Entwinted

Intimacy and Fight choreography

working out at home with rags

Back to maintaining fitness. Here's a series of workouts you can do in a relatively small space, with no equipment other than some rags or washcloths! Have fun! ... and be mindful of your structure! You want quality over quantity.  ...

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...

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...

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...

Approach to learning

Always come from a place of curiosity. Yes, we want to get every detail down correctly. But it's too tempting to be hard on ourselves, particularly in the intensity of a rehearsal or workshop situation. Too often we think, "I should be able to get this", and become...

the Kicktionary

Who's taking Theatrical Martial Arts (Eastern Martial Arts for Stage) this summer? You'll want to watch this video: The Kicktionary by Eric Jacobus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qylxk4pTcno   Not that you'll be asked to do each and every one of these, but it's good...

100 no-equipment workouts

Oftentimes, our obstacles to working out regularly include the following: we don't know what to do we don't have access to a gym or classes we don't want to or are unable to purchase exercise equipment we think we don't have the space to work out at home. Here's a...

Preparation Time!

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...

Soapbox: Retractible Knives

Inspired by a theatre company's request for retractible knife recommendation: In fight direction circles for stage, retractible knives are generally considered extremely dangerous and unnecessary. It's one of those things, like contact slaps, that most people don't...

Crossing Borders

We spent this weekend visiting our dear friend and mentor, Dwight McLemore and his lovely wife, Jeneene (she makes a delicious peanut soup, by the way!). During this trip, we remembered a few key things about driving across borders, so I thought it would be helpful to...

Stuff You Need: swords and more

Missing the fightlife? Committed to furthering your training in stage combat? You may want to invest in a sword so that you can do some solo work at home (if you get a companion to it, you might just interest someone nearby, too!). It's one way you can keep your...

Posting Video Of Your Test Fights

Congratulations! You've spent hours and hours on your test fights, and you should be proud of all the work you've done! At this point, many people want to post the video of their exam, but I caution against it. Posting the video from your test fight is like posting...

Planning A Workshop

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. — Abigail Adams   Craving some more stage combat? Some fighting and community? Plan a workshop! Few of us are lucky enough to have a community close-by, so you may...

Workshop Hangover

I first heard this expression from Peppe Östensson. It describes the withdrawal we all feel after a workshop. We're mentally exhausted and physically depleted. Plus, you're leaving the people who have become your family over the last two weeks. You've created deep...

Story

For FDC's National Workshop, 2014. It's test day. Remember: It's all about the story. It's tempting to get caught up in performing the technique perfectly, and yes, perfect technique is lovely to watch. But in the end, if you don't know why you're there, what your...