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Combat Certification Intensive

11-day intensive training with opportunity for certification in two Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) weapon disciplines.  All classes take place at Frederick Gunn School in Washington, CT.

Tuesday - Friday, June 14th-24th, 2022

Daily Schedule

  • 10am - 1pm: Morning Session (UNARMED or SWORD & SHIELD)
  • 1pm-2:30pm: Lunch
  • 2:30pm - 5:30pm: Afternoon Session (RAPIER & DAGGER or BROADSWORD)
  • 5:30pm-7pm: Dinner
  • 7:00 - 9pm: Occasional Masterclasses, Social Outings, Relaxation Time, or Rehearsals

Fighting for Film Intensive

2-day hands on training in performing fights on camera, including techniques for adapting to various shot setups, stunt and camera specific terminology, and best practices on set. Come grab some new reel footage and meet some incredible industry contacts!

Saturday, June 25th, 2022: Noon - 7pm
Sunday, June 26th, 2022:
10am - 6pm

Daily Schedule

  • Morning Classroom Session
  • Meal Break
  • Evening On-Camera Applications

PRICING (Includes Housing and Meals)

*If you live near Washington, CT, and do not need lodging, please check out our locals page.

Combat Certification Intensive
  • $1750 Early Registration (before 5/22)
  • $1975 Full Cost (after 5/22)
  • $200 discount off Fighting for Film 2-Day
  • Includes all test fees for Society of American Fight Directors

Combat Certification Renewals
  • $575 (includes up to two renewals)
  • $100 discount off Fighting for Film 2-Day
  • Includes all test fees for Society of American Fight Directors

Fighting for Film Intensive
  • $400 Early Registration (before 5/22)
  • $500 Full Cost (after 5/22)
  • Only $300 if registered for the Combat Certification Intensive as well
  • $350 Non-Refundable Deposit secures spot in Combat Certification Intensive
  • $100 Non-Refundable Deposit secures spot in Fighting for Film Intensive
  • Must pay deposit by May 22nd, 2022 to secure Early Registration pricing
  • Remaining balance must be paid by June 24th, 2020
  • If you would like to apply for partial scholarship funds, please fill out our scholarship application form.

Faculty

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Fight Director & Stunt Performer
Robert Aronowitz
Neutral Chaos Co-Founder
SAFD Certified Instructor

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Fight & Intimacy Director
Leana Gardella
Associate Instructor
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Fight Director & Stunt Performer
Jason Paul Tate
Neutral Chaos Co-Founder
SAFD Certified Instructor

Participants in the Combat Certification Intensive will select one weapon to study in each of the two sessions. All weapons and materials will be provided. Personal stage combat weapons cleared by faculty are allowed. There will be opportunity to test for certification in these two weapons with the Society of American Fight Directors on the last day of the workshop, Friday, June 24th. A $55 test fee, assessed by the SAFD is included in the cost of tuition.

Anyone interested in renewing prior SAFD Certifications may attend the last two days of the Certified Combat Intensive and test on Friday, June 24th in as many as three weapons. A $25-$35 test fee, assessed by the SAFD is included in the cost of tuition.

A two day Fighting for Film Intensive will be hosted immediately after the Certified Combat Intensive. Participants may add this on at a reduced cost or may register to attend it as a standalone event.

Fees payable via PayPal or Venmo.

All workshops take place at the Frederick Gunn School in Washington, CT and include training, on-site lodging, and meals. Due to the intensive nature of this event, only a small number of spaces are available.

  • Move-in for Combat Certification Intensive is on Monday, June 13th, beginning at 3 PM.
  • Move-in for Renewals is on Wednesday, June 22nd, beginning at Noon. Training begins with afternoon session same day (2:30pm).
  • Two Day Fighting for Film Intensive includes overnight lodging on Saturday, June 25th and 4 meals across two days.

Questions? 

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page for additional info regarding travel, meals, what to pack, etc.