Category Archives: Projects

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


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


July 6th – 11th, 2015

Art of Combat Fight Directing and Combat for Stage & Screen Intensive in New York City.

Participants from all over the US and abroad will come together in New York City to train for one intensive week with the Art of Combat company in the skills needed to create extraordinary fights for stage and screen.  Classes (taught by Jared Kirby, John Lennox and Kyle Rowling) will include stage combat, historical fencing, acting the fight, finding your angles and much more. The workshop will culminate in a show that will be performed in New York City.

This workshop is an immersion into the AoC company which has been actively transferring historical combat styles to stage and film for over a decade. Members are trained in historical combat styles and learn how to make them safe and replicable for stage and screen. Our training and expertise has enhanced theatre, film and TV with authentic and realistic combat sequences all around the world.

The week is structured so that you will get the most out of it.  You can register at one of three levels, based on your skill level and what you want to learn: “Combatant”, “On Track” or “Fight Director”.

Great review of the 2012 AoC NYC Intensive by Rachel Strayer who participated in the workshop.

Check out our great Promo video for 2014!


Summer Film Fighting Session

This Film Fighting course provides practical experience working in front of the camera for Action Films/TV. Film sets can be both exciting and intimidating because you are expected to deliver quickly in a high pressure environment. Stunt professionals must be proficient in every aspect of physical action and know how to “sell it” for the camera.

This session will focus on unarmed fighting and will culminate in shooting a short film fight on location that can be used for your reel.
Topics that will be covered include:

    • Camera awareness
    • Angles to shoot from
    • “Set-iquette”
    • Unarmed combat: punches, kicks, falls, chokes, restraints and basic stunts
    • Performing under pressure
    • Hitting marks
    • Keeping yourself safe

Classes will be Wednesday nights from 6-7pm on the following nights:

    • 7/1 – Class in Session (Ripley Grier: 520 8th Ave – 16th FL. Room #16K)
    • 7/8 – No Class
    • 7/15  – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 7/22 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 7/29 – No Class
    • 8/5 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 8/12 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 8/19 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 8/26 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)

Shooting will happen sometime the weekend of 8/29-8/30 so mark it in your calendars.

Class will be in Studio #3 at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy in DUMBO (29 Jay St. Brooklyn NY 11201). Using the subway, the “F” train is the closest line. From Manhattan take the F train towards Coney Island – Stillwell Av to the York Street Station. It is approximately a 3 minute walk on Jay Street to GKA. Driving directions can be found here.

The building does not have a sign yet. But it is a big red brick one-story building with a painted sign that says Queen Ann’s Warehouse.

$350 and will included 6 hours of training & a fully edited film fight:

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June 26th – 28th, 2015

Teaching at CombatCon: Where History and Fantasy Meet! in Las Vegas, NV.

The times that were, the times that are, and the times that may be… …and how to kick butt in all of them! Where can you find fans of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk, Dark Fantasy, Cosplay, Comics, The Golden Age of Piracy, and Speculative Fiction? Ok, a lot of places — BUT, where can you find them armed with swords, maces, clubs, spears, knives, and other weapons of the West? Why, at CombatCon, of course! Imagine a place where fans of all genres can rub elbows with armed and armored martial artists, and try their hand at cracking a whip, throwing a dagger, felling an opponent with a two-handed sword, or defeating the zombie horde with a crowbar and a shovel. Yes folks, that place exists — and it’s called CombatCon: Where History and Fantasy Meet! Not to mention the opportunity to hang with old friends and make some new ones. And where else could all this happen besides Las Vegas, one of the most action-packed vacation destinations in the US?

Old Promo video