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Unarmed Martial Arts For Actors

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 […]

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Bring it!

One of our tasks as actors, arguably the prime task, is to commit. “What am I fighting for?” is a more passionate re-phrasing of “What’s my intention?”. The purpose of the re-wording is to remind the performer that it’s not enough to know what you need. You must commit to the pursuit of that need. A lack […]

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Importance of Cool Down

After an intensive day of filming last weekend, I was reminded of the importance of cooling down. When I got home after fighting on set for several hours, I took a hot bath with Epsom Salts and then did various self-care activities for almost two hours. These activities included stretching, massage to work out muscle knots, hydrating and […]

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review: Line Learner (app)

There’s several apps out there for helping you to learn your lines, but Line Learner is my favourite. It’s $4.59 and incredibly good value. Even the free version, Line Learner Lite, is extremely useful and will give you a sense of how the paid app works. In the Record tab, you read through the whole script, tapping Record Me to record […]

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Beginning the #FightLife!

FDC’s National Workshop begins tomorrow! How are you feeling on your way into the workshop? I hope you’re brimming with excitement, and are ready to adapt to any and all curveballs. I know I’m excited and I totally wish I could be there with you! Remember to find the enjoyment in the experience and approach […]

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