Tim Weske's Swordplay Fencing & Fitness Studio

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)

The Actors Survival Course

September 17th and 18th 

This two part weekend workshop taught by Tim Weske will give actors the confidence to look believable and stay safe performing physical violence on stage and screen. Hand-to-hand combat is used more than any weapon in film and stage combat and can be as dangerous if done improperly. Often times, basic and singular actions can be over looked by production or they have hired a 'stunt coordinator' that doesn't have proper credentials, putting the actors in a possibly dangerous situation. The Actors Survival course is designed to prepare actors with enough knowledge to look good in the audition, the shoot day and remain safe working on set!

The first 3 hour day, students will learn how to: punches, kicks, reactions, distance, hair pull grappling, blocks, falls, knees, elbows, footwork, focus, and targeting timing.

The second 4 hour day will consist of filming students putting actions together. The footage will be watched back and critiqued so you can see yourself grow!

This course was created to help actors look good and stay safe in less than ideal situations, this is not intended replace the need for a professional stunt/combat choreographer on set.

Saturday September 17th 3-6pm
Sunday September 18th 10am-2pm

Hollywood Actors Combat Academy (HACA) Certification Classes

For information and booking, please call (818) 813-3343 or email at mick@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 an eight 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, a ninth class will take place the third to last week 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

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

Summer Session

When: Sundays, August 7th-Oct 2nd (no class Sept 4th in honor of labor day)
Time: 7:30-9:00pm 
Weapon: Rapier
Acting Class: Friday, September 16th 7pm-9pm
Cost:  $280 (refer a friend for $10 off!)
Only 12 spots available!

Wednesday Session

When: Wednesdays, August 24th-Oct 12th 
Time: 7:30-9:00pm 
Weapon: Rapier
Acting Class: Friday, September 23rd 7pm-9pm
Cost:  $280 (refer a friend for $10 off!)
Only 12 spots available!

Fall Session

When: Sundays, October 9th-Nov 27th
Time: 7:30-9:00pm 
Weapon: TBD
Acting Class: Friday, November 11th 7pm-9pm
Cost:  $280 (refer a friend for $10 off!)
Only 12 spots available for each session! 

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

To be put on our call list: Please contact Mick at (818) 813-3343 or mick@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 Mick for details.

Walk in class
Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm $20 per class
Wednesdays Noon-1:30pm (3:30-5pm until August 10th) $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.

2016 Summer Camp: July 25-29

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