Founded in 2015, Columbus Saber Academy offers a structured training program in lightsaber combat techniques from both traditional Western and Eastern martial arts and designed to develop conditioning, confidence, sportsmanship, and discipline.
This past year we have expanded our training offerings to include Western Martial Arts rapier, longsword, and saber, as well as Stage Combat & Choreography training
synthetic and steel
- Historical European Martial Arts training in longsword, rapier, rapier + dagger, saber, sword and buckler. Classes include drills in timing, distancing, footwork, grappling, offensive and defensive tactics, tournament sparring.
- Wed, Fri 6:30pm-9pm
- Sun 6pm-8:30pm (open bouting)
our core training
- Martial training in modern swordsmanship, using lightsabers. Training includes basic and advanced cuts and blocks, partner drills, forms, footwork, strategy and tactics, sparring, fitness, and conditioning.
- Kids and adult classess offered throughout the week, open bouting on the weekends.
- Tues, Thurs 6pm-7pm (kids)
- Tues, Thurs 7pm-8:30pm (adults)
- Sat 12pm - 2pm (open bouting)
- Sun 6pm - 8:30pm (open bouting)
the art of performance
- Stage combat training in 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.
- Mon 6:30pm-8pm (training)
- Mon 8pm-9pm (choreo practice)
$65 per month
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.
beyond our weekly classes
1-1 / Private TrainingLightsaber, HEMA, Stage Combat
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.
Private Group Events"the lightsaber escape room"
Bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, team building events, "date nights" - everyone will enjoy the challenge! Over 2hr group events include training in lightsaber combat basics, 1-1 drills, and combat challenges against our instructors!
Birthday Partiesfor kids and families of all ages!
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.
Off-Site TrainingLet us bring lightsaber combat to you
Unable to come to us? No problem - we will bring the lightsaber training to you - from community block parties, library reading days, boy and girl scout troop events, parades, and conventions. Reach out to scheduled.
The Saber Legion
International Saber Combat
The members of Columbus Saber Academy are active members of the Ohio Charter within The Saber Legion. (TSL) TSL is an international organization with over 500 active members and fighters across the US and the world. Our CSA owner, Tom Amoroso, is a Director in TSL and CSA is honored to be the host of the Crossroads tournament and Saber Gathering events each year!
Meet The Team
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.
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.
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Special Events We Are Attending
January 11 - 13, 2019
January 11 - 13, 2019
Ohayocon is a Japanese anime and popular culture convention located in Columbus Ohio. 2018 attendance was over 23k attendees. Their goal is to provide the community cultural events and learning opportunities in a safe and constructive environment.
Come visit our table and participate with us in the Movement Room.
Schedule will be published once we get closer to the event.