The Nationals is one of the largest fight Certification Training Event produced by FDC. It occurs annually and offers certification at all levels at one time. It is offered in a major city within Canada and is taught by FDC Fight Masters and leaders in the academic and professional fight industry from around the world.
The Academy of Fight Directors Canada
in association with
The 2022 National Certification Conference
May 30 - June 18, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
AFDC is excited and proud to continue our tradition of offering comprehensive training programs and world class, internationally recognized certification. After the unfortunate cancellation of our 2020 and 2021 workshops, we are excited to return to British Columbia! We are fortunate to have one of the most successful, progressive and inclusive professional training bodies in the world, and together with UBC, we happily bring that experience and tradition to Vancouver once again.
Certification at Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Actor/Combatant levels, as well as our Fight Instructor Certification program, will be offered and guided by experts from around the world.
Our Early Bird Registration discount is in effect! Get $200 off if you register and pay your deposit before Feb. 13th!
More information on housing, COVID protocols, and a special offer for recertifying members at the bottom of the page.
FD Mike Kovac (Nationals Coordinator, Clinic Basic Unarmed, Basic Staff, Advanced Found Weapons)
FM Ian Rose (Clinic Intermediate Sword and Companion, Basic Unarmed, Advanced Complex Weapons)
FI Tammy Everett (Clinic Two-Handed Sword, Basic Single Sword, Basic Unarmed, Advanced Martial Concepts)
FI Rico Pfeiffer (Clinic Basic Staff, Basic Staff, Advanced Weapon and Shield)
FD Rachel Flesher (Clinic Single Sword, Clinic Small Sword, Basic Single Sword, Advanced Point Work)
For bios of our teaching staff, see our News post!
New Nationals Classes!
Motion Capture 101, Gunshu, Balintawak, and Wushu! 2-hour classes for only $20 (AFDC members)/$35 (non-members). For dates, details and how to register, check out the News post.
Safer Sets: Consent, Boundaries, and Communication for Artistic Spaces
This 6-day workshop will cover artistic best practices and strategies for approaching intimate and/or intense scenes for the stage and screen.
Class A (Fundamentals of Stage Combat): 9-11am daily, May 30th-June 4th
- Unarmed (FD Mike Kovac)
- Single Sword (FD Rachel Flesher)
- Staff (FI Rico Pfeiffer)
Class B (Intermediate Intro/Refresher): 11am-1pm daily, May 30th-June 4th
- Smallsword (FD Rachel Flesher)
- Two-Handed Sword (FI Tammy Everett)
- Sword and Companion (FM Ian Rose)
Basic Certification Program
(Basic is a 2-week course, running June 6-18)
- Unarmed (FM Ian Rose)
- Sword (FI Tammy Everett, FD Rachel Flesher)
- Staff (FD Mike Kovac, FI Rico Pfeiffer)
Intermediate Certification Program
Cancelled due to low enrollment
Advanced Certification Program
Must have completed FDC Intermediate Actor/Combatant training or equivalent
- Found/Environmental Weapons (FD Mike Kovac)
- Advanced Point Work (FD Rachel Flesher)
- Advanced Martial Concepts (FI Tammy Everett)
- Weapon and Shield (FI Rico Pfeiffer)
- Complex Weapons (FM Ian Rose)
Fight Instructor Program
Must have completed Advanced Actor/Combatant Certification and the AFDC Teacher Apprenticeship period and requirements.
Members who wish to re-certify or retrain at their current level are also welcome, and we are reserving a limited number of spaces in each level for this purpose. Any member re-certifying or otherwise taking a course at their existing level will qualify for a $200 discount off training (may not be combined with any other discounts) and receive a membership extension of 3 years (Basic and Intermediate) or 5 years (Advanced) at no charge.
For more information contact our Director of Administration Christopher Mott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ordinarily, FDC books a block of rooms in on-campus housing for those attendees who wish it. The timing and policies mandated by UBC Conferences & Accommodation unfortunately preclude us from pre-booking a group of suites or rooms for our attendees for this Nationals however. Our local coordinator has prepared a 2022 Nationals Housing Guide to assist in finding accommodation.
All attendees and staff will be required to comply with all relevant COVID protocols in place at the time of the workshop. These include those put in place by federal, provincial, and local governments, as well as by UBC and FDC. A specific list of requirements will be posted closer to the workshop, and is subject to change.
* In order to qualify for the $200 Early Bird Discount, registration must be completed including payment of the deposit before February 13th, 2020