Stage Combat and Fisticuffs – HOLA Workshop

In this class we will explore how to use stage combat and movement to immediately heighten stakes in storytelling. A strong emphasis on acting while safely simulating physical combat on stage.  Actors will move through a series of skills both offensive and defensive, technical and vocal and eventually add language, character, and circumstance. Culminating in shared scenes in an open rehearsal using the skills we’ve learned throughout our time together.


Workshop Outline:


Class 1 and 2: Combat Fundamentals

– This week we focus on the fundamental elements of stage combat.
– A focus on safety while building a shared langue within the class cohort.
– Learning beginner combat techniques as foundation for future advanced skills.

Class 3 and 4:   Affecting our Scene Partner/Affecting an Audience

– Learning advanced combat skills with a focus on partnering.
– Mastering “sending,” and “receiving,” with attention to acting and stagecraft.
– Building a fight with a focus on character and storytelling.

Class 5 and 6:   Why do we fight? How can combat make us better actors?

– This week we focus on adding language and circumstance to combat.
– Through scene work, we will explore our characters’ physical life and need to fight when words aren’t enough.
– Borrowing elements from Michael Chekhov, Feldenkrais, and View Points work, we will explore how combat can make our acting choices more front footed and dynamic.

Class 7 and 8: Combat Demo and Closing

– The week culminates in shared combat scenes using the principals we’ve learned.
– One-on-one instruction and private choreography.
– Putting it all together with an emphasis on strong acting and storytelling.
– Closing our time together with critical feedback and finals thoughts. This is where we celebrate our hard work and bow together one last time. OSS!



  • Class 1: July 18, 2024 (Thursday), 1 – 3 PM
  • Class 2: July 23, 2024 (Tuesday), 1 – 3 PM
  • Class 3: July 30, 2024 (Tuesday), 1 – 3 PM
  • Class 4: August 1, 2024 (Thursday), 1 – 3 PM
  • Class 5: August 6, 2024 (Tuesday), 1 – 3 PM
  • Class 6: August 8, 2024 (Thursday), 1 – 3 PM
  • Class 7: August 13, 2024 (Tuesday), 1 – 3 PM
  • Class 8: August 15, 2024 (Thursday), 1 – 3 PM

(No class on July 25)


General Information and Requirements: 


  • HOLA Workshop: Stage Combat and Fisticuffs.
  • Dates of the workshop: Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 18 to August 15, 2024.
  • Time: 1- 3 PM
  • Place: IATI Rehearsal Studio.
  •  Classes will be bilingual, conducted in both English and Spanish
  • Duration: Each class will last 2 hours.
  • Please dress in comfortable movement clothes.
  • You are required to be present during all sessions. Do not register if you cannot be present for the entire workshop.
  • By attending this class, you consent to HOLA capturing and using any photographs and/or videos taken during the event for any purpose without compensation. All media will be solely owned by HOLA and may be used for publications on HOLA’s digital platforms and other communications supporting its mission.
  • The registration fee is as follows:
    • Price for HOLA members: $240*
    • Price for non-members: $600
    • Scholarships are available for artists facing financial hardship. If you are unable to pay the fee, please contact us regarding half or full scholarships.




About the instructor:

Jose-Maria Aguila is a Mexican born Actor, writer, and fight choreographer. A graduate of the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and has studied at the British American Drama Academy, Oxford University and the National Theater Conservatory.

Credits include, SWAT (CBS/Paramount+), Pose (FX), Blue Bloods (CBS), Madam Secretary (CBS), 5th of July (Amazon).

Regional: Portland Stage, Ivoryton Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, Denver Center, The Guthrie Theater.

Jose-Maria has choreographed, currently teaches and has taught stage combat/acting/movement for the actor at NYU Graduate Acting, The Stella Adler Conservatory, NYU Tisch Undergraduate Acting Program, The New School, Hamilton College, The Dalton School, Tulsa Ballet, New York Theater Workshop, Smith Street Stage, Portland Stage, The 52nd Street Project, Kids Creative Collective, Encompass Collective and Dream Yard.

“Enseñales quien eres..”


About HOLA Workshops:

The HOLA Workshops offer comprehensive training aimed at nurturing artistic growth and professional development for Latin/Hispanic artists. Curated by industry experts, these sessions illuminate new horizons for the community, providing in-depth exploration of various aspects of the theater, media, and entertainment industry. Tailor-made for Latin/Hispanic performing artists, the workshops are available at a highly affordable cost, with substantial additional discounts offered to HOLA members.


HOLA y sus talleres:

Los Talleres de HOLA ofrecen formación integral diseñada para fomentar el crecimiento artístico y el desarrollo profesional de artistas latinos/hispanos. Dictadas por expertos de la industria, estas sesiones iluminan nuevos horizontes para la comunidad, proporcionando una exploración profunda en varios aspectos del teatro, los medios de comunicación y la industria del entretenimiento. Los talleres de HOLA están hechos a medida para los artistas latinos/hispanos y tienen un costo muy asequible, con descuentos adicionales sustanciales disponibles para los miembros de HOLA.


Cancellation Policy HOLA Workshops:

Due to limited availability, please register only if you can commit to attending the entire workshop. Should you need to cancel, we require that you notify us at least 7 days before the start of the first class by emailing Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund.


Política de cancelación de los HOLA Workshops:

Esta oferta cuenta con plazas limitadas, por lo que les pedimos que se inscriban únicamente si están seguros de poder asistir al taller completo. Si necesitas cancelar tu inscripción, requerimos que nos notifiques al menos 7 antes del inicio del taller enviando un correo a Las cancelaciones hechas menos de 7 días antes de la fecha de inicio del taller no serán elegibles para reembolso.



This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



HOLA would like to gratefully acknowledge Radio Drama Network for their generous support towards our 2023-2024 educational programming supporting art that enriches our culture.



This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.



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Thursday Jul 18 2024 - Thursday Aug 15 2024


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


IATI Theater's Rehearsal Space


IATI Theater's Rehearsal Space
64 East 4th St. New York, NY 10003. 2nd floor


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