Category Archives: Projects

Checkout upcoming & recent events, classes, and projects that Jared has been working on.

Summer 2020

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

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

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

July 20th & July 27th – Killing, Death & Consequences

August 3rd & August 17th – Knife Tricks & Solo Drills: Part 2

August 24th & August 31st – Performing Shakespeare’s Violence: Part 2

Registration for These Classes is Now Live!

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.

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.

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!

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!

May 3rd, 2020

*Due to Public Health Concerns, This Seminar has been cancelled*

Fantastical Longsword

Our Pop Culture is filled with fantastical worlds that take us all the way from Middle Earth to a galaxy far, far, away. Such30vast worlds in our collective imaginations makes it hard to separate the real life weapons and their use from the whirly-twirley moves of fantasy. Come on in on May 3rd and learn some actual Historical German longsword technique! Afterwards, we’ll work on applying those techniques and adapting them to the rules of the fantastical worlds we love to portray!

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal)
TIME: Noon – 4pm
PRICE: If Registered by May 1st – $75
If Registered After May 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

March 23rd – May 11th

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

Shakespeare’s (S)words: An 8 week NYCSS Intensive Track

This 8 week text and combat session will focus on using Shakespeare‘s “keys” to unlock your scene before integrating a sword fight to become a seamlessly part of the story. You will learn how to incorporate a characters’ violence naturally as an extension of the emotional, verbal and psychological state of so many Shakespearean characters.Beginning with a scene from Shakespeare, we will explore how the text and language reveals character intention. Then we’ll get the scene “on its feet” to work on how to tell that story through violence. We will then start rehearsing choreography to get the scene performance ready by the end of the session.Priority will be given to those who have trained with Jared Kirby and NYCSS before opening up to new students. Register by March 1st and then the session will be open to new students.

Check it Out and Sign up Here!