The Academy of Theatrical Combat offers swordplay and hand-to-hand combat training for action actors, stunt performers, and anyone interested in learning about movie fights.
Students begin at the basic level, covering safety and the primary techniques of hand-to-hand combat, rolls and falls, cutlass, broadsword, and quarterstaff. Intermediate and advanced students continue mastering and learning more advanced applications for all these disciplines as well as moving on to double cutlass, single rapier, rapier and dagger, smallsword, and katana.
All students train in learning choreography and quickly bringing fights to a performance level. Students perform for camera regularly and receive feedback from both New York City and Hollywood Fight Coordinators.
Personal training and private lessons are also available.
The Academy of Theatrical Combat & SAGA Action Arts have teamed up to present, THE ACTION HERO ACADEMY, a collaborative training experience for actors and stunt performers looking to master multiple disciplines of combat, action performance, and acting for film and television.
CURRENT NYC CLASSES
HOLLYWOOD SWORD FIGHTING
Master the art of performing sword combat for TV, Film & Stage.
This ongoing, mixed-level class focuses on sword combat techniques AND the acting skills necessary to create character-driven sword fighting scenes that build a sense of danger & excitement.
New students begin at the basic level, covering safety and the primary techniques of Broadsword (Game of Thrones, The Witcher, LOTR) and Cutlass/Single Sword (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Duelist, Hook). Intermediate and advanced students continue mastering these weapons along with quarterstaff, double cutlass, single rapier, rapier and dagger, smallsword, katana, and more. Students perform for camera in every class, including filmed fight scenes that receive feedback from professional Hollywood Fight Coordinators.
PLEASE NOTE: New students must begin classes on the first Wednesday of the month.
7 – 9pm
BRAWLS & FALLS
Master the art of performing hand-to-hand combat for TV, Film & Stage.
Co-taught by the Academy of Theatrical Combat & Saga Action Arts, this mixed-level class focuses on unarmed combat AND the acting skills necessary to portray realistic combat and violence for any genre of TV, Film & Stage.
Students begin by building a foundation in safety mechanics and the performance techniques of punches, kicks, blocks, rolls, falls, throws, grappling, etc. Intermediate and advanced students build on these basics in order to master more complex fight sequences, as well as learn to choreograph their own theatrical fights. Students perform for camera in every class, including filmed fight scenes that receive feedback from professional Hollywood Fight Coordinators.
11am – 1pm
The Academy of Theatrical Combat Curriculum is now taught as an elective at Maggie Flanigan Studio.
Combat for Film and Stage (Level 1): Hand-to-Hand & Single Sword Combat
Combat for Film and Stage (Level 2): Theatrical Combat Scene Study
For more information or to enroll, please email…
PRIVATE LESSONS & SWORD CONDITIONING
Private and semi-private lessons are available in any discipline the Academy offers.
Get into warrior shape with Sword Conditioning, our unique personal training system that uses sword-fighting exercises to build mobility, strength, and agility.
Email email@example.com to book a private lesson or sword conditioning session.
Young Heroes In Training
Join the fun at Theatrical Combat NYC and begin your journey in the art of Action Acting as a young Hero-In-Training! In this class, students will have the opportunity to explore the basics of stage and screen combat. Our diverse curriculum includes swordplay, martial arts, rolls, falls, throws, acting, and more! Along with learning to perform like their favorite action heroes, students will explore the importance of teamwork, creativity, communication, and self-discipline.
Class Fight Performances & Training Videos
Level One Exam Fights
Level Two Exam Fights
Historical Exam Fights
Hand to Hand Training
(Cutlass/Sabre, Broadsword, Rapier & Dagger, Smallsword, Quarterstaff, and more)
Hand to Hand Combat
Throws & Grappling
Rolls & Falls
Katana and Kali Stick Fighting are also incorporated into the training at Theatrical Combat NYC but are not a formal part of the curriculum.
THEATRICAL COMBAT NYC