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SAFD Certification classes offer at least 30 hours of training in a specific weapon with a SAFD certified instructor. After completing training, students have the opportunity to perform a staged fight in that specific weapon for the instructor and receive a certificate in Basic or Recommended Proficiency.

We are proud to offer training through the Society of American Fight Directors and Vice President Chuck Coyl. Mr. Coyl has been teaching for the Actors Gymnasium since 1997. His work has been seen on stages in Chicago, New York, London and Sydney.
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“It really appeals to and engages students at a variety of levels…It moves fast, as the instructor is very skilled and a long-time performer.” – S. Meyers

Each session, Actors Gymnasiums offers training in one of eight techniques, Rapier and Dagger, Single Sword (sabre, single rapier, Hollywood swashbuckling), Broadsword, Broadsword and Shield, Smallsword, Knife, Quarterstaff, and Unarmed.

Upcoming Schedule

Single Sword

January 21 – March 25

Love classic action movies like Errol Flynn’s “Robin Hood” or “The Princess Bride”? Learn Single Sword, a theatrical style of sword play dating back to the golden age of Hollywood.

Single Sword is a theatrical style of sword play dating back to the golden age of Hollywood. Featured in the classic swashbuckling great movies of the 30’s and 40’s and modern classics like “The Princess Bride”. Influenced by modern sabre fencing, this is one of the most useful sword techniques to master. Particular attention will be paid to the safeties required to perform fights as well as how to connect stage combat techniques to text, character and intention. The course will conclude with a skills proficiency test. Students that pass will receive a Society of American Fight Director’s certificate in Single Sword. Taught by Society of American Fight Directors Vice-President Chuck Coyl.
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Small Sword

April 1 – June 3rd

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