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Precautions & Protocols

The health and safety of our students and instructors is of the utmost importance to us. Due to the current global pandemic, the following protocols will be in place for all in-person training with Jared Kirby and NYCSS:

*Precautions and Protocols In Place*

The well-being of our students and instructors is our top priority, therefore the following health and safety protocols will be in place:

  • An NYCSS Admin will be taking temperatures at the beginning of every event to allow admittance into the Event.
  • MASKS will be worn at all times indoors & outdoors on the training grounds.
  • Social Distancing Practices will be in place at all times, including breaks (which will be enjoyed outdoors if at all possible).
  • If any participant is feeling ill leading up to or during the event, they will be asked to stay home and will be refunded accordingly (full or partial depending on event participated).
  • NYCSS will CANCEL a workshop at any time if deemed appropriate by the city, state or our own judgement.

In the Event a workshop is cancelled, all participants will receive a full refund

We are closely monitoring the situation and will update these protocols as needed. If you have any questions, email us at

King’s Blade

Jared and NYCSS have joined King’s Blade (a fantasy pilot by Matt Provencal) as fight choreographers

The project’s GoFundMe can be found here.

May 18th – July 6th

NYCSS Online Classes

NYCSS’s in-person weekly class may be on hold, but never fear! We are putting together a series of online classes (taught via Zoom) that will let everyone continue training from a distance. This will also allow us to go more in depth with topics not normally covered in class.

Classes will be Mondays from 6-7pm. Each class will only be $15

May 18th & May 25th – Acting the Violence

June 1st & June 8th – “Selling” Your Angles on Camera

June  15th & June 22nd – Performing Shakespeare’s Violence

July 6th & July 13th – Knife Tricks & Solo Drills

Registration for These Classes is Now Live!

June 27th, 2020

The Cat’s Glove (An Edinburgh-based Historical Fencing School) has invited Jared as an Instructor for their Online Event: McBane 2020! Jared will be teaching “Extraction and Extrapolation: Understanding a Fencing System from Historic Treatises”

There are several basic processes that will make it simpler and easier to unlock the knowledge in a treatise. With a few ‘keys’, you can extract fundamental information which will allow you to extrapolate more about a master’s fencing system.

This is a fun opportunity for both History Buffs and anyone interested in historical sword work.

Check it out and register here!

July 26th, 2020

NYCSS is Thrilled to Have Stunt Performer Simone Belli from Milan, Italy for this Special Seminar!

Take Downs with Simone Belli
(Open to ALL)

Haven’t you wanted to do the takedowns from your favorite Action movie? How many times have you been told to yourself … “if only I could do it myself?” It’s time to take the first step towards that goal!   What is a Takedown? A takedown is a technique that involves taking an opponent off-balance and bringing them to the ground (typically with the attacker landing on top). Takedowns are usually distinguished from throws by the forward motion and target of advancement (typically the legs). The techniques of movement control and techniques of BJJ, Grappling and Wrestling.

ACROfight Lab
(Must be Approved to Participate)

Fight like the superheroes do!

Access to the ADVANCED course is supervised by Jared Kirby. Write to him at for approval. Include your training background and any previous experience.

This Advanced 3 hour seminar will include:
– warm up
– pre workout
– acrobatic work
– aerial work
– acrobalance work

This ADVANCED course is recommended for professionals, advanced actor/combatants, or actors with great body perception, circus skills, acrobats or gymnasts!

For all info write to:


Where: TBA
When: TBA

Cost: TBA

More Information Coming Soon!

Simone Belli: A bit about our Guest Instructor

Simone Belli is a stunt performer and national manager on stage combat in FISAC (Italian Federation of Acrobatic & Choreoghraphed Sport) and Fight Choreographer. He regularly teaches stage combat for D-UNIT in Milan, Centro Teatro Attivo in Milan, Binario7 in Monza, Teatri Possibili, the Civic Academy of Dramatic Art “Nico Pepe” in Udine (where he received his diploma in theater in 2011), the MAT in Switzerland, and Independent Drama in London (where he teaches and trains his specialty: “takedowns”).

He constantly trains in BJJ, Krav Maga, Grappling, Stunts and Stage fight (following his Mentor Jared Kirby). Simone met Jared once in NYC and he changed Simone’s mode of thinking and what he was doing in a new, much better way. He works a lot in Milano and his own mode of teaching safe “takedowns” is growing.

Simone is certified in High Risk Firefighting, First Aid, PLE, Module A., PDI 3 cat., IRATA first level and BLSD and is a federal instructor of Krav Maga for Ares Defense Evolution, Tactical operator TAC1-2 and operator for Survival Military. He collaborates with theaters, television and film productions, with the utmost respect for safety regulations, dedicating the maximum of passion and professionalism.

July 30th – August 2nd, 2020

Teaching at CombatCon: Where History and Fantasy Meet! in Las Vegas, NV.

CombatCon is many things, but first and foremost, it’s a good time.  The goal is to provide a fun, entertaining, and educational venue for folks who like Western Martial Arts/Historical European Martial Arts in any form, be it practicing them, reading about them in their favorite books, watching them in their favorite shows and movies, seeing them in their favorite comic books, using them in their favorite games, or incorporating them into their favorite costumes and characters.

To that end, CombatCon is a combination of a martial arts convention and a fan convention.  We have something for everyone, from taking part in martial arts classes, to interacting with famous people and super knowledgeable folks in panels, to watching movies, to dancing the night away at our ball.  Bring your costumes if you’d like, but don’t feel compelled to dress up if you don’t want to.  Really, CombatCon is just an excuse to get together with friends and fun people, learn some stuff, talk about some stuff, and have a really good time.

June 14th, 2020

That’s My Knife!

*Due To Public Health Concerns, this Event Has Been Cancelled*

Few fights are more exhilarating to perform than a knife fight! Unless, of course, you’re not the one with the knife. This special seminar will focus on unarmed techniques versus an armed adversary, eventually moving on to see exactly how many ways you can go about taking that knife away from them.

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal)

TIME: Noon – 4pm

PRICE: If Registered by June 1st – $75
If Registered After June 1st – $100

Click Here to Register Now!

April 19th, 2020

*Due to Public Health Concerns, this event was postponed*

Saber For Screen & Stage

This seminar will focus on the fundamental use of the saber with an emphasis on learning performance and safety techniques as well as staging concerns for varying audience configurations and camera angles. Later in the seminar, we will work on putting these fundamentals into fight choreography.

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal)

TIME: Noon – 4pm

PRICE: If Registered by April 1st – $75
If Registered After April 1st – $100

Click Here To Register Now!

“She Kills Monsters”

*Due to Public Health Concerns, this event was postponed*

NYCSS has provided fight choreography for a production of “She Kills Monsters” at Xavier High School ( 30 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011 ) in NYC!

Performances take place on April 17th, 18th and 19th. At the school’s Keenan Commons.

April 19th, 2020

*Due to Public Health Concerns, this event was postponed*

Teaching a seminar for the Columbus Saber Academy in Ohio.

April 4th, 2020

*Due to Public Health Concerns, this event was postponed*

Jared will be serving as a Director for the Palm Beach Classical Fencing Open Tournament