I was invited by a friend to go to one of the trial classes and that the theme currently they were teaching was “Gladiator”.
Which totally fits me because I’m still into Kassandra of Assassin’s Creed.
Anywho, Sandbox Training Ground does fight choreography, wireworks and much more. You want a dramatic fight scene? You can learn from there.
At the time of this post, they’re at 10 Raeburn Park which is nearish Outram. It’s a clean and quiet place. I like the spring floor of Sandbox’s it’s very springy (duh) but if you know how to do acrobatics and stuff like that, it’s a fun floor to bounce off.
With my background of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and pro-wrestling, fighting for film is totally different!
I had to reverse my usually steps which made me confused until I got it somewhat. Usually I really WOULD hit a person with my sword and the twirl while it looks dramatic in film and is so cool, it’s totally something I would not do in tournaments because it’s the best way to get stabbed quickly.
And fight choreography is safe, but you have to “sell” it which means you have to do the acting too. Which seemed odd the first time for me because in fight choreo, it looks great in FILM but it’s all “air”. It is so, soooo different from when I get smacked or something.
Did I enjoy the session? Yeah. The community there seems pretty neat and the instructor does have safety as an important thing.
Check them out if you ever want to learn how to do stunts or fight choreography, more info on their website because they’ll have the ‘fight’ of the season of teaching and you’ll be able to see what it is since they’re constantly trying to improve their syllabus.
Also, their instagram, @sandboxtrainingground is very updated so you can have a looksee too.