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GAME OF THRONES

Af­ter a few lessons at the Academie Duello, any Van­cou­verite would have a shot of steal­ing the Iron Throne. As the city’s pre­mier sword­play es­tab­lish­ment, the Academie teaches armizare: a me­dieval Ital­ian com­bat sys­tem de­signed to train knights for the bat­tle­field and du­elling ground. Its down­town stu­dio spe­cial­izes in in­struct­ing lo­cals on the fun­da­men­tals of wield­ing a longsword, sidesword, and poleaxe, while its part­ner farm in Rich­mond of­fers ev­ery­thing from horse­back com­bat to mounted archery and fal­conry. Fair warn­ing—those me­tal swords are heav­ier than they look.

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