Breakfall Studios

Breakfall Studios Training for New York stunt performers and actors via regularly scheduled workshops. Our facility is fully equipped with a variety of pads, mats, prop weapons, a basic rig system, scaffold, and more.
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From one of our favorite podcasts!!
04/28/2021

From one of our favorite podcasts!!

We've teamed up with @blackmagicnewsofficial to GIVE AWAY tons of awesome gear. ⁠

We figured, the best way to help you #JustShootBlackmagic is with gear in your hands. This week we're giving the game-changing Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K! Like THIS post (❤️) and tag a friend (who you think should listen to Just Shoot It) for an additional chance to win! ⁠

***REPOST - If you have already entered, you are still eligible to win. One entry per person, plus additional entry for tagging a friend.***

HOW TO ENTER our Black Magic Design Giveaway:⁠

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04/26/2021

We will watch The Academy Awards when they have a stunts category.

#StandUpForStunts

04/19/2021

We are proud to host this Guns For Reel workshop! Highly recommended. Here is a HL from one of Charles Haskins' past workshops. Touch base with Charles to reserve your spot.

https://vimeo.com/301543437

Props to Jocko Sims and Decater James
04/11/2021

Props to Jocko Sims and Decater James

Photos from SAG-AFTRA's post
04/05/2021

Photos from SAG-AFTRA's post

SAG-AFTRA - SAG Awards Special 2021
04/03/2021
SAG-AFTRA - SAG Awards Special 2021

SAG-AFTRA - SAG Awards Special 2021

SAGAFTRA.ORG // SAG-AFTRA SPECIAL ISSUE 2021 24 SPARKS FLY IN THIS EXPLOSIVE SCENE FROM 6 UNDERGROUND. CHRISTIAN BL ACK/NETFLIX THIS YEAR'S NOMINATED STUNT PERFORMANCES IN TELEVISION SAGAFTRA.ORG // SAG-AFTRA SPECIAL ISSUE 2021 24Articles in this issueCover MEET YOUR NOMINEES PLACE YOUR VOTES FASHIB...

Stunt and Trek fans! This is the podcast for you!
03/18/2021

Stunt and Trek fans! This is the podcast for you!

Tom Morga as Riker's stunt double from the season 1 #StarTrekTNG episode "Conspiracy". Tom worked on #StarTrek as far back as the first movie, and continued through to Enterprise. Hear from him tomorrow on the new Trek Untold - https://buff.ly/2OsjPn6 #stunts #stuntman #stuntdouble

03/18/2021
On Air Artist Spotlight with Calvin Ahn

Check out the most recent Inwood Art Works On Air podcast where our good friend Calvin Ahn discusses his experiences as a stunt performer! Audio link is live today, video drops Saturday.

Video Link (airs Saturday March 20 @ 8pm EST)

https://youtu.be/KpPHQcxKPpQ

Audio link: http://www.inwoodartworks.nyc/stage-works/inwood-art-works-on-air/

Inwood Art Works On Air podcast presents Artist Spotlight: Calvin AhnWelcome to Inwood Art Works On Air! Where we meet the musicians, filmmakers, writers, t...

03/11/2021
New York Combat Sambo

New York Combat Sambo

Beginning May we will be considering new student enrollments. NYCS will now be operating as a private club. We will no longer accept walk in students or cold calls that do not fulfill the following criteria.

In order to be considered for membership you must:

1) Have an invitation from myself, a current student, coach or a referral from someone we know and trust.

2) You must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past you final dose).

If you are fully vaccinated and have an invitation/referral, we can schedule a trial class. Starting May, trial students must be available to attend a 6pm Monday evening class.

We will offer a 10% discount on annual memberships for current SAG-AFTRA stunt performers.

For walk-in students who don't have an invite, we will offer several "open enrollment" periods during the year, where anyone can come try a class: During the months of June, September and January.

Tuition options will be:
-Annual: $2300
-20 class pack: $400 (1 year exp date)

All classes will be pre-registration only and limited to 6:1 student to coach ratio.

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions or inquiries..

Definitely worth listening to!
03/11/2021

Definitely worth listening to!

