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Intimacy and Fight choreography

The Two-Week Workshop: or, Tech Week x2

Some people have never done an intensive certification workshop before, so here's a head's up: A two-week intensive is like Tech Week in a theatre, except two consecutive weeks of it. As such, it is an excellent "proving ground" for the professional working world. If...

Injury Prevention: wrist alignment

An alignment error I see a lot is over-extension of the wrist.   Your wrist alignment should be in a biomechanically-sound position.   Remember that when you're using a sword, you are hoping to make contact with your adversary and therefore meet some resistance. If...

Building Your Physical Foundation: forearms

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...

Building Your Physical Foundation: feet

Your feet are your stability. They are your first line of communication with the floor, but so many of us spend all of our time in shoes that don't allow us to feel the floor. For this reason, I like to start many of my classes with a foot warm-up. After you've done...

Cool-Down/Warm-Down

I know they're not scheduled during the workshop, but be sure to do a cool-down or have a personal cool-down routine. It's two weeks of long days. Give your mind and body some cues that it's time to rest, recuperate and relax. Maybe it's a particular food you need to...

Warm-ups

We all have different bodies and so we have different needs (you'll hear me say this ad nauseum).  You'll find that your body reacts to physical work differently than the people around you. There is a group warm-up scheduled every day of the workshop, but even so, it...

Adjusting To A New Location

Some like to arrive on the eve of the workshop, but I like to give it an extra day. It gives me time to get settled in my new "home". I can find the grocery store, scout out a massage therapist and a yoga studio, test out my route to the location, and get unpacked. It...

Hit Something!

Many people who come to stage combat have not studied martial arts and very often they have never been in a fight or in a sparring/fencing situation. So that you can play the force and structure of a hit -- on both the giving and receiving ends, you'll do yourself a...

Glossary

So you have in your hands the FDC Glossary. Yes, you will take a written test on the information therein. Especially if you have trouble with written tests, please remember that we want you to pass. The test is based on information that is in the glossary and is...

Preparing Your Mental Foundation: acting

Everyone's process is personal, and on top of that, not everyone who attends a stage combat workshop is a professional actor, so this post will outline a few different strategies that may help you prepare for your workshop. But first, what to expect. As mentioned in...

Building Your Physical Foundation: Core

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...

Stuff You Need: Footwear

Let's take a quick break from workouts and technique, and talk equipment (just in case you need to order something before the start of the workshop). After gloves, one if the most important pieces of personal equipment is footwear. For training situations, simply wear...

Stuff to watch: fencing bouts and free play

Before I get to the videos, this must be said: (mounting upon Soapbox): The only way to learn martial arts is from an instructor. This way, you see the art in motion, you see movement as a response to an incoming stimulus. The instructor draws your attention to...

Stuff You Need: Scenes

Along the lines of mental preparation, let's chat about fight scenes. (Skip to the bottom if you're in a situation where you don't need text.) For FDC certifications (and many other societies) you may choose your own scenes for your test fight, but some teachers will...