On the first day, registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The day starts at 9 a.m. for a warm up. Then classes go from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m., then lunch (remember we provide the cheesesteaks) then 2–6 p.m.

Renewals and the  workshops are on a special schedule on Oct. 2nd, please contact us right away for details.


Can I show up unregistered?
Yes, but it is better to let us know you are coming ahead of time as class sizes are limited and we want to ensure everyone gets to participate.

What else is there to do in Philadelphia?
Lots and lots! Check out this link to

How do I get a t-shirt?  So do I need to order a t-shirt now in order to get one?
Add your size and neck preference, v-ncek or crew to your registration.  YES, you must order and pay before Sept. 10th in order to get a t-shirt. 




We can only accept credit card

payment online.  The days of the

workshop we can only accept

cash or checks. 



For more information call (215) 802-3885 or (717) 226-0339  

E-mail us at: or


Thank you to everyone who came and shared our special brand of fighty fun.  You made this a great workshop!!!

Next Year’s Cheesesteak is Oct. 1st & 2nd!!!

Hosted by the University of the Arts

at the Gershman Y
401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

View Photos from 2008 Workshop!


Matthias Fittkau, Certified Instructor, Stage Combat Deutchland

J. Allen Suddeth, Fight Master, SAFD

Darrell Rushton, Certified Teacher, SAFD

Charles Conwell, Fight Director, SAFD

John Bellomo, Fight Director, SAFD

Payson Burt, Fight Director, SAFD

Ian Rose, Fight Master, SAFD & FDC

Alex Cordaro, Certified Teacher, SAFD

Oliver Donahue, Certified Instructor, FDC


Samurai Sword

Historical German Longsword

Krav Defense For Knife

Halberd Commands

Prise de Ferocious

Two Sworded Samuai

Found Weapon

German Sabre Berliner Schule 1814

Smallsword in Hamlet

Stop Puntoing Me

Halberd Fight

Can You Keep Up??  Singlesword w Allen Suddeth


$350.00 at the door
10% discount w/registration by Sept. 10th
10% Discount SAFD/Equity membership, instructor OR student ID

$175.00 Single Day

Sorry, but this year we had to add a $35.00 non-refundable deposit.

Sept. 30th is the recert day for those who need to retest in the SAFD disciplines. If you are planning on coming to this you need to let us know right away, so we can arrange the pairings. There is an additional $95 fee.

Lots of fun AND your tuition includes continental breakfast, cheesesteak lunch a t-shirt (depending on availability) and a weekend of classes.

We are having a weapons table for purchases during lunch the first day.

Everyone is invited to a gathering of participants Saturday night at a local Pub, all are welcome.  We have a room with cash bar and pub grub.

Our Grand Melee this year:

The Rumble from West Side Story

Classes in all eight SAFD disciplines and more! 

Renewals available Sept. 30th, please contact us for details.

Call: (215) 802-3885 or (717) 226-0339 or E-mail us at: or for further details.

“I don't mean this as a suck up at all, but all workshops I go to now will have a tough time matching the enjoyment I had at Philly...I truly enjoyed everything at Philly!!”-Bette Cassett

Thank you!  And thank you for all you do for the Cheesesteak!  It RAWKS!"  -Shelly Riggs

Maestro James Loriega teaching Navaja fighting against the wall.

Maestro James Loriega began his formal edged weapons training in 1967 when he embarked on a lifelong study of martial arts with Ronald Duncan. In the mid-70s, after achieving various instructor-level ranks in Asian systems, Loriega gained his first exposure to the Western martial traditions under the tutelage of Maitre Michel Alaux, a former coach to the US Olympic Fencing Team. It was from Maitre Alaux, and his assistant at the time, Ms. Julia Jones, that Loriega learned the rudiments of épée and saber. In September of 1980, Loriega founded the New York Ninpokai, the city’s premiere training academy for the traditional arts of ninjutsu.

In 1990, while conducting ninjutsu seminars in Spain, Loriega discovered the acero sevillano knife arts of Andalusia. These arts include the use of the cuchillo (knife), puñal (stiletto), bastón de estoque (sword cane), bastón de paseo (walking stick), and navaja (clasp knife). His summers from 1991 to 1996 were spent in Seville learning the intricacies of these Andalusian arts. In August of 1996, Loriega received certification as an Instructor de Armas Blancas Sevillanas, under Maestro de Armas Santiago Rivera, then headmaster of the Escuela Sevillana de Armas Blancas. At this time, Loriega also completed his first translation of Manual del Baratero. Since 1996, he has operated a recognized branch of the Escuela Sevillana in New York City known as the Raven Arts Institute of Sevillian Steel. In September of 2000, following the publication of Sevillian Steel, Loriega was formally acknowledged as a Maestro de Armas Blancas Sevillanas.

In January of 2002, Loriega was inducted as an Acknowledged Instructor to the International Masters-at-Arms Federation (IMAF), where he is recognized for his mastery of the navaja and other Andalusian edged weapons. Based in Milan, Italy, the mission of the the IMAF is “to preserve, study, practice and teach the martial arts of the western world heritage. Furthermore, it is the intention of the IMAF to function as a guild of professional teachers in keeping with the tradition and heritage of arms.” Loriega’s extensive writings have appeared in mainstream martial arts publications such as Black Belt, Warriors, Ninja, and Tactical Knives. His first book, Sevillian Steel: The Knife-Fighting Arts of Spain, (1999 Paladin Press) presents an overview of the edged weapons culture, styles, and strategies of this western martial tradition.

A second book, Scourge of the Dark Continent, (1999 Loompanics) outlines the history and martial applications of the African sjambok (a rod-like whip made from rhinoceros hide).

Loriega’s third book is the annotated English-language translation of the 19th century Manual del Baratero, published in March 2005 by Paladin Press. A sequel to Sevillian Steel, detailing the technical intricacies of using the navaja, will shortly follow.

Today, Maestro Loriega continues to travel and to train, in addition to offering instruction at the Raven Arts Institute, where courses are available in the use of the folding knife, stiletto, sword-cane, walking stick, improvised weaponry, and unarmed combatives. When not traveling to conduct seminars, Maestro Loriega divides his time between teaching in New York City and training in Seville and Nice.

There is an additional $125.00 fee for the Loriega Workshop.

Stab, Cut and Punch!!

an additional day of workshop!!!!!!

Due to space constraints these classes are limited to:

Smallsword (Stab)

Knife (Cut)

& Unarmed (Punch)

An additional day of workshop at only $40.00 (available only with purchase of weekend workshop)

Special events this last year:

Maestro James Loriega


a Workshop in Historical Navaja

Learn to fight the Spanish Knife for real!