NYC Combat for Stage & Screen

“A Stage Combat Class You’ll Want to Check Out!”
-Backstage 2/17/15

Learn to create and perform extraordinary fights for stage and screen.

Conflict is the essence of great theatre, film or TV. Whether it’s a simple push, slap or a complex sword fight, it’s rare to have a storyline that doesn’t call for some sort of violence. This needs to be performed safely while making certain the violence appears realistic and truthful so the story being told is enhanced.

NYC Combat for Stage and Screen is an ongoing group class where you are trained on an individual basis. Drop-ins are welcome and preregistration is not required. All skill levels are welcome. The ongoing format allows you to start anytime and offers individualized training based on your needs and skill level. Various styles are taught concurrently. For example, on a given night you may be working on Unarmed combat while others are working on Longsword and another group on Knife.

2018 Class Schedule – Wednesday nights

      • 1/10 – Class in Session (this week only: @ La Mama – 47 Great Jones St.)
      • 1/17 – Class in Session
      • 1/24 – Class in Session
      • 1/31 – Class in Session
      • 2/7 – Class in Session
      • 2/14 – No Class – Enjoy Valentine’s Day!
      • 2/21 – Class in Session
      • 2/28 – Class in Session
      • 3/7 – Class in Session
      • 3/14 – Class in Session
      • 3/21 – Class in Session
      • 3/28 – Class in Session
      • rest of the year’s schedule coming soon!

Instructor: Jared Kirby, Art of Combat Fight Director

Classes are from 6:00-7:00pm at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy in DUMBO (29 Jay St. Brooklyn NY 11201). The Studio number will be on a sign in the lobby under “Martinez Academy of Arms”. 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. You will need comfortable clothes to work in and a pair of clean sneakers.



Can’t make weeknights? Once a month there is a 4 hour Sunday Seminar. Click on the link for the subjects, dates and times!


More about Class

The emphasis in class is put on learning the skills necessary to perform fights exceptionally. This is not a “certification course” as certificates are of minimal use to you in the industry. Where and how you train matters more. When auditioning for a fighting role, the stunt coordinator/fight director cares about what you can do. The more work you put into training, the better you will be and at the end of the day that is what will get you hired in fighting roles. Remember that under performance stress, we do not rise to the level of our expectations; we drop to the level of our training.

Once your skills reach the necessary level we choose a fight scene and start creating choreography to perform for stage or screen (depending on your focus). For example, RUN RABBIT, RUNNo Walk in the Park and Poker Night were short films using students from this class. Several fight showcases have been performed in NYC such as Aggressive Negotiations, Fix the Tardis and This Time it’s Personal.

This training is perfect for Stage and Screen actors, Stunties, Dancer, Opera performers, Directors and any kind of Storytellers. It’s imperative that everyone learns how to use violence to enhance the characters and advance the story.

Some of the things you can learn in class include; unarmed, knife, longsword, sword & shield, axe, rapier (Italian or Spanish), small-sword, sabre (Northern Italian, Southern Italian or Spanish), short-sword, quarterstaff, spear and improvised weapons.

For more information, pricing or if you have any questions please send an email to or call 646.382.6945. You can find us on Facebook at NYC Combat for Stage & Screen, Art of Combat, or subscribe to the newsletter below.


Just a few clips of things we have worked on in class:

After a class on Falls, we finished the night with this

A few clips from class of a group preparing for an upcoming film shoot. These are a couple bits of choreography created as possibilities for the final fight.

More coming soon!

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