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Foundations Course Information

Spring 2024: February 18 - May 24

SAFD Skills Test Courses

Our SPT Foundations courses all culminate in the opportunity to take part in the Skills Proficiency Test for the Society of American Fight Directors.  The SAFD is the largest stage combat training organization in the country, serving as a network of professionals who collaborate and cross-train to maintain a set of professional standards in the field of stage combat.  All our courses exceed the 30-hour minimum training requirement to ensure students are well prepared to enter the professional realm at a high level of proficiency.

Participating in an SAFD test event is not required to participate in the full course, but does gives you the opportunity to have your skills observed and critiqued by a third-party eye with decades of professional experience.  SAFD adjudicators are collegiate program heads, Broadway choreographers, and award-winning fight coordinators for blockbuster films.  It is a unique opportunity in arts education to have your skills compared against a national industry standard.

The adjudication for the Spring 2024 Foundations courses will be on Friday, May 24th.

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Quarterstaff SPT Course
Sundays 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Mondays 6:30pm - 9:30pm 


Encompassing a variety of historical styles and aesthetics - ranging from Egyptian tahtib, to classic English robin hood, to Shaolin spear, we'll dive into the diverse array of ways to connect the performer to one of the simplest props in existence.  Beyond attacks and defenses, students will learn how to ground themselves for stability and power, as well as deepen their understanding of leverage, angles, and biomechanics.


The course will consist of drills and exercises that mix practical application and understanding of combative techniques with the truths of what it takes to safely perform them as part of a compelling story.

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Two-Handed Sword SPT Course
Sundays 6pm - 9pm
Tuesdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm

It’s finally happened: The SAFD Governing Body has relabeled and revised their curriculum formerly known as Broadsword into Two-Handed Sword.  Drawn heavily from historical martial principles found in many cultures, possibly most popularly European longsword and Japanese katana, this style is featured throughout contemporary storytelling, from the knights of Shakespeare's histories all the way to science fiction laser swords.  This class will get students attuned to moving the weapon effectively and efficiently, engaging the whole body for dynamic storytelling opportunities.

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How Do I Register?

Head on over to our Registration page to get started.  There you can pick a course, enter your contact information, and pay your deposit to hold your spot in class.

One Discipline: $400

Two Disciplines: $750


Our classes require a non-refundable $50-per-course deposit (which goes towards the full tuition) at the time of registration.  To sign up for multiple courses, simply register for each course you're interested in individually, and process each deposit separately.  We will handle the remaining balance in-person with flexible payment plans available. 

After you register, you will need to send in an image of your vaccination card to confirm your vaccination status.  If you do not have your card, please contact us and we will see what alternate verification we can secure.

Cancellation Policy: due to class sizes being limited, barring special circumstances, any cancellations occurring after the 2nd session of classes will be responsible for the full course tuition.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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