Profession fight director

Fight directors coach performers to safely execute fight sequences. They direct fights for performances such as dance, movies and television, circus, variety, and others. Fight directors may have a background in sports such as fencing, shooting or boxing, martial arts such as judo, wushu or karate, or military training.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic


  • Performing arts fights legal regulations

    The legal disclosures and insurances one need to work as fight director with performers, taking into account the use of weapons and risk assesment.

  • Intellectual property law

    The regulations that govern the set of rights protecting products of the intellect from unlawful infringement.

  • Be in touch with your body

    The key aspects of applied anatomy, psychology, nutrition, physiology, and psychosocial studies and how they relate to the self-awareness of one's body. 

  • Labour legislation

    Legislation, on a national or international level, that governs labour conditions in various fields between labour parties such as the government, employees, employers, and trade unions.


  • Adjust the work to the venue

    Adjust the physical, practical and artistic components of the work to the realities of the performance venue. Check the material parameters and technical conditions of the venue, such as scenery and lighting. Check the seating arrangements. Assess the impact of the environment and space on the work.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Promote yourself

    Market one's own strengths in terms of skills and knowledge.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Supervise performers' fights

    Communicate expectations and targeted results, transmit the fight sequences, and technical aspect of the fighting discipline, etc. Help the performers/dancers internalise the fights sequences and fighting techniques. Supervise them in action and motivate and help them them achieve their maximum potential. Make performers them aware of the associated risks. Get performers to rehearse fights.

  • Coach performers in your fight discipline

    Guide the performers' training sessions in your fight discipline so that they gain mastery in fighting techniques, movements and actions. Assess their potential to learn fight actions in a safe way. Organise the training, determining its goals. Direct the performers' training.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Adapt fighting techniques for performance

    Make sure that fighting techniques used in a performance are adapted for the purpose. Ensure the safety of the performers and the audience. Adapt fighting techniques to fit the context and artistic vision of the production.

  • Ensure the longevity of the fight actions

    Ensure the longevity of the fight actions work. Transpose the work from one location to another when needed. Ensure a video recording is made. Ensure that the integrity of the work is respected and that elements associated with the work are preserved (weapons, munition, etc.). Update a work when called for.

  • Monitor art scene developments

    Monitor artistic events, trends, and other developments. Read recent art publications in order to develop ideas and to keep in touch with relevant art world activities.

  • Manage artistic career

    Present yourself and your artistic approach. Position your work in target markets. Promote and market yourself and your oeuvre.

  • Define an approach to your fight dicipline

    Analyze your work and expertise in your fight discipline and use this to define your approach in directing fight actions with the director/choreographer. Convey the requests of the other collaborators. Explain choices in a broad perspective. Agree on the conditions and requirements of the project.

Optional knowledge and skills

memorise lines engage in fencing show intercultural awareness write risk assessment on performing arts production work in an international environment read dance scores manage artistic project develop work plans to solve problems read musical score