2nd at 19:00 at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre, 300 avenue des Pères Blancs, Ottawa. Registration can be handled on the first night of class, or if you prefer to pre-register, simply do so through the City’s website here:

You can find a map here.


Les Maîtres d’Armes practise a medieval martial art known as Armizare, passed down through manuscripts from 15th century Italy. It includes a variety of disciplines, including wrestling, dagger, longsword, sword in one hand, spear and armoured combat, which encapsulates a form of sword combat known as “half-swording” as well as pollaxe combat from Le Jeu de la Hache, a Burgundian manuscript dedicated to the use of the most knightly of weapons: the pollaxe.

Beginners will be introduced to the core disciplines and the concepts thereof, which is to say wrestling, dagger and longsword, with an emphasis on balance, structure, fluidity and building the skills necessary to progress as a martial artist and swordsman/woman.

Second Annual Fight for Life

Les Maîtres d’Armes is happy to announce our second annual “Fight for Life” event in support of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. This event is being held in Hintonburg Park, behind the Hintonburg Community Centre from 10 to 4 on Saturday, September 28th.

With thanks to Robert Faubert
With thanks to Robert Faubert

This event will help provide funds directly to a community organisation helping youth in our community, and we would ask anybody interested in watching or participating medieval swordplay to encourage us by coming out, cheering us on, donating to support your favourite fighter, and getting some delicious BBQ food available on site, proceeeds of which will also benefit the YSB.

Prospective fighters will be sent invitations, and they may register through the website. Pledges can be donated either through the fighters themselves or by visiting the website and supporting a fighter or simply making a donation. You may find the website here:


The event will also be marked by free medieval swordplay lessons, games and activities for the kids, an arms and armour display, and of course, the fighting both in and out of armour. A schedule will be posted shortly, stay tuned!

You may find more information on the event’s FaceBook page, the Les Maîtres d’Armes website or mirrored on the LMA Facebook page.


Fall Session Begins Soon

October 2nd marks the beginning of our fall session. If you have an interest in medieval swordplay, this is your chance to become the
IMG_0060knight you always knew was hidden within you! Classes cover fundamental swordplay concepts, as well as medieval wrestling and dagger combat. If you’d like a chance to come by and talk to us, our doors are always open, every Wednesday evening at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre, 300 Avenue des Pères Blancs. Better yet, come out and see us at Hintonburg Park, where we’re holding a fundraising Feat of Arms for the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. There will be food, fighting, free lessons, and games for the kids. You can both get a glimpse of what we do and help out a worthy cause!

You can find the Fight for Life support page here:

Whichever way you decide to go, we will be happy to welcome you and answer any questions you may have. Class registration is through the City, either at the front desk on the first night of classes, or through the City’s website here:

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

Two Weeks for Early Bird Registration


borealis_t-shirt-sword-outline_blueThe final date for early bird registration is but two weeks away – if you were considering coming to Borealis, now is the time to organise your schedule! And what you didn’t know is that along with having top instructors present and participating in a day of fighting in the lists, you will be contributing to a worthy cause! Sunday’s lunch will be a charity BBQ to raise funds for the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, an organisation dedicated to helping today’s youth. Every hot dog you eat will help support the local youth, and yes, there will be options for vegetarians! In short, this event is good for body and soul, so register now, while places remain and before the price goes up!



Spring session begins April 3rd!


IMG_2868What with Easter and the coming spring temperatures, Spring Fever is here! Shake out the cobwebs, get out and work off that excess energy you’ve stored up over winter! Our next session begins Wednesday, April 3rd at 7PM at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre (300 avenue des Pères Blancs, Ottawa). You can enrol online, or sign up at the front desk on the first day of classes.

If you’re looking for a fun way to get fit and learn medieval swordplay in Ottawa, this is for you – come join us!

Announcing Borealis – An International Swordplay Gathering Held in Ottawa, June 15-16, 2013

We are delighted to announce Borealis, an international swordsmanship event hosted by Les Maîtres d’Armes in Ottawa, Canada on the weekend of June 15-16, 2013.
swordplayThis gathering will be the first of its kind in the region, and the goal is to celebrate the Historical European Martial Arts by holding a twofold event. Borealis will feature a full day of classes replete with renowned instructors from the United States and Canada as well as the Pas du Solstice, a day of fighting within the lists loosely done in the style of a passage of arms, where challenges with different weapons are issued and accepted by fighters who will be separated into various historical “factions.” Also featured will be an invitational armoured feat of arms where the art of historical combat will be represented in its most resplendent form.

Due to the limited number of spaces, registration will begin by invitation, and be opened up to the general public as we get responses from the various groups in the region. If you’d like an invite, and we’ve forgotten you, by all means let us know at

The event price of $135 for early birds ($155 after April 15th) includes the full day of classes, which will be divided into two tracks to better accommodate the number of people, and admission to the Pas du Solstice, the name given to the feat of arms to be held on the Sunday as well as an event T-shirt. Inexpensive meals will be available to participants, as prepared by the on-site Sugar Shack. Please indicate if you will be partaking of this service on the registration form so we can inform the Sugar Shack as to how many mouths for which they must prepare food. Saturday evening will feature a group outing to local restaurant, where the group can meet, relax and get to better know one another.

Accommodations will be provided by the Welcome Inns, 1220 Michael Street. A group rate of $95 per night has been arranged, provided you reserve your room before May 15th. Please see Accomodations for more information.

More information will be forthcoming as the event organisation progresses – to keep abreast of updates, please subscribe to our Facebook page or visit us at