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Combat Lessons

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Designed for beginners or intermediate to learn techniques used by the pros.

Lessons cater to all levels of experience. The classes can consist of a group of mixed leveled students. You will learn how to look good and how to be safe on set and in auditions.

Instructor Tim Weske has over 35 years of experience Training and coaching actors for film, television and stage. He has choreographed thousands of fights and trained thousands of actors including Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Chris Pine and Paul Rudd just to name a few.

Don’t let the action stop when the fight begins, be ready.

Select the type of lesson you are interested in to see the schedule:

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Combat Classes and Training

Course Descriptions

Combat Lessons:
Caters to all levels of experience. The class can be mixed levels. Class size is limited and students must pay first. These training lessons are for those who really want to convey the full impact of combat for film.

Beginner Class

You have to start somewhere, and the beginning is always best. The fighting skills you will learn are not beginner skills but rather the beginning skills of becoming great. We will cover all the things you will need to succeed: footwork, balance, tempo, timing, blade work, and targeting. Additionally, you will gain tips on how to handle yourself in an audition or film situation where you will be performing a fight. We do choreographed fights each lesson with a single weapon.

Hand to Hand Class

Many different fight techniques taught plus choreographed segments using these techniques. Emphasis on consistent movement while engaged in fights. Safety while achieving the goal of realism. Balance, focus, concentration, control, commitment, timing and tempo are a few of the things that will be taught.

Intermediate Class

Students that come to this class should have taken a few of the beginner lessons or have some previous stage combat experience. Tim Weske teaches a specific style that he has created so the beginner lessons would always be the better way to learn his system, but a good attitude will always take you far. Choreographed fights are done each lesson with different weapons, such as broad sword and rapier/dagger. The fight sequences are more advanced than what is covered in the beginner class.

Student Progress

Below shows the progression of one of our students and refining of her skills after taking 4 private lessons.

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Private Combat Lessons

Stage Combat Academy private lesson

Tim Weske has over 35 years of combat training and has created a system of movement that is unlike others. Understanding movement and problems that exist with students balance, tempo and many other little things that keep a student from reaching their full potential can only be learned by practical and ongoing study in the art of swordsmanship. The expertise Tim has in this area is unmatched by anyone.

Lessons are available for groups or individuals. We can also come to you for training.

Tim is available to choreograph your project.

For more information and booking a time to meet please contact Tim at or (818) 421-2926.

Private Lessons

Private Lesson - 1 hour Individual
Semi-Private Lesson - 1 hour Group

Group Seminar at Your Location (anywhere in the USA)

Sword Master Tim Weske is available to travel to your location to choreograph your project and to provide customized training for your group. He can provide everything you need to put a great fight performance together for stage and film.

For more information and booking please contact Tim directly at

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Fight Training Videos

Swordplay for Shakespeare
Pre-choreographed fight sequences for 8 of Shakespeare's most performed plays. Arranged by world famous fight and sword choreographer and trainer Tim Weske.

These DVDs are for everyone who wants to look great while preforming stage combat. The fights and choreography on the video can be used for live stage, film and live shows. The fights are designed by Hollywood sword master Tim Weske. Tim breaks down every move in every fight step by step. Learn by watching and save time and money in production as the actors can learn the fights away form scheduled rehearsals and these fights and DVDs can be used year after year and for any show.

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