Eugene Solfanelli

A member of the SAFD since 2008, I've been a martial artist for over 25 years achieving a 3rd dan in tae kwon do, a 1st dan in Cooper Ryu Jujitsu and a blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitu. I am also currently studying kali/escrima, boxing/kickboxing and am a instructor/practitioner of tai chi chuan. After beginning my fencing and fight choreography studies with Joe Daly, and unarmed combat and stuntman technique with Ian Marshall in 2001, I began my studies with Michael Chin and the SAFD at Brooklyn College where I received my MFA in acting in 2008. After finding Swordplay I have been studying with Joe Travers and Nathan DeCoux since 2009 and have accumulated all 8 SPTs receiving 8 recommended passes. I have been the TA at Swordplay since November 2012. I have been a professional fight director and choreographer since 2001 with the majority of my credits being found off Broadway on the regional theatre stages, but I have also presented fight work and choreography on TV (CBS, A&E, SONY Entertainment and Spike TV). My most recent fight direction and combatantcywas ondisplayat the Churnuchin Theatre in 'The Unlikely Adventure of Race McCloud Private Eye'. In film I have been stunt doubling for Mark Evans (Lake Placid 3) and doing the stunts and fights as a member of the Blackguard in the fantasy feature film The Tower of Silence which will be released in 2016. On television I have done stunt work on the FOX TV show Gotham. The resident undergrad fight director at Brooklyn College, I am currently teaching 'The Art of Stage Combat, the Craft of Physical Narrative' and 'Movement for the Actor' in their BFA department. I am also a substitute teacher in the stage combat department at AMDA. A certified NESTA MMA strength and conditioning coach, a certified ISSA Elite trainer and a certified AFV group aerobics instructor, I have also been a personal trainer for the past 8 years.


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Swordplay

Sep 27, 2014 Broadsword and Shield New York, New York Recommended Pass
Nov 24, 2013 Small Sword New York City, New York Recommended Pass
Nov 18, 2012 Quarterstaff New York, New York Recommended Pass
Sep 23, 2012 Single Sword New York, New York Recommended Pass
May 13, 2012 Broadsword New York, New York Recommended Pass
Nov 21, 2010 Rapier and Dagger New York, New York Recommended Pass

Swordplay, NYC

Jul 13, 2014 Broadsword New York, New York Recommended Pass
Jul 13, 2014 Rapier and Dagger New York, New York Recommended Pass
Jul 13, 2014 Unarmed New York, New York Recommended Pass
Jul 13, 2014 Small Sword New York, New York Recommended Pass
Jul 13, 2014 Quarterstaff New York, New York Recommended Pass
May 31, 2014 Single Sword New York, New York Recommended Pass
Apr 13, 2014 Unarmed New York, New York Recommended Pass
Feb 23, 2014 Knife New York, New York Recommended Pass
Oct 13, 2013 Small Sword New York, New York Basic Pass

Swordplay Stage Combat

Jun 30, 2010 Unarmed New York, New York Recommended Pass
May 23, 2010 Broadsword and Shield New York, New York Recommended Pass
Apr 11, 2010 Small Sword New York, New York Recommended Pass
Jun 17, 2009 Single Sword New York, New York Recommended Pass
Apr 26, 2009 Knife New York, New York Basic Pass
Apr 26, 2009 Quarterstaff New York, New York Basic Pass
Feb 25, 2009 Broadsword New York, New York Basic Pass

Brooklyn College Graduate School

May 20, 2008 Unarmed Brooklyn, New York Basic Pass