Stage combat looks good on your resume, but does your stage combat look good on film?
Owner Tim Weske has worked as a film & stage fight director/choreographer/designer/arranger/trainer and coach for 30+ years. He opened his training facility/school, SwordplayLA, in 1992. He has trained and coached celebrities as well as actors just starting their careers. He has also designed and choreographed fight sequences for many of Hollywood's top directors and producers.
Weske has developed a system of staged combat that is far superior to the "normal" 6 parry system that has been used since the beginning of film making. The system draws the power from the body and not the weapon. Specific balance, tempo and timing are just a few of the techniques learned in Weske's system. Understanding these techniques and how your body works will allow you to be more committed and confident during your fight sequences. The system allows you to achieve realism and commitment as well as entertaining the audience. With this system's techniques in place, and when rehearsed with a fight arranger that knows what he/she is doing, you can have full body shots with cameras locked down while just allowing the actors to fight.
The power of timing, tempo, balance, vision and precise movement can be seen clearly in this video. All the fighters seen in this video had little or no fight training before they trained with Tim Weske.
If you have more questions about classes or would like to book space in our classes, please call (818) 421-2926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently in the process of reformatting the structure and improving the certification courses. The new class structure will not only be more efficient with your time, it will also give you much more practical use when you complete the course. We are working on expanding the course objectives from what is available now. The final touches are being prepared and as soon as it is finalized, we will update this page.
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Learn the system trusted to train Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Sandra Bullock and many more! Students will be taught timing, balance, footwork, focus, attacks and defense all while learning a choreographed fight scene!
Discount Private Lesson Package
$200 for 5 one-on-one lessons
Work with a Tim Weske trained instructor for the first 4 lessons to put together a choreographed fight. On the 5th lesson, Weske will come to the class and work with you. Lessons scheduled based on instructor availability.
Private Lessons with Tim Weske
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On-Going Weekly Classes
All classes are $22 per class.
The weekly classes are ongoing and accommodate students of all levels of experience. We suggest you start with the introduction to stage combat class to get a strong foundation on the basics.
Weske trains on location or at his private studio. He trains and choreographs in ALL weapons from one-on-one duels to full scale battles. Students are taught timing, balance, footwork, focus, attacks and defense as it pertains to theatrical swordplay.
He has adapted his extensive knowledge of technique with the contemporary demands of today's film/television & theater industries. The Hollywood Actors Combat Academy at SwordplayLA focuses not only on practical technique, but also serves as a foundation for creating and applying your own. Whether you're an actor, choreographer, director or sword enthusiast, this unique program will broaden your abilities.
Studio space is available for fight sequence rehearsal, training and choreography.
We have a variety of weapons and gear available, including:
- Pole arms
- Axes and pole axes
- Fencing gear
- Crash pads (8x6 pit)
48' X 38' large room
18' x 37' small room
Big screen TV for video playback
Private gated parking
For rental and space inquiries, contact Tim Weske directly at 818-421-2926 (call or text).
There are many fight trainers to choose from, so how can you tell who knows what they are doing?