Tim Weske's Swordplay Fencing & Fitness Studio

Hollywood Actors Combat Academy

Combat Classes for Film and Theater

Weapons and movement choreography from one-on-one duels to full scale battles to on set and in studio celebrity trianing.

To contact Hollywood's Sword Master Tim Weske for sword training and choreography on your film project, please call 818-421-2926. See Tim Weske's complete resume at www.fights2film.com.

Tim Weske has been a sword trainer for film for over 30 years.  He has an extensive list of film, television and stage credits and has trained, designed fight sequences, and choreographed sword fights for many 'A' list directors and has a long list of celebrities that he has personally trained and choreographed.  

Creating and designing fight sequences is what Tim Weske does.  Having proper training by an expert in any field is the key to your success.  

"The fight is a continuation of the story"
That's a great line, but how do you make it happen?  Don't be fooled by people who have great lines, train with a proven expert in the field of Hollywood swordplay for film.  

Yes, it's great if you have time to train in sword fights for your film, but often time is short and so having been taught the correct sword movement skills that will allow you to feel confident to create entertaining sword fight sequences for your film project and to understand what your body is capable of doing while engaged in swordplay for film.

Wielding a sword is not as easy as it looks and so the proper sword and weapons training is a must to have in your repertoire.  Tim's method will give you a great foundation.

Tim has developed a training method that is unlike anyone else.  It moves the body instead of just banging swords.  It's emphasis is on safety, while allowing the fights to flow, and it makes choreography easy to remember.

Classes include:

  • Private and semi private lessons.
  • On set training and choreography.
  • Group seminars (in and outside Los Angeles)

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Hollywood Actors Combat Academy (HACA) Certification Classes

For information and booking, please call (818) 813-3343 or email at combat@swordplayla.com.

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 and scene!

Certification Class is a nine week session using a weapon chosen for that session. Students will learn the same choreography and all students will attach a scene of their choice to the choreography. Techniques that are mentioned above are used and taught while working on this fight. In addition, on the 6th class students will work with a professional acting coach, Robert D'Avanzo, to prepare for the showcase! Students will perform their scene on the final night in front of an invited professional casting director or industry guest!

Upcoming Certification Class at Swordplay LA in Burbank

SPECIAL Certification Class is a three week intensive course in hand-to-hand film combat.  This course focuses students education in hand-to-hand combat skills studying reactions to attacks, visual strength, timing, tempo and footwork. Each three hour class will incorporate filming students to watch back and receive critique from Tim. Learn punches, kicks, knife work, falls and more! Students will experience and see the tricks needed to make a fight look real with an emphasis on remaining safe without sacrificing quality. Actors will leave with the confidence to be in command to stay safe on set, rehearsal and in auditions when the situation is less than ideal.

Prerequisite: Must take one private lesson or drop-in class before registration. Call for details. 

When: Sundays, May 28th-June 11th 
Time: 6pm-9pm
Weapon: Hand-to-Hand
Cost:  $300 
Only 16 spots!

Sunday's Summer Session 1
When: Sundays, June 25th-Aug 20th 
Time: 6-7:30pm 
Weapon: Rapier
Acting Class: Sunday July 30th
Cost: $280 If you register before June 19th (refer a friend for $10 off)! $300 if register after 6/20
Only 12 spots available!

Sunday's Summer Session 2
When: Sundays, June 25th-Aug 20th 
Time: 8-9:30pm 
Weapon: Rapier
Acting Class: Sunday July 30th
Cost: $280 If you register before June 19th (refer a friend for $10 off)! $300 if register after 6/20
Only 12 spots available!

Call (818) 813-3343 or email combat@swordplayla.com with your name and phone number today to reserve your spot!

To be put on our call list: Please contact us at (818) 813-3343 or combat@swordplayla.com  

Other Ongoing Classes and Private Lessons

Discount Private lesson package - $200 for 5 one on one lessons!
Work with a Tim Weske trained instructor over the first 4 lessons.  You will put together a fight and learn technique while learning the choreography.  On the 5th  lesson Tim will come to the class and work with you. Lessons scheduled whenever you and your instructor decide. 

Private lessons with Tim Weske are also available.  Please contact us for details.

Walk in class
Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm $20 per class
Wednesdays Noon-1:30pm (3:30-5pm starting June 7th until August 23rd) $25 per class
This is an ongoing class with students with all levels of experience attending.  Every  week a new fight is created and fighting techniques are worked on and studied.

Training

Weske trains on location or at his private studio. He trains and choreographs in ALL weapons and from one-on-one duels to full scale battles. Students will be taught timing, balance, footwork, focus, attacks and defense as it pertains to theatrical swordplay.

Tim Weske has adapted to a diverse history of technique with the contemporary demands of today's film/television & theater industries. Swordplay's Film & Stage Combat program 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 "hobbyist", this unique program will condition your senses and broaden your abilities.

Certification

After 30 years of designing fight scenes, choreographing award winning shows for film and stage, and personally training some of Hollywood's top stars, Tim Weske is now offering a certification for actors. 

Learn the system trusted to train Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Sandra Bullock and many more! Work with a Tim Weske trained instructor for the 8 week class, students will be taught timing, balance, footwork, focus, attacks and defense all while learning a choreographed fight! On the 6th class Tim will join to critique and co-teach!

What: This 8-week course teaches not only the art of swordplay, but also touches on physical acting by taking the techniques and confidence you will learn and applying them to your characters. Students will learn choreography and a scene of their choosing to be performed during the final showcase. Each scene will be filmed and a link sent to each student!

Prerequisite: Must take one private lesson or drop-in class before registration. Call for details.

Stage Combat Camp

The program entails not only the art of swordplay, but also touches on physical acting by taking the techniques and confidence you will learn and applying them to your characters. All sessions begin with teaching students footwork, movement and sword work. Students study the scene for clues on character relationship and fighting styles. From there, they progress to learning a choreographed sword fight, rehearse the scene with dialogue and end out their session with a final performance. Over the course of a week, students will perform two different scenes, one comedic and one dramatic, finding specific acting moments and establishing character motivations within the swordfight. This camp will end with a Kids Certification in Tim Weske's combat technique.

For information and booking, please call (818) 903-0200 or email at campenrich@swordplayla.com.