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  workshops are on a special schedule on Oct. 2nd, 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 (609) 284-2033  

E-mail us at: or

Combat for the stage or screen!!

The Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop is Oct. 1st & 2nd!!!

Hosted by the University of the Arts

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

View Photos from 2008 Workshop!


Michelle Ladd-Williams, Certified Teacher, SAFD

Neil Massey, Fight Director, SAFD

Charles Conwell, Fight Director, SAFD

John Bellomo, Fight Director, SAFD

Payson Burt, Fight Director, SAFD

Ian Rose, Fight Master, SAFD & FDC

Alex Cordaro, Certified Teacher, SAFD

Oliver Donahue, Certified Instructor, FDC & SAFD

Terri McIntyre, Certified Instructor, FDC & SAFD


Knife and tomahawk

The Psychology of Killing

Accelerate Your Action

Sword Maintenence

High Falls

Musket and Bayonet

Fighting Left Handed

Domestic Violence

Fighting in Skirts and Heels

Motion Capture

Smallsword & Cloak


$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.

Sept. 30th 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:


Classes in all eight SAFD disciplines and more! 

Renewals available Sept. 30th, please contact us for details.

Call: (215) 802-3885 or (609) 284-2033 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

Maestro James Loriega teaching Navaja fighting against the wall.

Tanya Smith is an educator and fencer based out of New York City. Specializing in longsword, Tanya uses her knowledge as a lifelong athlete to build the foundation all sword students need by focusing on both biomechanics and technique. She is also invested in building the HEMA presence in rapier and sidesword in her region.

In 2015, Tanya transitioned from being a student to teaching her own children’s classes in German longsword at Sword Class NYC. In addition to historical fencing, Tanya has taught foil at various schools in the New York City area since 2013.

Tanya balances her teaching and administrative responsibilities with competitive fencing. In 2014, she competed in women’s Longsword and Sidesword, earning 1st place and 3rd respectively, and finishing 3rd overall in the women’s division. At Fechtschule New York 2015, Tanya finished 2nd place in women’s longsword. Most recently, in 2016, Tanya placed 2nd in women’s longsword at Fecht Yeah’s inaugural event.

Looking to increase opportunities for HEMA in New York City, Tanya founded HEMA Events in 2016 and immediately started organizing seminars and tournaments. Fecht Yeah, an event that caters to the needs of women practitioners, launched in May. Fecht Yeah, along with Tanya, were covered by the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and CNN’s Great Big Story.

Tristan Zukowski-

Tristan Zukowski has been involved with Historical European Martial Arts since 2009, when he began training in German longsword, Liechtenauer method, at the New York Historical Fencing Association (NYHFA). Since 2011, Tristan has instructed at several NYHFA branches, including New York City and Saugerties and travels regularly to give seminars and workshops.

Tristan has run cutting mechanics clinics at national and international HEMA events: Longpoint (MD, USA) from 2013 – 2016; Fechtschule New York from 2014 – 2016; Schwertkampf Yaomachtia (D.F., Mexico) in 2014; and Iron Gate Exhibition (MA, USA) in 2014. He has also been a guest instructor at individual HEMA schools, such as the Historiallisen Miekkailun Seura EHMS (Helsinki, Finland) in 2015.

A proponent in the martial aspect of sword arts, Tristan’s curricula focus on body mechanics for efficient and precise manipulation of the weapon. He uses solo and paired drills (often with minimal or no protective gear), test cutting with sharp weapons, and sparring to refine and validate technique.

For Tristan Zukowski, 2016 is a year of outreach and collaboration. He has traveled to London’s School of the Sword to teach cutting mechanics. That same month, Tristan developed Schwertübungen Siebenbürgen, an introductory course to Liechtenauer’s longsword for the burgeoning HEMA community in Romania. In collaboration with Cory Winslow of the Medieval European Martial Arts Guild, Tristan co-taught workshops at several regional events, and is developing a capsule informational series for Youtube.

Beyond the HEMA community, Tristan consults freelance for a variety of artists and presents at public, private, and academic fora, such as the Ashokan Bladesmith’s Symposium (2016). Tristan is driven to provide quality German longsword instruction for all.

There is an additional $125.00 fee for the Longsword 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 $50.00 (available only with purchase of weekend workshop)

Special event this  year:

Tanya Smith


a Workshop in Historical Longsword

Learn to fight the Longsword for real!