Check out this great 7 page article about Combat for Stage & Screen with Jared Kirby in the December 2014 issue of New Jersey Stage magazine:
Teaching at the Paddy Crean Stage Combat Workshop:
The IOSP holds workshops all over the world, with the marquee event being the Paddy Crean Workshop. For over a decade, “The Paddy” has found its home at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. The Paddy has offered everything from historical fencing, stunt work, military drills, Laban technique and mask work to Zulu stick fighting, Chinese Opera and Parkour. With a faculty and participants drawn from over a dozen countries and representing every major national stage combat organization, The Paddy is a truly unique experience.
This years’ theme is Heroes & Monsters
Fight Showcase 2015
This special three-month session will focus on performing fights for a live audience. You will be cast, choreographed, rehearse and ultimately perform in a NYC show April 26th!
This session will begin with a brush up (or intro for beginners) of unarmed combat before moving into sabre. After a short introduction you will be cast in a fight scene and work on building choreography into the scene. At the end of the three months we will perform a NYC show with the collection of fight scenes you have worked on in class.
Start thinking about scenes you would like to tackle so we can pick one that will be best for this class. The whole showcase will be tied together with a Dr. Who theme (but your scenes can be anything) and is tentatively called “FIx the Tardis: Fighting through the Multiverse.” If you don’t have a fight you are dying to perform then I have a plenty in mind Some scene that have already been cast are from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Assassins Creed, Pirates of the Caribbean and Buffy.
WHERE: 355 Broadway (just 3 blocks south of Canal) in the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet building
WHEN: Wednesday nights from Jan 14th – April 26th, every week 6-7pm.
COST: $275 (late registration $350).
To register make your payment by December 31st for only $275.00:
Registration in 2015 will be $350.
Tentative Performance Dates:
April 17th-19th: SUNY Purchase DTL (optional)
April 26th: Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Ave. Btw 91st & 92nd, NYC) sponsored by Hudson Warehouse
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
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!
A Gentleman’s Guide to Duelling: Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels is now available from amazon.com.
Second Sunday Seminars Series
A four-hour training session in the Quarterstaff.
The quarter-staff has been a common weapon for self defense. While often associated with the lower classes, knights and men-at-arms were expected to be proficient in its use. This versatile weapon allows for combat in various ranges and delivers powerful blows and thrusts. The class will focus on the fundamental footwork, strikes and parries from various distances for one of the most universal weapons. In the words of a 16th century gentleman the “staff is most commonly the best weapon of all other!”
For more details or to register (make your payment by November 30th) click here!
The Art of Combat
Stage Combat Taster Weekend
Are you a Jack of all Trades? Interested in tasting a wide variety of stage combat weapons? On November 22-23 you will have the chance to do:
- Unarmed Combat
Fight Directing for Hudson Warehouse’s production of Same River Twice directed by Susane Lee.
Teaching a 4 hour seminar on Found Weapons Made Easy. Learn simple techniques to use a variety of found weapons (i.e. a pen, rolled up newspaper, keys, etc). Participants will choreograph and rehearse short scenes so make sure to bring a few items that you would like to fight with! Click here for more details and registration information.
Teaching a 4 hour seminar on Flexibility in Film Fighting. Rarely when you walk on set will you be performing what you have rehearsed. Learn how to make quick adjustment so you can keep rolling even when your knife fight becomes a sword fight! Click here for more details and registration information.
Stunt Coordinating a short World War I film called The March of Ibchen Hallas.
Fight Directing for the Purchase Repertory Theatre’s production of Tales From the Vienna Woods directed by David Bassuk.