Class Catalog

CHOOSE YOUR OWN WORKSHOP ADVENTURE

We're offering 4 Structures of Classes

Food for Thought

Lecture

Experts will explore particular aspects of the field and share their knowledge in a presentation format. 

There will be opportunities to ask questions.

On Your Feet

Active Classes

Instructors will lead and demonstrate an active stage combat training session which you can follow along at home. 

They’re designed to be performed in your space and with ordinary objects if you’ve no theatrical weapons available. 

There will be opportunities to ask questions but not much, if any, individual feedback.

Close Encounters

Small Class Seminars

Getting a little more up close and personal, these seminars will be limited space classes for folks to engage a little more deeply either in conversation about a particular topic or practice of a particular discipline and receive more individual feedback.

If the class is full, we will start a wait-list. For more details click here.

Partnered Classes

Teachers have designed these classes for two people who are working together in the same space.

If you have someone in your life with whom you can fight in-person, these classes are for you!

All partner classes are also Close Encounters classes and have a limited number of spaces available.

You must sign up with your partner to be eligible for the class. 

Both participants must register separately for the workshop and the class. 

If the class is full, we will start a wait-list.

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Food for Thought

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Performing Shakespeare's Violence

 

Taught by Jared Kirby

Food for Thought

OPEN

Saturday - Period 1

This class will be looking at interpreting the violence of Shakespeare beginning with an introduction (or refresher course) on breaking down and reading the text. Then we will interpret the types of violent acts

that can be extrapolated from the text. This will guide our exploration of options for performers and choreographers to express character and reveal story through violence.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None.

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TheLastOneLog

Making the Leap from Stage to Screen

 

Taught by Kevin Inouye

Food for Thought

OPEN

Saturday - Period 2

While nowhere near as in-depth as his recent book, The Screen Combat Handbook, this video session will help give a quick primer to anyone wanting to take their stage combat skills into the world of screen fighting. We’ll cover playing to camera/angles, props swaps, camera motion, choreographing for the edit, a bit on composition, some tricks of the trade, and the cultural/business model differences between stage combat and stunt combat.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None.

Anarchy in the UK

Anarchy in the UK

Anarchy in the UK

 

Taught by Ruth Cooper-Brown

Food for Thought

OPEN

Saturday - Period 2

An opportunity to share the realities of co-founding and running a (accidentally) successful fight business in the UK Detailed description of what students will learning in this class.environment. I would like to explore the common traits that seem to lead to success and all

the mistakes on the way. We will include information about running a fight business, the

realities of the rehearsal room and many many anecdotes.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

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SRichardson-fight-8079

Intimate Workspaces

 

Taught by Siobhan Richardson

Food for Thought

OPEN

Saturday - Period 3

The Intimacy movement has been instrumental in helping us to observe and re-assess our workspaces, and how we approach the craft. In this class, we use the lens of The Pillars – guidelines for rehearsal and performance days – to objectively consider how each of us can support our own work and the work of our colleagues. The result is clearer communication, braver work, and ultimately more fun and more satisfying experiences for all. Taught by Siobhan Richardson, one of the original creators of this document.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

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Image by Mathew Schwartz

Introduction to Anatomy

for the Actor Combatant

 

Taught by Samantha Egle

Food for Thought

OPEN

Saturday - Period 4

We flex, we extend, we twist, we carry on, go home happy, what’d’ya say? Our body is a magical and complex thing that often goes above and beyond for us as combatants. Join me for an introduction into how our musculoskeletal system work for us within the context of this art form. We’ll explore muscles, joints, engagements, movements and more.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

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Finding Your Style

 

Taught by Leraldo Anzaldua

Food for Thought

OPEN

Saturday - Period 4

This lecture discussion will help choreographers find their voice and aesthetic of the fighting style they want to choreograph in.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

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What's in Your Stunt Bag?

 

Taught by Jessica Erin Bennett

Food for Thought

OPEN

Sunday - Period 1

Stunt performer Jess Bennett will go through all of her gear, what it’s used for, what is helpful for actors, and what a new stunt person may be investing in.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

Failing Fabulously

Failing Fabulously

Failing Fabulously!

