Stage Combat Training

Superior Stunt Fight Classes By Swordplay LA

Stage combat training by expert fencers at Swordplay LA.

Stage Combat at Swordplay LA

Need to learn some swordplay in preparation for a big role? Need to practice for a choreographed fight? Just need something to put on your resume?

The stage combat instructors at Swordplay LA teach stage combat in group settings in addition to private lessons. Our stage combat system has its roots in Olympic-style fencing, so every cut, thrust, and parry looks believably deadly.

Do I need to learn fencing before doing stage combat? 

Stage combat class at Swordplay LA fencing school

Some of the world's earliest and most renowned fight choreographers were Olympic level fencers. Ralph Faulkner (Captain Blood), William Hobbs (The Three Musketeers), and Bob Anderson (Star Wars and Princess Bride) were all fight choreographers and sword masters who trained and worked with famous swordsmen such as Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, and Basil Rathbone. Early actors who wanted to train in stage combat were required to learn sport fencing. Learning the fundamentals of fencing allowed for precision and awareness of the body through practiced movements to create an authentic and emotional fight.

Today, actors who learn stage combat are not required to learn fencing, but those that do can adapt to stage combat choreography quickly and smoothly. The crossover is in distance, timing, targets, and footwork. Training in sport fencing will give actors that extra edge of body awareness and focus while preparing them for long days on set.

Whether you are performing fight choreography or fencing for the final touch, it all comes down to staying focused on the task at hand and completing the necessary movements thoroughly and whole-heartedly!

Class Schedule

Swordplay LA currently offers two weapons-based stage combat classes during the week:

Tuesday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Simply visit Swordplay LA at the start times, pay the $25 class fee, and you’re ready to go. Check out our Prices to learn more about our private lesson rates.

Who’s it for?

Stage combat is for anyone looking to physically challenge themselves and safely learn fun fight choreography. Actors are also encouraged to participate as they may encounter fight choreography on set at some point in their career.

How to Get Started?

Schedule a free trial class with Swordplay LA today. From there we can point you in the direction of the perfect package to meet help you meet your goals!