Founded in 2015, Columbus Saber Academy offers structured martial training in modern swordsmanship.

Our lightsaber program includes techniques from both traditional Western and Eastern martial arts. Our Historical European Martial Arts program offers training and practice in longsword, rapier, dagger, saber, and pike.

Classes cover basic and advanced techniques, forms, drills in timing, distancing, footwork, offensive and defensive strategy and tactics, controlled bouting, and tournament sparring.

Both our lightsaber and HEMA programs are designed to develop conditioning, confidence, sportsmanship, and discipline.

HEMA Training

historical and classical sword arts

  • Mon, Wed 6:30pm-9pm
  • Sun 5:30pm-8:30pm (open bouting)

Lightsaber Training

full contact saber combat

  • Tues, Thur 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Sun 5:30pm - 8:30pm (open bouting)

$65 per month

UNLIMITED CLASSES

You are welcome to attend as many or as few classes as you can each month. Monthly fee does not include participation in any outside activities (community events, conventions, demonstrations, etc) as additional fees may be required.

Family and Group discounts available.

1-1 Training for all our classes is available at an additional per session or block fee.

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Other Services

beyond our weekly classes

Train better in a smaller/private setting? Need that additional edge? 1-1 training may be for you. Flexible schedule and pricing plans are available for blocks of 30 minute sessions. All ages are welcome - from 7 through adult.

1-1 TrainingLightsaber, HEMA

Bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, team building events, "date nights" - everyone will enjoy the challenge! Our 2hr group events include training in lightsaber combat basics, 1-1 drills, and combat challenges against our instructors!

Private EventsThe Saber Experience

What could be better than a Star Wars birthday event! Lightsaber training, visits from Jedi (and some famous Sith), and combat games will keep your guests excited and on their toes the entire time. Weekends and evening times are available.

Birthday PartiesOpen for all ages!

6 to 8 wk workshops in Stage Combat training using both traditional western and "out of this world" weapons using specialized techniques designed to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers.

Stage Combat TrainingThe Art of Performance

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out and about in Columbus

The Saber Legion

International Saber Combat

Columbus Saber Academy is proud to be a partner with The Saber Legion to grow sabering across the region, hosting and sponsoring regional events.

The Saber Legion is an international organization with over 8000 active members and fighters across the US and the world. TSL is the leader in full contact saber combat and dedicated to continuing to grow saber combat as a recognized global sport.

Members of CSA are active members in TSL and regularly participate in local and national events throughout the year. CSA is honored to be the host of the Crossroads tournament and Saber Gathering events each year!

More Info on TSL

Our Instructors

Meet The Team

Tom Amoroso

Owner / Head Instructor

Tom Amoroso

Owner / Head Instructor

I started down my 30+ yr martial path back in 1987 with a TaeKwonDo club throughout college and then at SJ Kim's TKD in NYC after I graduated. In 1997 I started training in the Bujinkan (the foundation of my sword experience) with Mark Gueest while in parallel studying classical Italian foil under Ramon Martinez.

In 2008 I moved from NYC out to Westerville Ohio, I started training in olympic style saber and then rediscovered my love to Taekwondo, studying with Mr. Perdue here in Westerville.

In Jan of 2016 I founded the Columbus Knights Saber Team, which would, 1yr later, evolve into Columbus Saber Academy. I still train in Ninpo, and continue with my own sword training, applying both japanese and european techniques to lightsaber combat. In parallel I have started training in Italian saber as well as German longsword.

Work hard. Train Hard. Never stop Learning. Failure is just a step along the way.

David Voderberg

Instructor, Stage Combat

David Voderberg

Instructor, Stage Combat

Juston Hernandez

Instructor, Lightsaber

Juston Hernandez

Instructor, Lightsaber

Roc Willis

Instructor, Lightsaber, HEMA

Roc Willis

Instructor, Lightsaber, HEMA

Eric King

Instructor, HEMA

Eric King

Instructor, HEMA

I love to fight. Sword fighting is making beauty through violence and I love it. I started fencing in 2000. I’ve been competitively fighting for 14 years and teaching for 3 years. I’ve competed in epee, historical Italian foil, rapier, dagger, short sword, longsword and light saber. I’ve competed in the USFA, WMA, SCA, HEMA and TSL. I’m very strong on timing and distance. My specialty is rapier and longsword.

Nate Hill

Instructor, lightsaber

Nate Hill

Instructor, lightsaber

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Special Events We Are Attending

Ohio Roller Derby

May 11, 2019

Ohio Roller Derby

May 11, 2019

Come see us during the halftime show on March 23rd and May 11th.

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