 

Taught by Lisa Kopitsky

Food for Thought

OPEN

Sunday - Period 2

There is tremendous value in f**king up. Let’s set ourselves up for success by talking about failure - how we learn from it, how to use it, and how to incorporate it into our fights with purpose.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

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Negotiation Time: How to Recognize Your Value when Booking the Gig

 

Taught by Jonathan Rubin

Food for Thought

OPEN

Sunday - Period 2

You get the call – the producer wants to talk to you about choreographing their upcoming show! But they want you to tell them how much it will cost the company to bring you in, rather than making an offer outright. Now you need to figure out what is a fair and reasonable rate for the work that won’t undercut yourself or lose you the gig. This class will go into many of the factors to consider when determining your rate on a project from the perspective of someone who has been on both sides of that negotiation.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

NONE

Fighting Words

 

Taught by Mike Lubke

Food for Thought

OPEN

Sunday - Period 3

Take a break from learning how to perform fights and come sample an approach at crafting them.  We’ll look at developing a vocabulary to describe a character’s “fight personality” and how that interacts with choreographic choices.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

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lubke teaching

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Ethics & Pedagogy of Teaching without Touch

 

Taught by Nicole Perry

Food for Thought

OPEN

Sunday - Period 3

This online course will help you examine your methods of teaching, and create an “Ethics and Pedagogy of Touch” as a Movement Specialist. Created to address concerns of Consent, Student Empowerment, and COVID-19. This is a self-reflective session.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

Styles, Dan

Styles, Dan

Anatomy of a Fight

 

Taught by Dan Styles

Food for Thought

OPEN

Sunday - Period 4

Dan will be talking about the final fight scene in the film ‘Avengement’, which he was fight coordinator on, and which has been nominated for a Taurus World Stunt Award for Best fight.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

Interview with

Stunt Coordinator Chelsea Burland

 

Taught by Mike Yahn

Food for Thought

OPEN

Sunday - Period 4

Interview with “Stunts in Stilettos” Stunt Coordinator Chelsea Bruland about her experiences in the professional TV and film industry both in the USA and Australia. https://www.imdb.com/name/

nm0992914/

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

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Yahn and chelsea

On Your Feet

Boxing

 

Taught by Ruth Cooper-Brown

On Your Feet

OPEN

Saturday - Period 1

Drawn from my love  of boxing and from creating boxing fights for film and theatre we will explore using the  inherent properties of the Boxer and their padded gloves to create some really vicious  looking violence. 

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Optional: Boxing gloves and wraps for participants

A bit of space to move

Boxing

Boxing

Professional Wrestling 101

Taught by Killian McMurphy

On Your Feet

Beginner

Saturday - Period 2

Professional wrestling is the ULTIMATE form of 360-degree theatrical combat! Internationally traveled with television experience, wrestling veteran Killian McMurphy is ready to take you through the basics of pro wrestling so you can get some fundamentals on our great sport and have fun while doing it!

This class will be a movement class with lecture components.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Space to move

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wrestling

Translating Stage Combat for Camera

 

Taught by Mike Yahn

On Your Feet

OPEN

Saturday - Period 3

Stunt Coordinator/Fight Coordinator Mike Yahn is going to demonstrate and discuss the similarities and differences between stunt fighting and stage fighting.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Enough room to move around, swing punches throw kicks etc

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Float like a Hawk, Spring like a Deer

 

Taught by Jess Finley

On Your Feet

OPEN

Saturday - Period 3

Fighters needed for a Dance Battle!  Medieval Knights were expected to win on the tournament field and immediately spend the rest of the evening displaying superior dance skills (after cleaning up, of course). Let’s get our martial dance on!

In this class we will work hard on our footwork and body carriage, learning a variety of patterns that are useful for any medieval weapon you might pick up.  This class will be upbeat and fast-paced, so come ready to learn but also to sweat hard.  There will be a certain amount of light choreography so that once we have learned the basic steps, we can string them together into phrases with martial meaning and logic, that cover a lot of ground, and look pretty too!

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

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MMA Class 2 Image

The Art of Shadowboxing: Katana

 

Taught by Nigel Poulton

On Your Feet

OPEN

Saturday - Period 4

Function and form are interrelated. Proper posture, footwork, balance and cutting mechanics are key to the successful deployment of any weapon. This class will take advantage of weapon and movement specialist Nigel Poulton’s years of historical and classical weapons training and experience and movement pedagogy and, using the katana, will look at the mechanics of the katana and how to start to embed key principles in order to elevate your understanding and practice, as well as provide a means to self exploration in this weapon system through solo drills and form work.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

A Katana, Bokken or similar sword stand in (dowel for example)

Space to deploy a Katana.

