NYC Combat for Screen & Stage

“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.

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!

New for 2019: Specialized Weapon Tracks!

NYCSS is happy to announce new, focused tracks in our Wednesday night classes! Whether you have trained with NYCSS or not, you have the opportunity to focus on building skills in a particular weapon on Wednesday nights from 6-7pm.

August 14th- October 16th (10 weeks): Knife – Registration is closed
October 23rd- December 18 (8 weeks): Sabre

Click here to register and take part in this amazing opportunity!

How Much is Class?

At NYCSS we understand that a performer’s weekly schedule can be tough. That’s why we provide multiple options to register for class.

  • Single Class – $30
    – Perfect for a schedule that requires a casual training or “drop-in” approach.
  • Set of 4 Classes – $90 ($22.50/class)
    – Consecutive classes to build your skills (must be used in a 6 week period).
  • Set of 8 Classes – $150 ($18.75/class)
    – Consecutive classes to build your skills into choreography (must be used in a 12 week period).
  • Set of 16 Classes – $275 ($17.00/class)
    – Consecutive classes to build your skills into choreography (must be used in a 22 week period).

If you are registering for a set of 4, 8, 16 classes: Make your class reservation then ignore the subsequent payment page. Please email us to arrange cash payments or use this for PayPal/Credit Card.

How Do I Attend?

All classes require a Reservation at least 24 hours in advance with payment made in advance. You can cancel up to 24 hrs prior to class and apply your payment to a future class. All cancellations less than 24 hrs prior to class forfeit their payment.

To reserve your class just click the appropriate link below.

2019 Class Schedule – Wednesday nights

Reservations close 24 hours prior to class. After that  email us to see if space is available

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

Where Do I Go?

Classes are from 6:00-7:00pm at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy in DUMBO (29 Jay St. Brooklyn NY 11201). You will need to buzz to be let in and the Studio number will be on a sign in the lobby under “Martinez Academy of Arms”. Using the subway, the “F” train is the closest line. From Manhattan take the F train towards Coney Island – Stillwell Av to the York Street Station. It is approximately a 3 minute walk on Jay Street to GKA. Driving directions can be found here. You will need comfortable clothes to work in and a pair of clean sneakers.

Ring the Buzzer to get in

I Can’t Attend Wednesday nights. How Can I Train?

Can’t make weeknights?
Once a month there is a 4 hour Sunday Seminar. Click on the link for the subjects, dates and times.
There are also opportunities like the NYCSS Summer Intensive each year.
Private Lessons are available.


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 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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