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

We will be following the teachings of Geronimo de Carranza (1539 - 1608) and Luis Pacheco de Narvaez (1570 - 1640) via their books, linked below (both books are in Spanish):

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

Classes will be 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 Spanish swordfighting.


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

----- COST -----

$10 per class, payable in cash at the end of class.
(if, having tried out a class, you feel that this course isn't for you, you will not have to pay)

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

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

Saturdays 11am - 1pm (starting from the 23rd of September onwards)
Tuesdays 6pm - 8pm (26th onwards)
Thursdays 6pm - 8pm (28th onwards)
NB: class times have been changed slightly. These are the correct times.
Currently classes will be held in my apartment's squash courts (or at the nearby park if the weather is unusually warm), 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.

There is a strict maximum of six students per class, therefore ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS MUST CONTACT ME if they're interested in attending:
text only (do not call): 613-620-6036
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