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Combat for Stage and Screen Boot Camp

Whether on stage or in front of the camera, performing combat is a vital skill for an actor. Which is why New York Combat for Stage and Screen invites you to hit the ground running with our Combat Performance Boot Camp!

Participants will learn fundamental unarmed skills including such things as:

  • Punches
  • Kicks
  • Elbow
  • Blocks/Parries
  • Falls
  • Hair Pulls
  • Chokes
  • Ultimately these skills will be applied in a choreographed fight

Participants will work with NYCSS instructor Tony Mita on the basics of unarmed combat for stage and screen as well as the performance skills necessary to bring character and life into your fights.

This six week intensive will run Tuesday nights From November 7th to December 12th from 6-9pm in NYC.

Early Reg. deadline: Participants registered by October 20th is $195

Deadline: Participants registered by November 3rd is $295

All Classes will be at The Alchemical Studios, 104 W. 14th St. (btw 6th & 7th Ave) on the 3rd Floor. Most nights will be in Studio C with 1-2 in a different Studio but same space.

November 5th, 2017

Realism in Your Knife Fight Choreography

There are many opinions on the realism of knife fights versus the training that people do to be prepared for one. In a storytelling context, we have to be clear about how the fights are furthering the storyline and revealing character. The innate fear/respect of fighters dealing with a knife attack is a great way to accomplish this.

Participants will learn knife fight choreography (beginners will do a simple fight while more advanced participants will get a complex tact knife fight). After learning the choreography we will continue to work through it to add realism. This will be done through a few sparring training scenarios to learn what it’s like in a knife fight. These will include:

-Rubber training fight
-Marker fights (Bring a white t-shirt that can get marked up)

We will focus on knife vs knife but if time allows we will explore knife vs unarmed. No one will have to be part of any section of training that they don’t feel comfortable with. In fact, just watching the reality of others will change your expectations of what a knife fight should look like.

When: November 5th, 2017
Time: 3pm-7pm
Where: The Alchemical Studios, 104 W. 14th St. on the 3rd Floor in Studio C

If registered before November 1st: $75.00:

If registered after  November 1st: $100.00:


October 15th, 2017

Killing, Death & Consequences

Contrary to what we see in many films these days, to take another’s life always has a cost and consequences. This acting focused seminar will look at the physical, psychological and emotional responses to killing and dying. This is an uncomfortable subject, but it is imperative to acting violence well.

As Rocco Dal Vera said in “The Voice in Violence:” Just as real warriors perform an essential though anguishing service for society, actors also serve as courageous soldiers of the psyche. When we dig deep into the dark underbelly of the human ego and express our shadow selves truthfully in performance, we are helping the audience process that side of their natures, too. Society needs its stories in order to understand itself, and since drama is centered around conflict, violence lies at the heart of many great plays. Human beings kill. We make war. We rape, pillage, torture, and terrify. We can be brutal and animalistic. We even have the capacity to take joy in and revel in these horrors.

This seminar will begin with a look at the physiological reactions of the body in violence. Focus will be given to the “actable” physical reactions of dying. Next, the seminar will go into the psychological and emotional reactions of being attacked, wounded and/or killed. Not only will we discuss the victim, we will talk about what it does to the killer/murderer. Shakespeare wrote a whole play around the difference between killing and murder, so there’s a variety of options to explore on both sides of the coin.

The seminar will culminate in a short bit of choreography allowing participants to explore expressing all they have learned in the context of scenes. The goal will be to get the audience (your fellow participants) to understand the relationship between both characters with no words.

WHERE:  Ripley Grier Studios at 520 8th Ave. Room 16H
WHEN: Noon-4pm

If registered before October 1st: $75.00:

If registered after  October 1st: $100.00: