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Foundations Course Information

Fall 2023: September 10 - December 12

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 Fall 2023 Session is TBD - probably The weekend of December 16-17, or potentially a video test.


Unarmed SPT Course
Sundays 12:00pm - 3:00pm w/ CT Tom Ringberg
Mondays 6:30pm - 9:30pm w/ CT/FD Mike Lubke

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Unarmed stage combat forms the foundation of stage combat training and serves as a solid skillset for a performer's toolbox.  This course is designed to train performers in all the components of what it takes to present violence onstage using just the weapons of the body.  Ranging from all the elements necessary to convincingly stage a slap or a fall, to developing the attributes to pull off a high-octane fight scene, students who complete this course will be equipped to tackle the spread of challenges that an actor might face in their career.


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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Rapier and Dagger SPT Course
Sundays 6pm - 9pm
Tuesdays 6:30pm - 9pm
CT/FD Mike Lubke

A classic renaissance pairing, this is commonly in use at renaissance festivals across the country as well as the go-to style for both Romeo and Juliet and, famously, Laertes' favored weapon in his duel with Hamlet.  (That's two of his weapons, but, well.)  Working with a weapon in each hand of differing length is a challenge central to this style.  

This course will consist of a combination of exercises, drills, and choreography that gives the performer tools to fine-tune their distance, play simultaneous objectives, and make sure their entire body is fully at work in the scene.

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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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