Samurai Sword

Samurai Sword

Whiskey Tango Footwork

 

Taught by Lisa Kopitsky

On Your Feet

OPEN

Sunday - Period 1

Let’s dance. This class will focus on circular footwork by breaking out of our normal, drilling approach and playing with some Argentine tango techniques - albeit without a partner!

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Single Sword or sword stand in (stick/spoon). 

Room to move in a circle

A small object of your choosing to orient your body towards

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Putting Footwork to Work for You

 

Taught by Mike Lubke

On Your Feet

OPEN

Sunday - Period 2

Let’s think about our feet a little differently, shall we?  Classical fencing footwork works really well for what it’s designed for, but does it serve us as the basis for everything we do?  For too long, we have been kept under the heel of tedious footwork drills, and today we say no more!  We’ll break down the fundamental sub-components of combat movement and apply them in new ways that let us do what we need to do in the moment.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Tape that can be applied to the floor and used as labels (masking/painters)

Marker

Deck of cards or card app.

none, though prior understanding of fencing footwork will enhance appreciation for the class

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lubke teaching

Body Mechanics of 16th Century Fencing

 

Taught by Adam Franti

On Your Feet

Beginner - Intermediate

Sunday - Period 3

An introduction to the footwork and body mechanics of 16th century fencing as presented by Strassburg cutler and fencing master, Joachim Meyer. 

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Any sword used in one hand, and/or a sword used in two hands, or stand in for such.

Having your camera on will provide for the instructor to offer you feedback.

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Franti, Adam

Closure

 

Taught by Siobhan Richardson

On Your Feet

Sunday - Period 4

Our goal in performance is to plumb the depths of human experience, and live that genuinely for the audience. In order to do this, each performer benefits from discovering their best methods for Entering and diving into the work, and then fully and completely Exiting that experience. This is helpful for performance/shoot days and rehearsal. Plus, it’s a useful practice during this time of unknowns and multiple stressors. This class will share various approaches to Closure (both opening and closing), aiming to give the participant various approaches, that you can start integrating right away. 

Prerequisites & Equipment:

None

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SRichardson-2180

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Close Encounters

Active Hand, Deadliest Hand

 

Taught by Michael Jerome Johnson

Close Encounters

OPEN

Saturday - Period 1

In using a single-handed weapons, we sometimes forget that we have two hands. Using the principles of the Filipino Martial Arts, we’ll explore just how deadly your other hand truly is, and factor that into fight choreography.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

A stick: 18-28 inches long

A training knife or dagger (or stand in - if using a kitchen knife make sure it is DULL!)

Knowledge of using a single-handed weapon (single Sword, small sword, and/or knife) is a plus​.

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Johnson, Michael Jerome

My Sword is in My Voice

 

Taught by Siobhan Richardson

Close Encounters

OPEN

Saturday - Period 1

Grrr, Arrgh, AAaaaaahhhhh! Through our voices, our audiences learn essential information about the story of our fights and of our character’s journey. In this class, we’ll explore various tools and techniques for opening your vocal vocab, understanding your vocal instrument, developing your vocal “fight story” and touch on vocal health, taking your scene from remarkable to breath-taking. 

Prerequisites & Equipment:

 A straw. You will have the option to practice vocalizing, so warning those around you (in the home, or neighbours) might be prudent.

Decent mic/sound on your device will be very helpful

Ability to get a close frame (head & shoulders) with the video on your device

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Penelopiad-photobyDahliaKatz-7876

Double Sticks to Stick & Dagger

 

Taught by Michael Jerome Johnson

Close Encounters

OPEN

Saturday - Period 2

It’s a misconception that the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) is a stick art. It’s actually a blade art. The reason why sticks are used is because the players didn’t want to maim or kill each other. So in this class, we’ll explore how to shift from double sticks to a stick and dagger (or knife). We’ll take a couple of the siniwali drills that have been taught in various workshops and modify them for blades. Be prepared to have your understanding the the FMA expanded and deepened.

Knowledge of siniwali with double sticks a plus.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Two sticks: 18-28 inches long

A training knife or dagger (or stand in - if using a kitchen knife make sure it is DULL!)

