Adventures in a screen combat class

Bought a complimentary class for NYC Combat for Stage and Screen on Groupon, and man was it worth it.

I entered the practice area on my booked day dressed in my comfy gym clothes. Took off my shoes as instructed, and gingerly found a partner when class began. I don’t remember what I imagined a stage and screen combat class would look like, but I do remember being shocked (right along with my fellow newbie partner) by how the entire room broke into staged chaotic violence the moment our instructor finished prepping us beginners.

It was fake, bloody magic. In one corner, a young lady was being stage-dragged across the floor by her hair. On my opposite side, some skinny dude had just stage-kneed his kneeling victim in the mouth. “Wow!” I remember thinking. “Being an adult is great because I can pay for stuff like this!”

Adulting

All jokes aside, this class is great, and a must for any actor who dreams of booking action roles. After just one class, I left with a solid understanding of how to successfully perform and sell jabs and hook punches on-screen.

…I think I’m ready for swords.