Maestro Hurst is accredited a Fencing Master by the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and holds an international accreditation as a Maitre of the Academie d’Armes Internationale. In addition to his coaching of competitive fencers, he teaches theatrical swordplay, has served as a Fight Director for stage and television, and has trained and provided fencers for several films.

 He has choreographed and directed swordfights for the San Diego Junior Theater, the Westminister Theater, Stu Segal Productions, Universal Studios, Stanford University and several local high schools. His stage work has included: “King Lear”; “Twelfth Night”; “Macbeth”; “Romeo & Juliet”; “Hamlet”; “Cyrano de Bergerac”; “The Recruiting Officer”; “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe”; “Zorro”; and “The Fantastiks”. He choreographed an episode of the TV series “Silk Stalkings”. He has trained actors for appearances in the films “By the Sword”; “The Mask of Zorro”; “The Legend of Zorro”; “Master & Commander”; and “Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl”, and choreographed a fencing sequence for an ABC Olympic Games Special. He most recently acted as Fight Master for the 2012 City Ballet of San Diego production of “Romeo & Juliet”

He studied theatrical fencing under Maestro Ralph Faulkner, one of the “Big Three” fight directors of Hollywood’ golden age of swashbucklers, and he taught an accredited course in theatrical fencing at Stanford University.

He works with actors by appointment, but will teach a group if enough prospective students show interest. In addition, his Cabrillo Academy Pro Shop sells a full range of theatrical-quality weapons manufactured by the same company that supplies blades to the Old Globe Theatres.