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Glossary Study

While our work in dramatic combat is dominated by physical demonstration and performance, there are codified textual resources. 


The links to the right will take you to study courses for the glossaries of the Society of American Fight Directors, The British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat and the Nordic Stage Fight Society. 

Fight Director Siobhan Richardson of The Academy of Fight Directors Canada has done the same with the FDC glossary.


FDC Basic Weapon Disciplines: Quarterstaff, Single Sword & Unarmed

FDC Intermediate Weapon Disciplines: Broadsword, Rapier & Dagger, Smallsword & Unarmed Martial Arts

FDC Advanced Weapon Disciplines: Broadsword & Shield, Found Weapons, Martial Arts with Weapons, Rapier with accompaniment, Smallsword 

For safd teachers

We know a key component of the SPT and SPR is having all of the required moves. When on a time crunch or working with a lot of students, making sure you've got them all in every fight can be a bit of a task. I've developed spreadsheets to help you out.


Feel free to download them and use them at your leisure for free. 

Coming Soon

Looking for the right prop or weapon for your next show?


Check out these retailers and renters:



Albion Swords - Hand-made, limited edition museum-quality swords.

Baltimore Knife & Sword - Makers of stage combat and custom weaponry

Boland Production Supply - Offers a wide selection of in-house manufactured blank ammunition, blank-firing weapons, rubber and replica firearms and props, breakaways, pyrotechnics and atmospheric effects, special effects and much more.

Collectors Armoury for your theatrical firearm needs

Dark Age Creations, Canadian based company renting and selling weapons for the stage. 

Fight Designer LLC - An Ohio based supplier of weapons and related props for theatrical productions, independent films, photographers, and anyone else needing safe, attractive, functional weapon props.  Owned and operated by Kevin Inouye.

Fiocchi Sword & Prop


Jesse Belsky Stageswords Weapons & Accessories for stage combat, hema, and reenactment

Preferred Arms - Top quality theatrical weapons of all varieties. 

Rouge Steel - Owned and operated by Neil Massey, Rogue Steel is dedicated to providing quality stage combat weapons for use in theater, film and the classroom. All swords and daggers are designed for safety and durability.

Steven Schwall  - Has a full array of weapons to rent, including non-firing guns of several styles. His blades include everything from Greco-Roman to light sabers, and both Eastern and Western styles as well as aluminum weapons for youth and high school productions.

Western Stage Props - Your Premier Source For Wild West Arts Equipment And Supplies!

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