I have been practicing Historical European Martial Arts for more than 25 years. These arts include disciplines such as the renaissance rapier, longsword, wrestling, knife, spear, and combat in armour. Since 2004 I have been the Director and Maestro d’Armi of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay in Vancouver, BC. We are a school devoted to the mastery of these arts and to self-empowerment.  I am also the authour of two DVDs and one book that you can read about below. I teach classes and week-long intensive programs at my school and workshops and seminars throughout the world.

My Published Works

Italian Rapier Book Italian Rapier DVD Italian Longsword DVD
Intro to Italian Rapier Book Rapier dvd Longsword dvd


Upcoming Workshops/Seminars

  • Capitol Clash DC HEMA Open, Washington DC, Jan 17-19, 2020
  • Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium Mar 6-8, 2020
  • Known World Academy of the Rapier, Edmonton AB, Apr 17-20, 2020

Upcoming Week Long Intensives

  • Feb 17 to 21, 2020 – Level 1 – Rapier & Longsword
  • Apr 20 to 24, 2020 – Level 2 – Rapier & Longsword
  • Jun 15 to 19, 2020 – Level 1 – Rapier & Longsword
  • Oct 19 to 23, 2020 – Level 1 – Rapier & Longsword

Information and registration.


“Devon Boorman is one of the best swordsmen I ever had the privilege to fence with. Moreover, equipped with an analytic mind and the ability to precisely articulate his insights gained in years of practice, competition and research, he is also gifted with the talent to impart his knowledge in a calm and highly instructive manner to the benefit of both novices and advanced students of historical fighting arts, as myself and thousands of practitioners who had the pleasure to take one of his classes can attest to.”
– Roland Warzecha, author of DVD “Sword and Shield – Basic principles and technique of medieval buckler combat.

“Devon and the Academie Duello are producing top caliber martial artists.”
– Maestro Puck Curtis, Sacramento Sword School

“Mr. Devon Boorman is one of the most accomplished swordspersons worldwide. Not only is his mastery of several weapon systems noteworthy, but [so is] the thoughtful and thorough curriculum of his school, Academie Duello.”
– Dierk Hagedorn, Co-author, interpretor, translator “Gladiatoria”


One of the most comprehensive resources on European swordplay and martial arts available online. My video university has over 400 videos from the foundations to advanced techniques. I put videos up free every week. Check it out here.

A Bit of My History

Swordplay is one of my life’s great passions. It all began for me in an underground parking lot in the early 1990s where I met a and learned with a small cadre of people passionate about historical fencing. Eventually this humble beginning led me to travel throughout the world to study, compete, and eventually teach. In 2004 I founded Academie Duello a centre devoted to teaching and reviving Western Martial Art and the chivalric ideals that surround it. Since that time Academie Duello has grown to be the largest school of its kind in the world with over 250 active practitioners with thousands more coming through our doors each year.

It has been a true pleasure to be at the forefront of a modern renaissance of an intricate and beautiful martial art. Many people are only familiar with swords and swordplay from movies and books and now they have an opportunity to learn the true art from history. Academie Duello has allowed me the opportunity to bring many dreams of wielding swords to life, and has fulfilled an even greater purpose helping people realize their best selves by getting in touch with their bodies, becoming inspired by their own capabilities, finding true passion, and connecting with a community that is welcoming and truly authentic.