In less than a month I’ll be teaching Theatrical Martial Arts* (TMA) at the Nordic Stage Fight Society’s Summer workshop. The next couple of weeks will be featuring some suggestions for how to prepare for this kind of movement. One of the common difficulties in this discipline is targeting accuracy with kicks. So start […]Read More Unarmed Martial Arts For Actors
Hello friends and colleagues! The summer is well upon us, and with it, the stage combat workshop season. I hope you’ve been doing all your prep work: eating well, keeping your joints healthy, keeping an eye on your alignment, getting into fighting shape… (start here and work your way through, for some ideas). If all […]Read More Preparation Time!
Just as a stable core is necessary for good structure, so is a flexible one integral to storytelling. As actor/combatants we need to be able to collapse forwards or backwards and left or right at any given place in our torsos in order to play attacks and wounds at specific locations. Most people don’t focus on […]Read More Building Your Physical Foundation: spine flexibility
Video overload today. Forearms do a lot of work during hours and hours of swordplay. The most common complaint after fatigue (solution: do your cardio!), is sore and tired forearms. Not much time left, but get started on building that strength. Check out all the muscles in your forearms! So cool! You will undoubtedly be shown […]Read More Building Your Physical Foundation: forearms
As promised, here are some drills that you can do with a sword or “sword-like object”, as Steaphen Fick says in his longsword book. First, here’s a great handling exercise from Guy Windsor’s blog: http://www.swordschool.com/wiki/index.php/Fiore_cutting_drills#basic. Let me draw your attention to a few specific aspects: – arms are extended but not locked – elbows bend […]Read More Building Your Physical Foundation: sword drills
For many years, I didn’t actually know what “Core” is. I knew it had something to do with torso and stability, and I knew it was was important — people were always telling me that I needed to use it — but I had no specifics. For years I would just squeeze everything from my […]Read More Building Your Physical Foundation: Core
“One of the best pieces of advice Siobhan gives when she teaches is ‘think about your breathing’.” There is a big difference between “Breathe! Breathe! Don’t forget to breathe!” and a gentle reminder of “think about your breath”. The former is perhaps not as useful a note as the reminder to make choices about your […]Read More Building Your Physical Foundation: Breath