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Welcome to Verdadera Destreza Ottawa, where we study the Spanish Christian swordfighting style ("la verdadera Destreza") used in Spain during the renaissance and early modern period.

We mostly follow the teachings of Geronimo de Carranza (1539 - 1608) and Luis Pacheco de Narvaez (1570 - 1640) via their books (both in Spanish):

Filosofia de las Armas... Geronimo de Carranza (1582)
Grandezas de la Espada... Luis Pacheco de Narvaez (1599)

Classes are accompanied by summary handouts so students will be able to look up the material for practice or reference as well as use the curriculum outline as a progress marker. Long-term students will eventually have made a book out of their handouts describing the entirety of Carranza's/Pacheco's swordfighting style.


Instruction is in English and/or Spanish, depending on the students.

----- COST -----

For practicing Christians: FREE!
For non-practicing Christians: $10/class

No equipment or specialized clothing required. Long-term students will probably eventually desire to purchase their own sparring sword and fencing helmet. There are no strict age requirements but this is a class for adults (so probably from 16 years old onwards, depending on the size of the potential student).

----- WHEN/WHERE -----

Currently classes are usually held in my apartment's squash courts (or at the nearby park if the weather is cooperative), at 2881 Richmond Rd.

The 97 and 11 buses pass directly in front of the building and there is free parking along nearby Grenon Ave. and paid visitor parking at the building's own parking lot.

Maximum four students per class, so you MUST contact me if you are interested in joining. No pop-ins.
text only (do not call): 613-620-6036

----- LIBRARY -----

While the above linked books form most of our curriculum, below are various other related books. If you feel that I am missing any Spanish swordfighting essentials, send me an e-mail.

Compendio de la Filosofia - Pacheco's edit of Carranza's book (1612)
Nueva Ciencia HANDWRITTEN - Pacheco (1625)
Nueva Ciencia PRINTED (1672) - Pacheco (1625)
Modo Facil y Nuevo - Pacheco (1625)
Engaño y desengaño - Pacheco (1635)
Metodo de Enseñanza - Diaz (1639)
Advertencias para la Enseñanza - Pacheco (1642)
Resumen de la verdadera Destreza - Arias (1667)
Comprension de Destreza - Vega (1681)
Resumen de la verdadera Destreza - Antonio (1688)
Cartilla y Luz - Tamariz (1696)
Nobleza de la Espada - Rada (1705)
Defensa de la VD - Rada (1711)
Repuesta a Rada - de la Paz (1712)
Principios Universales - Brea (1805)
Destreza del Sable - Frias (1809)
Esgrima de Bayoneta - Sanchez (1853)
Comprension de Destreza - Vega (1861)
Esgrima del Sable - Sanz (1886)
Espada Ropera en siglos xvi y xvii - Valle (1983)