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

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

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.

NYCSS Weekly Training via Monthly Membership

We are currently running a 2 hour class on Tuesday and Wednesday night that is open to all skill levels. Check out the class calendar here:


New Six Week Saturday Courses

Check out our Jan/Feb Unarmed Bootcamp on Saturdays for 6 week!

Sunday Seminars

Each month we offer a 4 hour seminar on a variety of subjects. Check them out here:


FAQs on Classes

What is Class Like?

NYC Combat for Screen and Stage is an ongoing group class that allows you to train on an individual basis. All skill levels are welcome. Our class is designed in an ongoing format to build upon your skill level and goals as a performer. Various styles are taught concurrently; on a given night you may be working on Unarmed combat while others are working on Longsword, another group on Knife, or a pair working on Choreography for a project!

How Much is Class?
  • It all depends on whether you take a Sunday seminar, a weekly class or a 6 week course, but classes tend to average around $15/hour
How Do I Attend?

All classes require a Reservation advanced booking. To reserve your class just click the appropriate link below.

Who Do I Learn From?

Head Instructor: Jared Kirby (Certified Fight Director: Art of Combat, Honorary ASCA)
Instructors: Tony Mita, Kaitlyn Farley, Vincent Lane (NYCSS Certified Instructors)

Where Do I Go?

NYCSS rents space in Manhattan studios, so you will typically be in Midtown Manhattan.

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. 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 (watch rehearsal for Poker Night too) 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.

Other Project include:

This training is perfect for Stage and Screen Actors, Dancers, 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 NycFilmFights@gmail.com or call 646.382.6945. You can find us on Facebook at NYC Combat for Screen & Stage, 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

Lifting Chokes

Knife Seminar: Advanced participants taken on location to shoot

More coming soon!

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