Historical Weapons Training

Want to channel your Historic Warrior?

Then join our exciting Historical Weapons Training.

Following the incredible success of our Viking Warrior Training program, we have built a new and exciting program around the use of a variety of period weapons. You will have a chance to work with a one and two handed broadsword, axes, pikes, sword and buckler, saexes (long knife) and an assortment of others. This fun yet challenging program will teach novices and people with previous experience the methods of using a these historic weapons.

No experience? No problem, our qualified Teaching Assistants will get you up to speed with all the basic skills you need to participate. We focus on learning the historic weapon skills in a fun, supportive environment that can be tailored to your skill level.The classes are divided up into warmup and review, introduction of new material and then a chance for you to apply the new techniques on one of the instructors. The last portion of each class is open to Free Sparring (with the proper personal sparring equipment) where you can test yourself against the instuctors and other fellow students.


sword and shield

Co-ed  |  Ages 14+  |  Thursday 7:30pm-9:00pm

The focus is on improving the use of fighting tactics, improved development of attributes for fitness, and building better strategies for fighting, all within a safe and fun community of friends.

Hand Axe:

October 17 - December 12 (no class Oct 31)


December 19 - Feb 20

Short Staff:

Feb 27 - April 23
(no class on March 12th)

Bowie Knife:

April 30 - June 18th

Gunstock War Club:

June 25 - August 20th (no class July 2nd)

Andy Keyworth

Andy Keyworth


A lifelong martial arts student, Andy is the head instructor of our Sword-and-Shield classes, and the developer of Warrior Legacy Martial Arts Program.

Andy regards historical personal combat and martial arts as a way to touch the “warrior spirit”— understanding part of the skills, mindset, and training that warriors in different cultures must have experienced that enabled them to survive conflict; and drawing lessons for today. 

Andy brings a deep knowledge of martial arts and warrior cultures to his classes, and believes that rigorous training in martial arts can help people today to overcome modern obstacles.

​Credentials and Experience​:
  • 20+ years’ experience in martial arts including Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Indigenous/Colonial American and European styles
  • Holds the rank of Yondan (4th dan) in the Jinenkan, and serves as the only Canadian Shibu-Cho ("district leader")
  • Trained in tomahawk, bowie knife, war club, long sword, cane, and archery
  • Associate Instructor of Martial Blade Concepts, a system of small personal-knife use and defense, as well as empty-hand tactics
  • Has taught martial arts and combatives seminars to civilians and police personnel across Canada; and in San Diego, New York City, Sweden, and Japan.

Warriors of the Light  offers programming designed to connect men, women and children with their inner-warrior spirit, establishing true authentic power, confidence and purpose from the inside-out. 

Street : 9 Capella Court, Nepean

Email : warriors@warriorsofthelight.ca

Phone : +613.842.0272