Team Deakins looks into the world of movie stunts with Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director, Ben Cooke (MULAN, 1917, SKYFALL, CASINO ROYALE). We learn about the different areas of stunt work and the different experiences of being a stunt double or a stunt coordinator on a film. He talks about his experience of stunt doubling Daniel Craig in the Bond movies and tells us all about the huge stunt in Quantum of Solace and how learned he was doing it just the day before. We also talk about the stunts in Snow White and the Huntsman. Other areas we covered were working with locals in a large stunt sequence, the most undervalued aspects of a stunt job, dealing with an actor who wants to do all his own stunts, and creating stunts that fit into the tone of the movie. As he was the stunt coordinator on the film 1917, we dived into that experience in detail. We learned a lot about this area of filmmaking in this episode - don’t miss it!-⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
RECOMMENDED EPISODE VIEWING: 1917, Casino Royale⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Hey! Need a new mat? Help out and pick up a Mancino mat! Like many, they are really struggling due to the effects of cov...
02/26/2021
A Lansdale gymnastics mat maker is on the ropes, and so is U.S. manufacturing | Maria Panaritis

Hey! Need a new mat? Help out and pick up a Mancino mat! Like many, they are really struggling due to the effects of covid. Stunt, gymnastic, and martial art peeps - pick up a new mat! Spread the word! Mancino Manufacturing

Mancino Manufacturing is a family-owned business battered by the pandemic. Their story is not unlike the global chip shortage that has U.S. leaders concerned about U.S. strength.

Mucho gracias to Ted Williams for sporting our Breakfall Studios hat on set today! You rock brother! So glad to see you ...
02/23/2021

Mucho gracias to Ted Williams for sporting our Breakfall Studios hat on set today! You rock brother! So glad to see you are back at work!

AND we are not worth to be in the same pic as Stunts Unlimited 🙏🙏🙏

Hi all, wanted to share info about our space. We are a private intimate sized studio available for use as a location, pr...
02/19/2021

Hi all, wanted to share info about our space. We are a private intimate sized studio available for use as a location, previz shoots, auditions, rehearsals, classes, etc. Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, we are well stocked with prop weapons, full kit of mats and pads, a small rig and scaffold, and martial art gear.

Past clients have included Spike TV, Matador Content, Roman Candle Casting, Bellator MMA, Burning Hammer Productions, and many independent film productions.

You can learn more about us here:
http://breakfallstudios.com/

Feel free to pm us or email [email protected] for more info.

Hey! If you're looking to diversify your sets or hire great PAs feel free to reach out to Harold Williams at hwilliams@b...
02/14/2021
"Made in NY" Production Assistant Training Program | Hire | BWI

Hey! If you're looking to diversify your sets or hire great PAs feel free to reach out to Harold Williams at [email protected].

Harold is the training coordinator at the Made In NY training program. They train and place PAs of color.

Need to hire production assistants? You can count on “Made in NY” production assistants to be pre-screened, trained, and experienced.

Congrats to all our peers involved in these productions! Well deserved honors by the SAG Awards for Stunt Ensemble in a ...
02/05/2021

Congrats to all our peers involved in these productions! Well deserved honors by the SAG Awards for Stunt Ensemble in a motion picture or television series.

01/05/2021

To our actor or rookie stunt friends, many have asked during the year about our basic falls workshop we generally offer during the year. We miss doing them terribly! Sadly, we are still not able to offer group classes. However, we can teach private lessons (distanced, masked, following all covid-19 protocol) for up to 2 people. If anyone is interested in booking a semi-private falls lesson for themselves and a partner (or has questions), shoot us a PM or email me at [email protected]

Several people have asked where the Go Fund Me for New York Combat Sambo had gone as they wished to donate. In truth, I ...
12/08/2020
NY Combat Sambo Covid Fundraiser Continued, organized by Stephen Koepfer

Several people have asked where the Go Fund Me for New York Combat Sambo had gone as they wished to donate. In truth, I had shut it down when we met our goal 6 months ago. However, the harsh reality is that we could still use some support. If you are one of the people who have urged me to continue fundraising and set up a new Go Fund Me, as much as I wish I did not need to, I thank you! If you have trained with us in the past and wish to support our studio, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. There is no pressure to do so. We have received so much love already. But, if you wish to, the option is now available.

Hi all, several people have asked where our Go Fund Me from March had gone … Stephen Koepfer needs your support for NY Combat Sambo Covid Fundraiser Continued

....the Academy has also added outstanding stunt performance by an individual or team in a drama, comedy, limited series...
12/08/2020
Television Academy Merges Variety Talk and Sketch Back Together, Among Other Emmy Changes For 2021

....the Academy has also added outstanding stunt performance by an individual or team in a drama, comedy, limited series or movie as a new category.

“This new award will recognize stunt performers themselves; previously, there have only been stunt coordination categories,” the org said. “The award will acknowledge actual stunt artists whose performances across the global television medium are integral to storytelling each season. Team entries will be capped at four entrants.”

The Television Academy revealed several rules changes late Friday for next year’s 73rd Emmy Awards, including the surprising decision to merge variety talk and variety sketch back into one ca…

Is that pandemic solo training driving you stir crazy yet?
12/07/2020
How's that pandemic training treating you?

