What is the
minimum age requirement?
years old. If you are younger then please contact
the workshop coordinator in order to discuss the
possibility of being admitted.
What are the
physical requirements for participation?
Participants should have a basic level of physical
fitness. If you can jog around the block or easily
tackle a two mile hike, you are probably going to
enjoy your experience to the fullest. Participation
is optional and at the discretion of the
participants and instructors.
Do I need to be a member of
Art of Combat to take the workshop?
are welcome to register for the workshop and take
advantage of the training at any level. Your hours
and work will not count towards moving up in the
ranks of AoC unless you are already a member though.
Where is the workshop?
The workshop is held in the center of the world –
New York City. Exact location will be announced
How much is
workshop is $700 for an entire week of training
(there are discounts for early registration). You
will be working over 60 hours in 6 days so be
prepared for an intense experience.
Where can I stay?
For more information please go to the
Will I get a “certification”?
The workshop is intended to be a training camp in
order to learn the skills that make you stand out as
a fighter or fight director. With that in mind, we
build the workshop around the needs of the
participants. If you are a AoC member working
towards fulfilling certain requirements within the
organization then let the workshop coordinator know
what your needs are and we will do our best to
facilitate them during the week.
What do I need to bring?
Scenes, roles and the “director’s concept” will be
assigned in advance so that you have time to
prepare. Time is short so Combatants and On Track
participants will be expected to have lines
memorized prior to arrival. This will allow us to
focus on the acting and combat to quickly get each
scene performance ready.
All participants should start thinking about
costumes, props, etc. Bring anything you have that
would be useful. These can be elaborate or simple
“suggestions” of a character. Please bring extra (if
you can) to share with fellow participants which
will help enhance the scenes and overall production.
If you have fencing equipment please plan to bring
it as well as any relevant weapons you have.
What is the “Participants’ Page”?
Participants will receive a login and password with
their final confirmation. This will let you access
your scenes, talk to your partners, fight director
or combatants in advance to help coordinate.
What are the levels or ranks in Art of
CERTIFIED UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTOR
A Certified University Instructor, or CUI,
is an FD who has fulfilled the requirements to be
certified by AoC to teach university level classes.
They have all the responsibilities of the Fight
Director listed above, but also may appoint
assistants for any classes they teach at the
The Fight Director in Art of Combat holds
all the responsibilities of the Combatant level, and
also represents AoC in any and all physical work
sequences and fight choreography. FDs have full
voting rights and are responsible for appointing
Combatants to positions listed below, promotions to
FD status, and final resolution on any and all
disciplinary measures. Every four (4) month period
from their promotion to FD, they must attend no less
than four (4) fight related events.
AUTHORIZED COMBAT INSTRUCTOR
The Authorized Combat Instructor, or ACI,
is a Combatant who has successfully completed a
specified number of hours training actors in stage
combat under the direct supervision of an Art of
Combat Fight Director, and who has been given
permission to teach a specific style of combat for
stage to members of AoC as well as non-members. The
ACI may call and host workshops for AoC members, and
take jobs teaching workshops to clients in those
styles in which he/she has been granted ACI status
These members represent AoC at the
non-choreography level. Combatants may serve as
fighters, extras, weapons masters, class assistants,
trainers, fight captains and assistant fight
directors. Combatants carry full voting rights in
the company on policies and procedures. They may
propose Amendments to the By-Laws. Every 4 month
period, from their promotion to Combatant, they must
attend no less than four (4) fight related events.