Category Archives: Projects

Checkout upcoming & recent events, classes, and projects that Jared has been working on.


October 11th, 2015

Tactical Training for Actors
Take a hands-on tactical training course specifically designed for actors, stunt performers, and writers taught by veteran Law Enforcement trainer, Kevin McMahon. Kevin has spent over 20 years training Bergen County Sheriff’s Officers and will give you the fundamental skills and confidence to accurately and realistically portray a character who is required to handle a firearm.

There will be two seminars offered this day.
Level 1: 12pm-4pm

Level 1 Seminar includes:
Weapon Nomenclature
Gun Handling and Drawing
Individual Movement & Positioning
Team Movement & Positioning
Door Breaches

Level 2: 4:30pm-8pm

Level 2 Seminar includes:
Room Clearing
Hallway Movements
Gun Disarms
“Set-iquette” for firearms

Participants will practice working with guns during reality based training scenarios in a controlled environment. The Level 2 seminar will end with training scenarios where you’ll be divided into Officers and Criminals and have to clear a room of bad guys!
To participate in Level 2 you must take (or have taken) Level 1.

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal).
TIME: Level 1: 12pm-4pm / Level 2: 4:30pm-8pm
COST: $75 (late registration $100).

Payments after September 30th:
Level 1: $100.00

Level 2: $100.00
Both Levels: $175.00

Payment can also be made through PayPal to


November 8th, 2015

Broom vs Crutch | Tripod & Hanger | Aussie Flag vs Belt | Pool Noodle vs. Bathrobe

Anything is a Weapon!

Many moments of violence for stage and screen have no “weapons.” That said, a book, a towel, a broom or a pillow cushion can be used in a violent manner which will enhance the story being told. Knowing how to do this well can greatly enhance the realism in a scene (or sometimes the hilarity!).

This course will start with fundamental training for Stage & Screen Combat. After understanding the key elements of safety, distance and angles participants will work a little knife to practice cutting and thrusting before moving into how to make anything into a weapon. After learning a few rules, we will choreograph short scenes and explore all the fun, exciting and unique ways that something like a banana can defend against a remote control!

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal).
TIME: 12pm-4pm
COST: $75 (late registration $100).

Payments before October 31st:

Payments after October 31st:

Payment can also be made through PayPal to


September 17th-20th, 2015

The Martinez Academy of Arms hosted a formal Academia in New Orleans and I had the opportunity to teach and train at this event. It culminated in a Grand Fencing Exhibition on Sunday October 20th in which I did demonstration bouts and was selected to fence in the invitational portion of the event.

There was press and many photographers at the Grand Fencing Exhibition and here are just a couple of the articles:
The New Orleans Advocate

Announcing the Event


September 13th, 2015

Stunts for Women (and Men are welcome too)

Stunt women work harder. To do the same stunts a man can pad up to perform, women often are in a bikini or heels and a skirt.  This seminar will be taught by Maya Santandrea whose stunt work can be seen on The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Fast & Furious 7 and more (see IMDB for full list of credits). Through practical training and lectures you can learn what is truly required in the industry.

There are many ways to “break into” the industry, but there are some core skills and concepts which can help your chances. Before all that you need to ask yourself: do you really want to be a stunt performer? I mean really, REALLY want it. In this seminar you will learn what you’re getting into, and what it take to actually embark on a career in professional stunts.

This seminar will be heavily geared toward women, but all genders are welcome to join. We will begin with basic techniques, such as:

  • Fundamental falls (with and without pads)
  • Firearms safety & handling intro
  • Throwing a “picture punch”
  • Camera Awareness
  • “Selling It” – Reacting to hits, kicks, and gunshot wounds
  • Basic tumbling / shoulder rolls

We will also discuss the business, which is infinitely more complicated:

  • Equipment: what to have in your gear bag at all times (and where to buy it)
  • Film terminology 101
  • Why union membership is important
  • How wardrobe, special effects, prosthetics can (and will) ruin your day
  • Set etiquette and expectations for being part of the stunt TEAM
  • Resources for finding jobs / stunt vs actor headshots and resumes
  • Why regular training is crucial to your success

Come find out what Maya has learned about this crazy business from firsthand experience!

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal).
TIME: 12pm-4pm
COST: $100.

To register make your payment:

Payment can also be made through PayPal to

Check out Maya’s “Hero Zombie” moment from The Walking Dead:


July 10th – 11th, 2015

Fight Directing the AoC NYC Intensive Fight Showcase: The Doctor and Donna: Allons-y!!!

A Showcase of Fight Scenes
Presented by
Art of Combat & Shrewd Business

Friday & Saturday, June 10th & 11th, 2015
at the Access Theater 380 Broadway, NYC (two blocks south of Canal Street)

Suggested Donations are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for regular admission.

This presentation is the culmination of a week long intensive workshop which furthers participants’ training by taking their hard work to the next level: performance.

Fight scenes include:

John Lennox- FD; Aaron Orensky- AFD; John Evenden- Fight Captain; Brian Brockenshire; Charlsie Cole-Melora; John Everdeen-Roman Soldier; Kaitlyn Farley-Boudica; Morgan Lees- Roman Solider; Kris Meden- Branigen; Ethan Washburn-Catus; Jennifer Yeager-Roman Soldier

Henry VI Part 1
Chris Pytlak- FD; Kyle Rowling-AFD; Nathan Oesterle- Fight Captain Vincent Lane- Hotspur; Nathan Oesterle- Hal

Morgan Lees- FD; Brian Brockenshire- AFD; Tony Mita- Fight Captain Aaron Kapner- Shang; Ethan Washburn- The Emperor; Jennifer Yeager- Chien Po

Ring Around The Moon
Brian Brockenshire- FD; Chris Pytlak- AFD; Kaitlyn Farley- Fight Captain Kaitlyn Farley- Diana; Jennifer Yeager- Isabelle

The Godfather
Jared Kirby-FD; Mark Allan Davis- AFD; Vincent Lane- Fight Captain; Kris Meden- Connie; Tony Mita- Carlo; Vincent Lane- Sonny; Ethan Washburn- Gambler Aaron Kapner- Gambler

Aaron Orensky- FD; John Lennox- AFD; Nathan Oesterle- Fight Captain Charlsie Cole- Eudorus; John Evenden- Hector; Nathan Oesterle- Achilles

Mark Allan Davis- FD; Brian Brockenshire- AFD; Tony Mita- Fight Captain Kaitlyn Farley- Sara Sandoval; Kelly Melcho- Maria Alvarez; Tony Mita- Quentin

Red Hood Assassins
Kyle Rowling- FD; Aaron Orensky- AFD; Nathan Oesterle- Fight Captain Charlsie Cole- Assassin 3; John Evenden- Batman; Aaron Kapner- Assassin 1; Kris Meden- Assassin 5; Vincent Lane- Red Hood; Morgan Lees- Assassin 4; Nathan Oesterle- Assassin 6; Ceris Thomas- Donna; Ethan Washburn- Assassin 2

Director……………………………….Ceris Thomas
Stage Manager………………………Rebecca Rein
Lighting & Sound…………………………..Ben Rezendes
Costume Assistance………………… Elise M. Vanderkley
Doctor and Donna Script……..…….Ceris Thomas