May 2010 Basic Certification

After our hugely successful first stage combat course in which all students passed their examination with Fight Master J-P Fournier, Academie Duello is doing it again – right away. The next 10-week stage combat certification course will begin on 12 April 17 May!

First Class: Monday, 12 April 2010 17 May, 2010
Time: 8 pm – 10 pm
Duration: 17 May – 24 July (10 weeks)
Place: Academie Duello, 412 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC

Mondays: Basic Quarterstaff

Staff training gives the student coordination using both hands on a weapon that uses a lot of space. Circular and linear attacks combine with different ways of handling the staff make the weapon challenging and versatile. Eastern and Western martial arts incorporated various kinds of staves and spears, so this discipline is important in many contexts.

Wednesdays: Basic Unarmed

Throwing a good punch is a tiny part of unarmed fighting, even without considering martial arts styling. The most common need for the stage are slaps and falls. We cover many techniques of attacks, defenses, hair pulls, chokes, and all the violence that looks untrained and brutal.

Saturdays: Basic Sword

Learn the fundamentals of sword for the stage and screen. The Fight Directors Canada basic level of sword is practiced with sabre-hilted epees, in order to be adaptable to many international and historical sword systems, with the utmost concern for the safety of performers and the excitement of the action. From swashbuckling cutlass to Persian short sword, the FDC system is a universal foundation that is essential for the actor or stunt-person.

Fridays: Extra Practice (optional)

Starting mid-way through the course, students will have the opportunity to come in on Fridays for additional time to rehearse their scenes. This is supervised time, but will not contain additional tutoring or instruction.

Fight Directors Canada Certification

FDC-logo-bigFight Directors Canada is internationally recognized quality, and the only stage combat training officially recognized by the Canadian Actors Equity Association. Learn the foundations:

  • Unarmed combat
  • Quarterstaff
  • Sword

It’s not just weapons, FDC emphasizes:

  • Safety: You need to move with high speed and intensity, without risking any kind of injury.
  • Storytelling: It’s not a game, it’s part of the play/movie… learn to incorporate combat into a scene.
  • Style: Techniques change based on history and geography. Learn a versatile system.

Note that FDC Certification at the Basic Actor-Combatant level requires 60 hours of training, a written exam and the evaluation of an FDC Fight Master.

What’s Included?

  • 10 weeks of instruction and practice.
  • Over 60 hours of training
  • The FDC glossary
  • Written exam
  • Practical exam with Fight Master J-P Fournier
  • Membership in FDC until September 2011

Exam Details

There are two parts to the final examination: a written test and a practical test.
Written test:

  • 90 minutes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of terminology
  • Show understanding of principles of all 3 weapons and theatrical concerns

Practical Exam:
Performance of one scene for each weapon (3 scenes). Each scene will have:

  • About 2-3 minutes total length
  • Text from a published play
  • Different partners
  • Demonstration of acting and stage combat skills
  • Safety for the performers and the audience
  • No need for costumes or other staging


$1,000 for the course, including materials and testing mentioned above.

Can I Do One Weapon?

If, for whatever reason, you can’t take the whole course, or you’re not interested in certification with FDC, there are a couple of options:

  1. You may take any one class (Sword Saturday, Quarterstaff Monday or Unarmed Wednesday) for $300.
  2. You may certify in one weapon (Sword, Quarterstaff or Unarmed) for an additional $100.

Note that if you certify in one weapon, you will not receive a certificate to that effect. FDC only certifies actor-combatants who complete the level. In order to complete your official certification, you’ll have to pass the other weapons within 12 months. If you choose to take the class but not do the certification test, you may not list FDC certification on your resume. Most students will be certifying and need partners to fight with them on test day. If choose not to certify from the start, we will try to avoid those partnering issues and you will not be obligated to come to the test day.

Sign Up ASAP

Call Academie Duello 604-568-9907 for information or to sign-up for any of our programs or Drop by 412 W. Hastings in Vancouver, BC. Space is limited to 8 students!


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