MAGFest 2017

 MAGFest 2017

MAGFight: “Guardians of the Grimdark”

We premiered our third installment in the Gamers Against the Grimdark series! Our cast this time around featured characters from games such as Prince of Persia, Fallout, Kingdom Hearts, League of Legends, and Overwatch. It was a hit! If you missed it, you can watch the full show here.


The cast after the show.


Tom Evans as Sora jumping into the attack on Trevor Hintz’s Protoman.

Our “heroes” responding to the threat of the mythical Game Shark.

The villains, led by Brian Labay as Commander Shepard, plotting their takeover of the Gameverse.


Round 1: Fight!

We also hosted a workshop, teaching some fight choreography and movement basics to con goers.


Warming up!

Abra Burkett helps demonstrate the Kali and CQC inspired fight choreography.

Our participants getting ready to brawl!

All in all, MagFest 2017 was a huge success!

We would like to thank our hosts for being so gracious and allowing us the opportunity to perform. We also give our appreciation to all the Mag-goers who came to our show and participated in our workshop! We hope you had as much fun as we did!

SpartaCon II


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Rebels SpartaCon II was a success! The DCSC Gladiators fought through blood, sweat, tears, and sand. After many epic battles, only a lucky few could claim victory in the arena.



Valkyrie vs. Chain sword wielding mad man



Group battle!



Pict rebel vs. Roman soldier

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The Doctore



Our team with Liam!


We also want to thank our own Francisco Guerra and Penelope Talleur for these awesome pictures!

Escape Velocity 2016

Ready to Conquer Deep Space?

We had a blast talking phasers, sabers, and practicing the arts of sci-fighting with those who chose to boldly go with us to Escape Velocity, brought to you by the Museum of Science Fiction.

Turn your view screen to some pictures below and explore our Facebook page to tag yourself and your friends in our official EV convention album!


We held five workshops throughout the weekend on sci-fighting and fight choreography, where we gave con-goers the opportunity to learn about angles of attack, movement, performance principles, and even be the action themselves with choreographed light saber duels and Avengers-styled close-quarters combat! Star Trek weapon designer Dan Curry even popped by to show us some moves!


In addition to out workshops, we held a panel on science fiction weaponry and combat called “Phasers and Sabers.” It was quite an exciting discussion!


Team Members Dylan and Abra presenting the history of SciFi weaponry during their panel, “Phasers and Sabers.”



Dylan learns from legendary visual effects artist and weapon designer Dan Curry, best known for creating the Klingon Bat’leth.


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The Museum of Science Fiction’s Michael Rader posing with a lightsaber during one of our workshops.

DCSC Team Member and costume designer, Rachel Frederick, also worked hard as the coordinator for the silent auction, promoting science fiction as a way to build interest in STEAM education. DCSC provided security for the auction, as well.

Awesome Con 2016

Thank you for playing with us!


We were totally blown away by all the passion and energy everyone put into training with us at AwesomeCon 2016!


In just a few hours, we were able to show hundreds of people the basics of movie and stage based fight choreography, including FC101, Basic Brawling, CQC, and Two-Handed Swords!


We love this stuff, and had an awesome time sharing it with you!


Some of the DCSC team even got a chance to meet and play with Ray Park, the action star best known for his roles as Toad in X-Men, Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe and Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I! Check him out on Twitter at @IamRayPark


Like what you see? Well there’s more! Check out some of the pictures from our AwesomeCon combat training on our official Facebook page!

Act Tactical for Film DC Promo Reel

In November 2015, The DC Stunt Coalition and Annapolis Defense and Security hosted Matt Clanton’s skills-based film and television acting workshop, “Act Tactical for Film“.

Learn safely. Learn Realistically, Learn to play the hero and the criminal.

From the ATFF website:

All training with us is designed for those that have never held a weapon or thrown a punch. We welcome those new to this type of training and we welcome experienced professionals wishing to learn how to adapt what they know to film. Our goal is to make all our students appear on camera as if the characters they portray are seasoned with years of training and experience.

You can read more about our article, featured also in the Washington Post Express.

Our next DC area workshop will be March 5-8, returning to ADS.

Register now:


About the course:

The class was packed with over 20 performers from the Maryland, DC, Baltimore, and VA area. Over the course of 16 hours of training, students learned various best practices for handling firearms on set both safely and realistically, with a bent towards aesthetics used in modern movies and television. Students learned awareness, stances, grips, reloads, room entries, and various other tactical techniques.

There was also a significant portion of the Level 1 curriculum dedicated to modern hand to hand combat techniques, including moves from Krav Maga, Kali, and Dirty Boxing. Knife fighting, edged weapon awareness and defense was also a key part of the class. Students partnered up to learn how to move safely and efficiently to improve their on-screen fighting presence. Dylan Hintz, current head of the DC Stunt Coalition, assisted Matt out with training student’s reactions and fight acting.

Annapolis Defense and Security provided not only a fantastic location, already designed to simulate the kinds of tactical entries and movements ATFF teaches, but also provided it’s own instructors and coaches to help students work through Matt’s curriculum. It was excellent seeing so many experts in one room offering a lot of knowledge to ready participants.

Currently, ATFF is scheduled to return in March 2016 for more instruction, including a bonus class and Level 2 for more advanced movements and tactics.

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Video shot and edited by Miles Joyner. Filming provided by DC Stunt Coalition