On the first day, registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The day starts at 9 a.m. for a warm up. Then classes go from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m., then lunch (remember we provide the cheesesteaks) then 2–6 p.m.

Renewals and the Martinez’ workshops are on a special schedule on Oct. 3rd, please contact us right away for details.


Can I show up unregistered?
Yes, but it is better to let us know you are coming ahead of time as class sizes are limited and we want to ensure everyone gets to participate.

What else is there to do in Philadelphia?
Lots and lots! Check out this link to

How do I get a t-shirt?  So do I need to order a t-shirt now in order to get one?
Add your size and neck preference, v-ncek or crew to your registration.  YES, you must order and pay before Sept. 10th in order to get a t-shirt. 




We can only accept credit card

payment online.  The days of the

workshop we can only accept

cash or checks. 



For more information call (215) 802-3885 or (717) 226-0339  

E-mail us at: or


Fun. Fights. Mass Battles.

Come join our Melee.

The 15th Annual
Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop
October 4th & 5th, 2014

Hosted by the University of the Arts

at the Gershman Y
401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

View Photos from 2008 Workshop!


Nicole Callender, Stuntwoman and Certified Teacher, SAFD

Robert Hamilton, Certified Teacher, SAFD

Robert Westley, Fight Director, SAFD

Charles Conwell, Fight Director, SAFD

John Bellomo, Fight Director, SAFD

Payson Burt, Fight Director, SAFD

Ian Rose, Fight Master, SAFD & FDC

J. Alex Cordaro, Certified Teacher, SAFD


Stun, Stagger & Stop: African Walking Stick

Floating on Air

Improv Combat

Gurka Slasher: Kukri Fighting

Silent Killer

Found Weapon Frenzy

Stunt Fighting

I’ve Fallen and I can’t get up!

Rapier & Cloak

Leaping Lizards

Liancourt Smallsword Exercize

Two Special events this year:

Maestro Ramon Martinez will be teaching

a Workshop in Historical Italian Rapier & Dagger

Friday October 3rd!

Only $125.00

Learn to fight the Rapier & Dagger for real!


$350.00 at the door
10% discount w/registration by Sept. 10th
10% Discount SAFD/Equity membership, instructor OR student ID

$175.00 Single Day

Sorry, but this year we had to add a $35.00 non-refundable deposit.

Oct. 3rd is the recert day for those who need to retest in the SAFD disciplines. If you are planning on coming to this you need to let us know right away, so we can arrange the pairings. There is an additional $95 fee.

Lots of fun AND your tuition includes continental breakfast, cheesesteak lunch a t-shirt (depending on availability) and a weekend of classes.

We are having a weapons table for purchases during lunch the first day.

Everyone is invited to a gathering of participants Saturday night at a local Pub, all are welcome.  We have a room with cash bar and pub grub.

Our Grand Melee this year:

I Bite My Thumb at You!!!

Classes in all eight SAFD disciplines and more! 

Renewals available Oct. 3rd, please contact us right away for details.

Call: (215) 802-3885 or (717) 226-0339 or E-mail us at: or for further details.

“I don't mean this as a suck up at all, but all workshops I go to now will have a tough time matching the enjoyment I had at Philly...I truly enjoyed everything at Philly!!”-Bette Cassett

Thank you!  And thank you for all you do for the Cheesesteak!  It RAWKS!"  -Shelly Riggs

Scenes from some of our past melees. 

FD Charles Conwell and Maitre D’Armes Jacques Cappelle above.  Below Fight Master J. David Brimmer and Maestro Jeanette Acosta-Martinez teaching Historical Smallsword.

Ramón Martínez is a traditional master of arms, teaching classical and historical fencing. He studied with the late Maître d’Armes Frederick Rohdes in New York City for ten years. Maître Rohdes was one of the last fencing masters to teach fencing as a martial art. During that time Maestro Martínez became assistant and protégé of Maître Rohdes and was the only one of his pupils permitted to teach with full authorization at the Rohdes Academy. In late 1982, shortly before his death, Maître Rohdes conferred the rank of Fencing Master on Maestro Martínez.

Maestro Martínez is an inheritor of a “Living Tradition” generations old and a highly respected scholar of historical fencing. He has devoted nearly four decades to the study, practice and teaching of classical and historical fencing. In addition to the instruction in historical fencing that he received during his training with Maître Rohdes, he has also done and continues to conduct extensive research in historical fencing. Maestro Martínez has spent years researching many of the detailed treatises of the schools and systems left by some of the most prominent masters of the past in his effort to accurately reconstruct some of these systems. These historical forms are then taught as authentically as possible. His goal and responsibility is to teach, promote, and preserve these rare martial arts.

He is the world’s preeminent authority on the Spanish school of fencing La Verdadera Destreza. He has brought more international recognition and respect for the Spanish school than any other master and swordsman within the last one hundred and fifty years. He has specifically devoted over a quarter of a century to the research, reconstruction and resurrection of this unique school. In association with Palpable Hit Productions, Maestro Martínez has created two instructional DVDs for rapier fencing: a two volume set for the Spanish School La Verdadera Destreza: The True Art and Skill of Spanish Swordsmanship and another two volume set for the Italian School La Scherma Italiana: The Basics of Italian Rapier Fencing which have gained international attention becoming top sellers.

Maestro Martínez is the director of the Martinez Academy of Arms in New York City. He is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Historical Fencing, founded to promote, preserve and revive classical and historical fencing. He was one of the original founders of the International Masters at Arms Federation and currently fencing advisor to the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts.

Maestro Martínez has made himself available for lectures, seminars, workshop demonstrations and presentations worldwide. He collaborated on the translation of Gran Simulacro by Capo Ferro, published in 2004 by Greenhill Press. As president of the AHF he has been instrumental in the republication of fencing works by Dover Publications and has written the forewords for Old Sword Play, Cold Steel: The Art of Fencing with the Sabre and The Sword Through the Centuries all by Alfred Hutton. These republications also include Schools and Masters of Fencing: From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century by Egerton Castle.

There is an additional $125.00 fee for the Martinez Workshop.

Stab, Cut and Punch!!

an additional day of workshop!!!!!!

Due to space constraints these classes are limited to:

Smallsword (Stab)

Knife (Cut)

& Unarmed (Punch)

An additional day of workshop at only $35.00 (available only with purchase of weekend workshop)