Live Action Fight Scene Competition



Live Action Fight Scene Competition

Are you a stage or stunt fighter?  Do you think you have the ability to tell a compelling story through your choreography, your movies, and your acting?  How would you like to have all that evaluated by some of the top Fight/Stunt Coordinators in theater and film today?

The Live Action Fight Scene Competition allows stage and stunt fighters to show off their skills, their creativity, and their talents by performing their best choreography in front of a panel of experts.

NOTE: LAFSC 2017 has been cancelled due to lack of enrollment

What weapons can you use?

Whether you use cutting weapons such as longswords, katanas, basket hilts, Calvary sabers, etc., or thrusting weapons such as rapiers, smallswords, foils, etc., we want to see what you’ve got.  And swords aren’t the only weapons we want to see — we’ll take a look at everything from unarmed (fists, feet, and grappling), to military knife, tomahawk, gladius, Greek spear and shield, improvised weapons, flexible weapons — if it’s a weapon, this is the place for it.  The only weapons not allowed are distance weapons.  No guns, crossbows, whips, bows, slings, etc – if it deals damage at long range the answer is no.  Otherwise, the sky is the limit!


How will you be judged?

There are three areas the judges will focus on:  Technical, Artistic and Dramatic Action.  Each team will perform their fight for the judges, who will then give notes of improvement.  The contestants will be given time to incorporate the judge’s comments into their fight and will then perform a final time for the win.

Technical:  To get top technical marks the fight must be well executed.  The judges will be looking for good footwork, good targets, good body alignment and safety.  Is it a martially sound fight?  Do the moves make sense even within the context of the theme?

Artistic:  This is where you get to show how creative you can be with your choreography.  How unique is it, how ingenious are your moves?  Were there great “wow” moments?  Were costumes used and did they help or hinder the presentation?  Music? You’re a creative group of people by nature, let it fly!

Dramatic Action:  This is where the judges look at the story of the fight.  Every piece of drama has a beginning, middle and an end, and so does a good fight.  The judges will look at the dramatic arc of the piece.  Was there a climax, did the story ebb and flow, did the fight move the plot along?  We don’t need Act I, II and III to understand why the fight begins but we encourage everyone to set up the scene.  Give the judges a peek into the lives of these characters so they know how to feel when someone wins or loses.


Additional Rules: 

  • Participants must perform in teams of at least 2 people.  There is no prescribed maximum of participants per scene but you will be fighting in approximately a 30 foot diameter circle, and you want your fight to be seen clearly.
  • The performance should be proscenium oriented for the judges.
  • Weapons must be checked and inspected to meet stage combat safety requirements by the judges before the competition takes place.  The blades must be blunted both along the blade and at the point.  Steel weapons must run from the tip of the weapon to the base of the tang, with no welds.  This is to ensure the weapon will not break.
  • Weapons made of aluminum, rubber or wood are all acceptable so long as they are fighting a common material (for example, no aluminum swords against steel blades).
  • Each scene should be no more than 5 minutes from start to finish, and each team will have two minutes to “set the stage.”



How do you sign up?

Simply send an email to with the following information:
-the number and names of people in your fight.
-the weapons with which you would like to compete.
-Will you be using music? (you must provide the music and a method to play it).
Please include any other pertinent information we should know (i.e.  Does your fight require something special? Are you using any additional props?).

A minimum number of contestants is required and if this number is not met then the competition will be cancelled. In that case, never fear, you will still get to perform your fight. A time slot will be available for you to perform your fight for the public.


A note on Safety:

This is a live action fight scene competition, and one of the foundations of a good fight is that it is repeatable and safe for the performers.  The judges should feel fear and excitement for the characters, not concern for the performers.  Once an audience member is afraid for the actor they are removed from the moment – and that breaks the illusion of the stage.

Should any participant perform in a manner deemed unsafe by the judges, that participant will be immediately disqualified.