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Johnson, Michael Jerome

Compounding the Problem:

Intro to Compound Parries

with Rapier & Dagger

 

Taught by Jon Rubin

Beginner

Close Encounters

Saturday - Period 2

The advantage to having both a rapier and dagger is the ability to use both at the same time! With compound parries we can be doubly as effective at blocking those extra spicy attacks from our character's opponent, and keep our weapons active throughout the fight! This intro class will cover the basic R&D parries, and give you an opportunity to focus your practice on using your weapons in tandem defense!

Prerequisites & Equipment:

A rapier (long single handed, narrow bladed sword) or stand in (dowel/long kitchen spoon/umbrella).

A dagger (short bladed weapon) or stand in (if using a kitchen knife, make sure it is DULL!)

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Jon rapier

Collection & Extension: 
The Techniques of the Slice and the Thrust with the Longsword

 

Taught by Jess Finley

Close Encounters

OPEN

Saturday - Period 4

Everyone knows the medieval longsword as a very “cutty” kind of weapon, but did you know it’s supposed to be equally as stabby or slicey?

In this class we will explore those other things that the medieval sword was designed to do and gain an understanding of how manipulation of collection and extension during a turn will lead us into performing a thrust or a slice, and how those intersect within the cut.  Expect to perform thrusts from low and high point-forward guards on both sides, as well as performing slices from each.  Additionally, we will explore moving from one of these four to one of the others, using extension and contraction during those altitude and orientation shifts in order to perform a variety of thrusts and slices.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Longsword or 48” dowel,

"Ladder Buddy" -inanimate training partner (or real live partner). Rig a dowel or spare sword to a ladder, a bike repair stand, a door frame, a laundry basket - anything really that you can secure so you can engage with the dowel and get some physical feedback on your actions.

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O for a Muse of Fire!

Taught by EmmaClaire Brightlyn

Close Encounters

INTERMEDIATE

Saturday - Period 4

This choreography class is a moving meditation combining the epic (and timely) opening lines to Shakespeare’s Henry V, with sword then with body. This class will foster a connection between the voice and spoken word to solo sword and movement work requiring specificity and discipline. Students will learn a short salute, followed by a brief Animal Flow.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Required Experience: Single Sword and body awareness. An appreciation of picking up choreography.

A single sword or reasonable substitute (spatula, feather duster, metre stick, pen of above average quality)

Enough room to move – floor space that is about your height and a half, squared

Camera Needs: Decent Lighting & Full Body Camera View

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Developing a Stage Combat Focused

Article or Research Paper

 

Taught by Meron Langsner, PhD

Close Encounters

ADVANCED

 

Sunday - Period 1

This workshop will help students focus and develop ideas for writing about stage combat in either a journalistic or scholarly outlet. We will analyze a short article(s) and break down what they contribute to the field, and then discuss ideas from the students with structured feedback. The goal is to help advanced practitioners or practitioner/scholars work on contributing to the growing amount of literature in our field.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Class is ideal for experienced folk with an interest in scholarship/writing

Writing materials

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Meron - Buckler

All Tied Up

 

Taught by Ruth Cooper-Brown

Close Encounters

Sunday - Period 1

How to restrain someone up out without actually doing so.

Drawing from my past experience as a Magician assistant I would like to share some simple rules and techniques to keep you safe but looking convincing. We will explore wrist and arm binding, getting tied to an object plus rope strangulations and whipping techniques.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

A 1 meter and 3 meter length of soft cord or rope, a chair and some cushions.

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All tied up

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Maghrebi Sword & Stick Fencing

 

Taught by Da'Mon Stith

Close Encounters

Sunday - Period 2

This class will explore the art of sword in the Maghreb, Northwest Africa, as it is preserved and practiced in living traditions such as el Matreg (stick fighting), Takouba (Tuereg Sword Dances) as well as from historical sources such as the “Kitāb al-makhzūn jāmiʻ al-funūn”, which loosely translates to “The Treasure that Combines All Arts” a manual that was originally written in the 9th century and contains a number of subjects related to 'furusiyya', chivalry, such as fencing with sword and lance, horse skills, and archery.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

A singlehanded sword such as a sabre, broadsword, arming sword, messer, dussack ect or a stick roughly sword length

Reactions

 

Taught by Dan Styles

Close Encounters

OPEN

Sunday - Period 3

The key to selling a fight is in the reactions. Dan will give you ways to build your reactions to give power to your attacker (or to take it away) and sell any move.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Feedback will be provided if camera is on.

Students can use partners if available, but a partner is not essential.

