Second Sunday Seminars Series

This series is designed to provide intensive four-hour training sessions for Stage & Screen Combat. The subject matter will vary from month to month. Sometimes we will train in the use of specific weapons. Other times the sessions will cover acting-based topics as they specifically relate to violence on stage or screen.

A minimum number of participants is required to make certain the seminar happens so make sure to sign up early.  You must register by the end of the preceding month for the discounted price.

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal), NYC unless otherwise noted.
TIME: 12pm-4pm.
COST: $75 (late registration $100).


September 13th:

Stunts for Women (and Men are welcome too)

Stunt women work harder. To do the same stunts a man can pad up to perform, women often are in a bikini or heels and a skirt.  This seminar will be taught by Maya Santandrea whose stunt work can be seen on The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Fast & Furious 7 and more (see IMDB for full list of credits). Through practical training and lectures you can learn what is truly required in the industry.

There are many ways to “break into” the industry, but there are some core skills and concepts which can help your chances. Before all that you need to ask yourself: do you really want to be a stunt performer? I mean really, REALLY want it. In this seminar you will learn what you’re getting into, and what it take to actually embark on a career in professional stunts.

This seminar will be heavily geared toward women, but all genders are welcome to join. We will begin with basic techniques, such as:

  • Fundamental falls (with and without pads)
  • Firearms safety & handling intro
  • Throwing a “picture punch”
  • Camera Awareness
  • “Selling It” – Reacting to hits, kicks, and gunshot wounds
  • Basic tumbling / shoulder rolls

We will also discuss the business, which is infinitely more complicated:

  • Equipment: what to have in your gear bag at all times (and where to buy it)
  • Film terminology 101
  • Why union membership is important
  • How wardrobe, special effects, prosthetics can (and will) ruin your day
  • Set etiquette and expectations for being part of the stunt TEAM
  • Resources for finding jobs / stunt vs actor headshots and resumes
  • Why regular training is crucial to your success

Come find out what Maya has learned about this crazy business from firsthand experience!

To register make your payment by August 31st:
Level 1: $75.00

Payments after August 31st:

Payment can also be made through PayPal to jared@jaredkirby.com

October 11th:

Tactical Training for Actors
Take a hands-on tactical training course specifically designed for actors, stunt performers, and writers taught by veteran Law Enforcement trainer, Kevin McMahon. Kevin has spent over 20 years training Bergen County Sheriff’s Officers and will give you the fundamental skills and confidence to accurately and realistically portray a character who is required to handle a firearm.

There will be two seminars offered this day.
Level 1: 12pm-4pm & Level 2: 4:30pm-8pm

Level 1 Seminar includes:
Weapon Nomenclature
Gun Handling and Drawing
Individual Movement & Positioning
Team Movement & Positioning
Door Breaches

Level 2 Seminar includes:
Room Clearing
Hallway Movements
Gun Disarms
“Set-iquette” for firearms

Participants will practice working with guns during reality based training scenarios in a controlled environment. The Level 2 seminar will end with training scenarios where you’ll be divided into Officers and Criminals and have to clear a room of bad guys!
To participate in Level 2 you must take (or have taken) Level 1.

To register make your payment by September 30th:

Level 1: $75.00

Level 2: $75.00
Both Levels: $125.00

Payments after September 30th:
Level 1: $100.00

Level 2: $100.00
Both Levels: $175.00

Payment can also be made through PayPal to jared@jaredkirby.com

November 8th:


December 13th:


Past Seminars Include:

Tactical Training for Actors
Flexibility in Film Fighting
Found Weapons Made Easy
Acting the Fight
Italian Rapier for Stage & Screen
Bond or Bowie?
Swashbuckling Sword Feats
Killing, Death & Consequences
Getting Bloody