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Rage Against Normality – Sports de Combats

Sports de Combats - Archery Lessons, Montreal, Quebec

Admittedly, throwing axes and knives, shooting arrows at my friends, and smashing the crap out of stuff isn’t my typical Sunday afternoon but when have I ever been interested in typical? Since moving to Montreal, I found an enchanted forest, golden lanterns set ablaze at the botanical garden, an aerial obstacle course set in pirate ships, and now a place where I can use bows and foam-tipped arrows in an arena of inflatable obstacles. I love this place! Sports de Combats is a recreational sports and entertainment facility offering massive NERF and archery battles, a Rage Cage, a knife and axe throwing range, and archery lessons. I tested them all on Sunday and left so full of adrenaline that I felt like I’d just jumped out of a plane.
Knife Throwing at Sports de Combats, MontrealWe started the afternoon at Sports de Combats learning the skills of medieval warriors and Vikings. Seriously, is there anything more “The Purge” like than learning to wield an axe as a weapon, especially a few days before Halloween? Don’t get me wrong, I was pretty good and I liked it. The fact that Cord was exceptionally good might have been a little disturbing though. Let’s hope in an apocalypse, he’s on my side.
Rage Cage, Sports de Combats, MontrealRage Cage at Sprots de Combats, MontrealNext up was the Rage Cage. I’ve never had the urge to break something before but one hit of a delicate glass vase and I was ready to smash something and watch it fly. I used the baseball bat at first and noticed it just made dents but the crowbar did some serious damage. We destroyed a computer tower until it was tiny pieces scattered all over the room. You really have no idea how satisfying it is until you try it.
Archery Lessons at Sports de Combats, MontrealAn arrow was always my favorite weapon of choice so archery lessons was the highlight of my afternoon. We learned the basic safety concepts, basic archery form, and an understanding of the way of the bow and equipment. I won’t lie and say I popped that balloon. I also won’t lie and say Cord didn’t, but I really felt like it was something where I could become more skilled and accurate. I’m ready to take more lessons and already planning my return visit.Archery Battle at Sports de Combats, MontrealWe put our new skills to work in an archery battle. Combat Archery uses bows and foam-tipped arrows in an arena of inflatable obstacles. We were competing against teens and each other but it was a healthy dose of fitness and competition. I felt exhilarated every time I shot someone. They were moving targets and had places to hide. Who wouldn’t smile after shooting someone in those conditions? I was like a professional. I could audition for the next Hunger Games. (You weren’t there to see just how terrible I was so I may need to point out that I’m being sarcastic, but I loved every second of it.)
Axe Throwing at Sports de Combats, MontrealMy adrenaline was jacked up as we made our way back to the car. Sports de Combats is a testament to stepping outside of your normal for an amazing new experience. I loved the combined competition and fitness and take pride in learning something new.

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14 thoughts on “Rage Against Normality – Sports de Combats

  1. Tammy says:

    You are right. This wouldn’t be a typical day for me either. BUT I do love to destroy things. The reason why I love flipping homes and demo day!!

  2. Tammy says:

    You are right. This wouldn’t be a typical day for me either. BUT I do love to destroy things. The reason why I love flipping homes and demo day!!

  3. Kim Croisant says:

    All I can say is I love archery AND just happen to be going tonight. It helps when your husband works there. We love the sport.

  4. Kim Croisant says:

    All I can say is I love archery AND just happen to be going tonight. It helps when your husband works there. We love the sport.

  5. Beth Davidson says:

    Wow, this would be so fun! I’ve seen destruction rooms before but I’ve never actually had the chance to visit one.

  6. Beth Davidson says:

    Wow, this would be so fun! I’ve seen destruction rooms before but I’ve never actually had the chance to visit one.

  7. Cassie S says:

    I think this would be a blast! It would be a great stress reliever for my. I don’t know that there are any of these around me, but I would love to find one 🙂

  8. Cassie S says:

    I think this would be a blast! It would be a great stress reliever for my. I don’t know that there are any of these around me, but I would love to find one 🙂

  9. roxy says:

    That rage cage is hilarious! Who hasn’t wanted to go all Office Space on a printer?? I love archery and this looks like such a fun place to visit! Love a good active day like this.

  10. roxy says:

    That rage cage is hilarious! Who hasn’t wanted to go all Office Space on a printer?? I love archery and this looks like such a fun place to visit! Love a good active day like this.

  11. Brynn says:

    Whoa! How refreshing to see a woman embrace these “masculine” sports. Every woman needs to know how to throw an ax, right?

  12. Brynn says:

    Whoa! How refreshing to see a woman embrace these “masculine” sports. Every woman needs to know how to throw an ax, right?

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