Styles, Dan

Styles, Dan

Ikiri Ada: Machete Fencing

in the African Diaspora

 

Taught by Da'Mon Stith

Close Encounters

Sunday - Period 4

Ikiri Ada, 'the Restless Machete' is my personal style of machete fencing that blends four traditions into a unified art for personal defense and self-expression. In this class, we will explore the fundamental principles, movements, and techniques practiced in the following fencing styles: Grima (Colombia), Tire Machet (Haiti), Garrote (Venezuela), Jogo do Facao (Brazil) as well as experience how they complement and correlate with each other.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

2 sticks between 18' to 33' long
or
2 practice machetes or any acceptable substitute.

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Partner Classes

A Theatrical Approach

to the

Rapier of Capo Ferro

 

Taught by Todd Campbell

Partnered - Close Encounters

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Saturday - Period 1

Using Capo Ferro’s ‘Gran Simulacro’ as our guide, Todd will demonstrate his theatrical approach to the plays contained in the treatises.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Should have an intermediate to advanced understanding of swordplay and demonstrate significant precision and control.

Rapier and dagger or reasonable stand in (dowel, pvc piping, etc). Ideally the rapier should be on the long side. Italian rapiers of this period tend to have blades in the 38-45” range. The class can be done with shorter blades, but it may be more challenging.

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todd rapier

A Theatrical Approach to the

Sword and Buckler of the

MS 1.33 Tower Fechtbuch

 

Taught by Todd Campbell

Partnered - Close Encounters

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Saturday - Period 2

The 1.33 sword and buckler manuscript is the oldest known fencing treatise in existence. Hidden within it’s colorful plates and Latin text, is a highly sophisticated form of personal defense. Using MS 1.33 as our guide, Fight Master Campbell will demonstrate his theatrical approach to these plays. This is an interpretation he has been developing for the past 15 years both in class and in performance.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Should have an intermediate to advanced understanding of swordplay and demonstrate significant precision and control. 
A sword and buckler, Ideally an arming sword or short sword with a simple cross. Or reasonable stand in (dowel or pvc with “edges” taped to indicate true and false. Pot lid with a center grip…)

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todd buckler

Introduction to Found Weapons

 

Taught by Daniel Levinson

Partnered - Close Encounters

OPEN

 

Saturday - Period 3

Take everyday objects and explore how we can use them as weapons. Make the mundane murderous.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Recommended Experience in Unarmed

Each group needs a single shoe, a hand or gym towel, and a wooden spoon, /wooden ruler/some other robust thin 12 inch long object. These objects will be wrestled withso they will need to be strong enough to put up with the abuse.

A work sheet and short scripts if we are doing more than one class. These will be provided in advance of class.

Camera will need to be on all the time and set far enough away to give a view of the two participants and enough room for them to fight each other.

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Kung Fu Fan

 

Taught by Leraldo Anzaldua

Partnered - Close Encounters

OPEN

Sunday - Period 1

Chinese fighting fan with kung fu style and aesthetic.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Fan/ None/ item approximate to fan

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Anzaldua.leraldoHS

Fighting for the Camera

Part 1

 

Taught by Jessica Erin Bennett

Partnered - Close Encounters

OPEN

Sunday - Period 2

 We will cover basic techniques for empty hand work with a partner in relationship to the camera. We’ll get technical. We’ll throw A LOT of right crosses.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Unarmed experience recommended.

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Fighting for the Camera

Part 2

 

Taught by Jessica Erin Bennett

Partnered - Close Encounters

OPEN/INTERMEDIATE

 

Sunday - Period 3

This second session will be a choreography intensive. Using the same choreography, we’ll move the camera and see if they can apply the lessons from the first session and still act the fight and make the angles work.

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Open to the beginner. No specific certifications needed, though familiarity with stage combat in general will be helpful. This can be knowledge gained through having choreography during a show.

cell phone on a stand of sorts that they can record on (propped securely and mobile). This class can also be successful with a third person as a rotating camera operator.

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Knaps for the 22nd Century

 

Taught by Scottie Witt

Partnered - Close Encounters

OPEN

Sunday - Period 4

Utilising a version of the Hubud Drills. This class will look at how to start disguising knaps for 22nd Century. All too often, actors do not rehearse and or underestimate the importance of practicing knaps. Students should expect to deconstruct knaps and work with others in this zoom world to discover a better way to do knaps. This class will look at respecting knaps!

Prerequisites & Equipment:

Previous unarmed experience recommended

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knaps 22nd cent witt

 
 
 
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