So I have begun to explore my inner badass…my inner Steven Seagal. I am learning how to stunt fight and it is everything I had hoped for minus my bruised foot and not being able to walk today.
My first stunt class was last night and leading up to it I was nervous. What do I wear? How many men will I be fighting? Will they laugh when they see my moves? Do I even have moves? Should I warm up? Is it wrong to have a theme song?
The class started at 7 but I was late. Always a bad start. I hate being late. Steven Seagal wouldn’t be late for a fight. I bring up Steven Seagal obsessively because when I first came up with the idea to stunt fight I contacted Art Camacho- a man often hired to train celebrities for movies. He has worked with Steven Seagal and that was a selling point for me. I mean have you seen “Under Siege”? It’s a classic in my book. So I thought , if there is a person who could teach me it would be him. I was right, he is that good.
I walked in the room and my worst fears were realized. There were 3 very large men kicking and punching each other while making grunting noises I didn’t know humans could make. ( I now added- noise making to my list of worries) I wanted to turn around! But, I had come this far. There was no turning back.
Lesson one- you don’t actually kick or hit people. I learned this the hard way. I have a hunch that’s were my bruised foot came from. You are supposed to brush by their face and cheat it. This is harder than you may think.
Lesson two- 3 hours of training is no joke. I now support the paychecks action stars receive. They deserve every penny. Not only is it extremely hard to remember all the choreographed moves but it’s the most exhausting workout . Beats Cardio Barre, Pop Physique, Bar Method and yoga hands down.
Lesson Three- Looking like a badass is hard to do when you can’t catch your breath and don’t remember what move comes next. Seeing a large Russian man’s foot coming towards my head kept causing me to go blank.
Lesson four- stunt fighters don’t care when you say you are tired and need a break- just the opposite really. They add another sequence and say from the top.
But, after it was all said and done I loved it- even with all my complaining. I walked out of there with a pep in my step and my head held a little higher. I beat up 3 huge dudes and I felt like a badass. I will also say for the record that I found myself making grunting noises while throwing punches. It’s kinda hard not too.