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.