Well, everybody who reads any of my posts knows how I feel about umbrellas. But did you know there is a whole other side to my life? It's true. I also love swords! In fact, I love swords so much that for the past several months I've been studying sword fighting twice a week at Academie Duello.
And now Academie Duello has combined umbrellas and self-defence with a 4 hour course called, what else, Umbrella Self-Defence! The class is today and I wish I could take it, but this just isn't a good time. They ran it last month too and had more than 20 people turn out, so I know they'll be doing it again soon and I hope to take it in the near future. When I do, you can be sure I'll blog about it!
This workshop is sort of an offshoot of their Bartitsu class, which combines stick or umbrella fighting, jiu jitsu, savate and English pugilism in a very Victorian form of self-defense.
Obviously, one doesn't go around looking for trouble but it's always helpful to be know how to keep yourself safe. Living in Vancouver pretty much guarantees you'll be carrying around an umbrella for large portions of the year. Doesn't it just make sense to know a few moves to make with it?