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.
More information on Mr. Coyl
“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 Combat.
Specific dates and registration will be available later this summer.
September 30 – December 2 (Sold Out)
Learn to fight in the style seen in the Game of Thrones and Outlander TV series. Particular attention is paid to proper partnering and acting the fight. This class will cover the basics of Broadsword stage combat including attacks, defenses, close quarters techniques, and footwork. Participants will have the opportunity to take the Society of American Fight Directors skills proficiency test.
Rapier and Dagger
January 27 – March 31
Come take a class in the style of sword play featured in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Three Musketeers and Cyrano. Students will learn the basics of this theatrical style of double fence and have the opportunity to take the skills proficiency test for the Society of American Fight Directors. Guests are invited to observe the last class when students showcase their work and take their certification test.
April 7 – June 9
Come take a class in the style of Quarterstaff as seen in Lord of the Rings, Xena: Warrior Princess and Mortal Kombat. This class will cover the basics of staged quarterstaff combat including attacks, defenses, footwork, and more. Particular attention will be paid to proper partnering and acting the fight. Participants will have the opportunity to take the Society of American Fight Directors skills proficiency test. Guests are invited to observe the last class when students showcase their work and take their certification test.