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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 Combat.

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Unarmed Combat

Sundays 10am – 1:30pm ($475, 9/19 – 12/21)

This class will cover basic techniques needed to create a safe and effective fight for the stage. Students learn the basics of all aspects of unarmed stage combat, falling, grappling, punches, kicks, etc. 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.

Society of American Fight Directors (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.
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