Knife Fighting

Schedule and Location

Monday, January 6, 2019 - Wednesday, January 8, 2019

Crowne Plaza Chicago Ohare Hotel & Conference Center
5440 N River Rd, Rosemont, Illinois 60018


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We have brought together the dream (or nightmare!) team of knife fighting for an exciting, in depth intensive with this intimate and thrilling stage weapon.

Everyone who attends will leave with a wealth of knowledge and training that cannot be gained anywhere else. All levels of experience will benefit from this rare opportunity!

Cost of this exclusive event is $350. Class size is limited so register soon!

The instructors for this event are:

Donald James Preston:

  • Taught basic knife fighting to United States Marines getting ready to deploy to combat areas.
  • A 15 year USMC combat veteran and military police officer, through-out desert shield and storm, could be found out in front of the front with his MPs.

Michael "MJ" Johnson: SAFD Fight Director. Dueling Arts International Master Teacher.

Michael is the creator of the Knife discipline for the SAFD. When teachers of the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat wanted to create their own Knife discipline, they invited Michael to London to teach and advise them. He has been a professional actor, director and fight director for umpteen million years, and has been a marital artist since before the Earth cooled. He’s been a CPR/First Aid instructor for eleven years, and had the privilege of teaching several applicants to the 2015 SAFD Teacher Certification Workshop. Michael has taught at, and coordinated The Summer Sling, hosted by Fights 4, created the Teachers Symposium, and taught at various regional workshops over the years. He is the author of the contemporary fantasy series, “The Sage Chronicles.” The first two books are out in several e-book sites as well as in paperback from

Registration will stay open until 1/5/20 so claim your spot while you can!!!

Price $350.00

Early bird pricing: $25 off until 11/25/19~


  • -$50 deposit to hold registration available until 12/15/19
  • -1 installment payment plan:
    • 12/27/19
  • -3 installment payment plan:
    1. 11/30/19
    2. 12/14/19
    3. 12/27/19


  • Deposit is non-refundable
  • Before – 11/30/19 – 75% of full tuition
  • 12/1/19 – 12/14/19 – 50% of full tuition
  • 12/15/19 – 12/24/19 – 25% of full tuition
  • After 12/24/19 – Zero Refund

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