Fight Coordinator for a short film fight: Laila
January 19th, 2019
Italian Rapier for Screen & Stage
The Rapier was the preferred weapon of the nobility throughout Europe for most of the 16th-17th century. This Long, slender-bladed sword was often carried with a dagger and saw frequent use in the streets as well as on the dueling field. Participants will begin by looking at the elements of rapier that must be carried into staged violence. Time permitting, participants will explore how a character’s understanding of those martial principles allows for great acting choices.
January 19-20th, 2019
The Dynamics of Violence for Power: Torture & Domestic Violence
This acting focused seminar will look at the physical, psychological and emotional responses to the use of Violence to gain Power. 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.
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 feel the power dynamic.
Excited to be back in Scotland!
January 12th, 2019
Deconstructing Capo Ferro
Although Capo Ferro has not left us a “manual” to work from, his brilliant treatise hold the keys necessary to recreate his system of fencing while also giving a wonderful glimpse of contemporary fencing as well as the opinions of other masters.
This seminar with Maestro Jared Kirby will give you guidelines to understanding how Capo Ferro presents information as we work on distilling his system from the source.
Class will begin with the posture and guard which are the foundation of all fencing. We will look at how Capo Ferro explains his guardia and where to find the information in his book. Using this information we will then assume the posture precisely as he describes and illustrates. Once in the proper posture, we will add the weapon and position it exactly as Capo Ferro describes in order to form his one and only guardia. From this guardia, we will examine how Capo Ferro prepares and executes an attack. Start with his footwork, we will analyze the passo straordinario in order to perform the precise mechanics of his unique ‘lunge’. Next, we will examine how to enter the fight and create tempo for your attack. The class will conclude with an examination of how to position ourselves to facilitate defense in the attack.
January 13th, 2019
Rob Roy vs Archibald Cunningham
This seminar with Maestro Paul Macdonald and Jared Kirby will focus on how the Broadsword would be used against the Italian Rapier. Come choose a side and learn the tactics and strategies that you should use against the other weapon.
New Years Fight Party
In the spirit of the New Year, all NYCSS current and past students will come together to mix, mingle and fight! Bring your friends and loved ones to the second half where we’ll enjoy some snacks and hang out.
Choose your Weapon
For the first hour, the floor will be open to work on whatever you want. There will be a variety of items available to train in so you can Choose your Weapon to work with.
For the second hour, we’ll have the Choose your Random Weapon Game! Two names will be drawn from a hat to determine who is fighting whom. Once a pair is determined, they will choose a weapon from a hat. Jared will choreograph a short fight for you to work up and perform. You may see Longsword vs. Gun, Smallsword vs. Unarmed, who knows!
This special gathering will be $30 for participating students in the first 2 hours. Note: You MUST have trained with Jared or the NYCSS.
Register by January 2nd for the 1st half: $30.00:
From 7pm-9pm, all fighters near & far, friends, loved ones and even frenemies can join us for free (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org required by January 2nd). We will be screening a selection of Fight Shorts that NYCSS has done in 2018 and you may have the opportunity to perform your Random Weapon fight for an audience We will hang out, nibble on snacks and the floor will be open for students to train further if they like.
WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal), or Ripley Grier Studios at 520 8th Ave. NYC
WHEN: 5:00 pm- 9:00pm
Doing Fight Choreography for a NYC school production of Aladdin Jr.
Fight Coordinating Back Room Shakespeare’s production of Coriolanus Captained by Torsten Johnson and Michael Fell.
Performance: Monday December 17th. audience arrives at 6:30. Show at 7:30pm at the Soda Bar, 629 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
What happens when two mall Santas both need to work? Time to spread some Holiday Cheer, fight style!
I Fight Coordinated Santa’s Gotta Work which stars Jack Paccione & Brandon Inman. Directed by Brian McNulty, Cinematography by Lars Elling Lunde, with a guest appearance by Katherine I-wen Lerner-Lam and the talented assistance of David Jagdeo and Diego Arciniega.
Just one of the great shorts by That Was Wrong Pictures. Be sure to Like their page!
Fight Coordinator for the short film Hello Again Detective Chan
A private Film Fighting course for winners of the Spiderman: Homecoming contest from Germany.
Promotions were run all over the world for an all expense paid trip to NYC to train with me.
The Flow of Cutlass
Guest Instructor: David “Pops” Doersch
Part historical (small part), part martial arts flow (large part), all fun, this very difficult fighting style has enchanted and challenged workshop participants for 20 years. Throwing aside standard concepts of extension and distance, this fighting style challenges what we know and dares us to flow and try something well outside the box.
Very challenging. Be ready to spin, to flow, to get frustrated and then, to Za!
Note: this seminar is for experienced fighters/performers. If you are new/inexperienced please contact me (email@example.com) before signing up. All registered participants will be vetted.
Bio: David “Pops” Doersch is one of the co-founders of the International Order of the Sword and the Pen. For the past 30 years, he has fought and taught thousands of swordsmen and women throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Currently, he works as the fight director for Feld Entertainment’s stunt spectacular, Marvel Universe Live! He also serves as the Clowning/Physical Comedy consultant and coaches puppetry and performance at Feld.
WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal)
TIME: 10am – 2pm
COST: $100 (late registration $125)
SEMINAR IS FULL BUT EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST
Fight Director for She Kills Monsters. For Tix go to their website.
Teaching a Fighting for the Screen seminar in Seattle, WA.
This seminar is open to the public and will be Saturday Nov. 17th at the CTA (9871 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103)
We will cover the fundamental unarmed techniques you will most commonly be called on to perform including punches, slaps, hair pulls, chokes and kicks. Watch how differently each must be performed every time the camera moves!
Director for the AHF’s Grand Assault of Arms
Fight Director for Prospect Park by APT Theatre at the Alchemical Theater.
Whether on stage or in front of the camera, performing combat is a vital skill for an actor. This is why New York Combat for Screen & Stage invites you to hit the ground running with our Combat Performance Boot Camp!
New Participants will learn fundamental unarmed skills including such things as:
- Hair Pulls
- Ultimately these skills will be applied in a choreographed fight
Participants who have trained with Jared Kirby and NYCSS will be working on a film focused application of learned skills while also adding in kicks and advanced application of fundamental skills:
- Film focused
- Camera awareness drill
- More complex choreography
This Boot Camp will be with NYCSS instructor Tony Mita and will focus on unarmed combat for screen & stage 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 6th to December 11th from 6-9pm in NYC.
Deadline: Participants must be registered by November 1st.
Classes will be at The Artists Collaborative at 35 W. 38th St. NYC