Course Information

Spring 2022
Session Runs Feb 6 - May 27

SAFD Skills Test Courses

Our Spring 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 2022 sessions will take place in Late May, exact date TBD (somewhere near Memorial Day weekend)


Covid-19 Protocols

At Art In Arms, we're committed to the safety of our students and staff.  That includes safety from viruses in addition to the physical risks involved with performative combat.  In order to minimize the risk associated with the Covid-19 virus, we are requiring that all students and staff provide proof of full vaccination status (including booster for those recommended to have them) prior to entering the building.  Furthermore, we will follow all CDC recommendations and local directives regarding sanitation procedures and mask use (which, as of January 2022, includes wearing a mask indoors for all individuals in Ramsey County).  To further reduce exposure risk and to optimize the learning experience, we are limiting registrations to 6 participants per section.

A Note on Waitlists

This semester, we're trying something a little different - we are only offering a single section of each class, all on Sundays -At First-.  Each class will have a waitlist, and should we exceed our class limit by enough to justify opening a second section of the course, we will add an additional class section on whatever -weekday evening- that works best for all those interested.

It is our hope that this keeps class sizes at the optimal for the student experience, makes it easier for those students who wish to participate in multiple courses, as well as helping to tailor our schedule to suit the needs and demands of our community.

Sword and Shield SPT Course
Sundays 1:00pm-3:30PM (FULL)
Overflow class TBD

Instructor: FD/CT Mike Lubke

Come channel your inner warrior and learn how to perform fights like those featured in Gladiator, Wonder Woman, Troy, and countless Shakespearian histories. If you've ever wanted to perform in She Kills Monsters, or make your way into a viking battlefield for the screen, this is your chance to build those skills.

This course  is designed to give students all the tools they need to confidently and convincingly perform theatrical violence that is both safe and dramatically effective.  No prior experience necessary.  Whether you're a performer, choreographer, or just someone who wants to get a bit of a workout on weekends while swinging swords around, this class is for you.

Two-Handed Sword SPT Course
Sundays 4:00PM-6:30PM (FULL)
Overflow section Tuesdays 7:00PM - 9:30PM

FD/CT Mike Lubke

The SAFD recognizes "broadsword" as a catch-all style of swordfighting with both hands on the weapon.  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.  

This course will consist of exercises, drills, and choreography that fuse acting intentions with practical techniques in a variety of aesthetics. Students will be prepared to perform two-handed sword techniques in whatever discipline the story calls for.


Rapier and Dagger SPT Course
Sundays 7:00pm-9:30PM (FULL)
Overflow class Mondays 7:00PM - 9:30PM (FULL)

Instructor: CT Don Preston

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.

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.

Single Course: $400

Two Courses: $750

Three Courses: $1050 (the diehard special)


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 week 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