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 Maesto Jeanette Martinez’ workshops are on a special schedule on Oct. 4th, please contact us right away for details.


Can I show up unregistered?
Yes, but it is better not 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


Come join in our special breed of Fun!

The 14th Annual
Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop
October 5th & 6th, 2013

Hosted by the University of the Arts

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

View Photos from 2008 Workshop!


Carrie Thiel, Fight Instructor, FDC

Michael Johnson, Fight Director, SAFD

Michael Mueller, Certified Instructor, SAFD

Darrell Rushton, Certified Teacher, SAFD

Charles Conwell, Fight Director, SAFD

John Bellomo, Fight Director, SAFD

Ian Rose, Fight Master, SAFD & FDC

J. Alex Cordaro, Certified Teacher, SAFD


Abandon & Flow

Non-human Movement

Jeet Kung Do/Fillipino Vs Karate

Performance Capture


George Silver Polearm


Rapier 1908

A Case of Rapiers

Way of the Intercepting Fist

Two Special events this year:

Maestro Jeanette Martinez of the Martinez Academy of Arms will be teaching

a Workshop in French Smallsword

Friday October 4th!

Only $125.00

Learn to fight the smallsword 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. 4th 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:

The Battle of Pelennor Fields

Classes in all eight SAFD disciplines and more! 

Renewals available Oct. 4th, 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

FM Brian Byrnes leads our participants in some Single Sword fun.

A stair skirmish from our Mass Battle -The Massacre of Paris

Jeannette Acosta-Martínez is a traditional master of arms, teaching classical and historical fencing. She began her training in 1982 under the tutelage of Maître d’Armes Frederick Rohdes, and after his death in 1984, continued with his protégé Maestro Ramón Martínez. In all, Maestro Acosta-Martínez has spent nearly three decades studying traditional fencing, both classical and historical. In 1995, she became an instructor at the Martínez Academy of Arms, the Academy’s business manager, and the chief assistant at all Maestro Martínez’s demonstrations and seminars.

In preparation for her Provost and Master certification, Maestro Acosta-Martínez devoted herself to learning the art of teaching, as well as extensively researching the fencing treatises of the classical and historical periods. In January 1999, she was instrumental in orchestrating a historical fencing exposition at St. Peter’s College, New Jersey, which had international participation and featured demonstrations not seen in public for more than 100 years. In May of 2000, she received her Master’s certification from the International Masters at Arms Federation and a second certification from the Martínez Academy of Arms the following November, thus becoming the only other Master certified to teach the Rohdes system of classical fencing and the Martínez system of Spanish rapier fence. Maestro Acosta-Martínez is also on the Board of Directors of the Association for Historical Fencing and was one of the original founding members of the International Masters at Arms Federation.

Maestro Acosta-Martínez has annotated and translated various works of classical and historical fencing over the years. She collaborated on the translation of Capo Ferro’s Gran Simulacro, published by Greenhill Press in 2004. She annotated and created some additional illustrations for the appendix of The School of Fencing by Domenico Angelo, published by Greenhill in 2005. In association with Palpable Hit
Productions, in 2009 she created a three-volume instructional DVD on the French school of small-sword, L’École Française: A Practical and Combative Guide to the French Small-sword.

In addition to being a master of arms she is also a professional restorer of antique furniture who specializes in works of the 17th and 18th centuries. This, together with her interest in antique weapons, led her to the study of fencing.

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

Carrie Thiel, FDC

of Lord of the Rings and Kingdom of Heaven joins us this year to teach some Mo-Cap and Orc Movement.

SAFD Certified Teacher Darrell Rushton will be teaching

the SAFD Firearms Safety Workshop

The fee for the Firearms workshop is an additional $150.00 and will take place all day on Friday, Oct. 4th and maybe a bit of Saturday morning as well.  

Learn to handle firearms for the stage or cinema!

SAFD Fight Director Lewis Shaw hard at work.