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).


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.

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:

Anything is a Weapon!
Many moments of violence for stage and screen have no “weapons.” That said, a book, a towel, a broom or a pillow cushion can be used in a violent manner which will enhance the story being told. Knowing how to do this well can greatly enhance the realism in a scene (or sometimes the hilarity!).

This course will start with fundamental training for Stage & Screen Combat. After understanding the key elements of safety, distance and angles participants will work a little knife to practice cutting and thrusting before moving into how to make anything into a weapon. After learning a few rules, we will choreograph short scenes and explore all the fun, exciting and unique ways that something like a banana can defend against a remote control!

Payments before October 31st:

Payments after October 31st:

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

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
Stunts for Women (and Men are welcome too)