Art of Combat

Fight Choreography & Tactical Training
 

Art of Combat
Image Galleries

There are moments when frozen in time, reveal the true ART of combat.

Art is expression. It is the visual or audible representation of what an individual feels within, and how they reveal their true form to the world. There is such beauty in a strike, or a gesture or attack. Even when at rest, one can appreciate the moment. This art can be expressed in many different forms, and when we’re fortunate, we capture that moment forever.

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Art of Cinema

Stylized Images for Film & Artwork

When developing the look and fighting style of a character for a film, every aspect of that character is considered. This includes their strengths, weaknesses, fears, talents, history, journey, and their world.

If you give a character techniques that don’t match their physique or physical talents, the fight will look terrible and unnatural. All too often, film fights are too heavily choreographed, or the character performs skills unnatural to their physique or character, and the fights don’t match their world.

The image example to the left is our poster for “RELENTLESS”. Our signature character “The Ninja” (Alex Mishun: Gymnast/Diver/Parkour Expert), is pitted up against a band of unsuspecting S.W.A.T.

Our Ninja uses stealth, precision based attacks, acrobatics, and a unique talent to “teleport”, which is an exaggerated use of “ninja vanish”. The S.W.A.T.s however, rely on firepower, numbers, and shear strength to fight. They’re not martial artists, so their fighting style was raw and clumsy.

The fights had to be believable between the characters and their world. It was also designed to incorporate stylized editing in post. For our RELENTLESS films, we have currently 3 categories of Fighting Styles: “Ninja”; “S.W.A.T.”; and the newly developed “Bounty Hunter”, which will be featured in the next film.


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Art of Training

The world is our studio and inspiration.

As a trainer for over 20 years, one of my favorite moments was training alone in my own studio, with only daylight breaking through the windows, or a single light source at night. With the students gone, doors locked, and my studio quite, I found time to rediscover my passion. That is what kept the fire burning. One can not constantly give his knowledge to others, without refueling his own passion and training to exhaustion and shear pain.

To lose yourself in the moment, to hear the whisper of pain in your ear saying “Hello my friend… we meet again”. To constantly challenge yourself and strive for more, and never rest on your past accomplishments, that is something powerful.

Beyond the walls of the studio, there is our world full of beauty. To find a solitary place of beauty and magnificence… and to train with the elements of uneven earth, an unforgiving sun, wind, rain, or cold… that is where one discovers the art of training.

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Combative
Immersion

Even the Fight, can be a beautiful art.

I developed the Art of Combat originally as my studio where I trained children, adults, and fighters. I later combined it with my passion for filmmaking and my desire to bring intense and believable fights to the films I work on.

Whether I am training purely for the art, purely for myself… or I’m creating a fight scene for a film… I always focus on the beauty of attack, the stance, the gesture, the feeling of belonging to the world it’s in. I’ve always admired the beauty of combative arts, and I respect their lethality.

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