Is that pandemic solo training driving you stir crazy yet?

Ready to stop solo training and get back to "normal" life in 2021? Be careful what you wish for. You may miss this when its gone ;)And I know you love ABBA, ...

Behind-The Stunts
11/26/2020

Behind-The Stunts

Sad news as we learn of the passing of Jery Hewitt. He started his stunt career back in the late seventies and had over 200 credits to his name including Fort Apache The Bronx in 1981, Crocodile Dundee 1986, See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989, Daylight 1996 plus over 200 episodes of Law and Order SVU.
For me he will always be remembered for this incredible fall in The Soldier in 1982.
Jery will be remembered in the stunt community as a teacher, a friend and a game changer.

On Friday, November 27, we will have a small gathering from 4:30-6:00pm at the Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home in Warwick to bid our farewells. We ask that you respect all Covid-19 protocols. This spring we will assemble many more to celebrate this great man and his bright light. Until then, and in the meantime, we are all held tight by your warm embraces, born out of your love for Jery, and for us. To you, we return that love. We are thankful for you and for getting to spend our lives with Jery.



If you would like to make a donation in Jery’s name, he was quite fond of Beautiful People Sports, Adaptive Sports for children with Disabilities. Jery (no surprise there) was a frequent volunteer for them. Beautiful People Sports, 28 Railroad Ave # 4A, Warwick, NY 10990, or online www.beautiful-people.us or to Warwick Food Pantry, 135 Forester Avenue, Warwick, NY 10990 or any local food pantry.

March 6th, 1949 - November 20th, 2020

Great history and lineage here!
11/13/2020
Hollywood - Ep 5 : Hazards of the Game

Great history and lineage here!

This episode is all about the unsung heroes of the silent film era: stuntmen. It's a pretty fascinating look at how some of those stunts were done and it's t...

Fighting Spirit Film Festival: All Action Martial Arts
11/12/2020

Fighting Spirit Film Festival: All Action Martial Arts

#FSFF2020 Short Film #18 Rewind Directed by Stephen Koepfer, Paul Varacchi

Synopsis: Two men meet to settle a score, but there can only be one winner. Who will it be?

A little bit about the director:

Stephen Koepfer:
Stephen is a lifelong New Yorker and martial artist. He holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Judo and a Master of Sport of Russia in Combat Sambo. As head coach of New York Combat Sambo, which he founded in 2003, Stephen has coached his team to multiple victories in both national and international combat sports. He was a Team Coach for the 2008 US World Sambo Team as well as Head Coach for the 2015 - 2018 US Combat Wrestling World Team. Stephen is an ABC approved MMA referee and judge. A SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, since childhood Stephen has dreamed of working in the film and television industry; even having attended film-making camp during several summers of his youth. As he grew older he continued to experiment with film-making. At first with an old super-8 camera of his father's and later with modern digital technology. After high school, where Stephen focused on visual art, he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City on a full scholarship where he earned his BFA. Stephen later earned his Master's degree from Hofstra University. Recognized for his martial arts expertise, Stephen served as a technical adviser for The Human Weapon (history Channel), the season one finale of Dhani Tackles the Globe (Travel Channel), where he appeared as himself, Bellator NYC: Countdown to Sonnen vs. Silva, also appearing as himself, and has produced several award-winning documentaries. As a stunt performer, Stephen has been fortunate enough to work on John Wick Parabellum, The Blacklist (NBC), The Punisher (Netflix), DEVS (FX on HULU), Hunters (Amazon), and Ray Donovan (Showtime). In 2015 Stephen co-founded Breakfall Studios with his partner
and fellow martial artist/stunt performer Paul Varacchi.

Paul Varacchi:
Paul Varacchi has called many places home before returning back to Manhattan, the city that he loves. After studying International Hotel and Restaurant Management at Johnson & Wales Paul moved out West, which became the birthplace of Paul's 20 year long career as a chef. After returning to NYC Paul worked in many esteemed restaurants, including the Spotted Pig where he began pursuing his love of Martial Arts. Paul Varacchi is a certified Krav Maga Instructor, the only American to be certified by Professor Itay Gil of Protect Israeli Security Systems and the Director-in-Charge of Intelligence, CounterTerrorism and Homeland Security Studies at Hebrew University. In addition to representing Protect Security in New York, Paul is the owner and head instructor of Flow Krav Maga, Assistant Combat Sambo Instructor at NY Combat Sambo and a Certified Freestyle Sambo Official. In 2015, Paul made his start in the film industry, beginning to study/train fight choreography. He began working as a Production Assistant on all the Netflix/Marvel New York productions, where he built a large professional network in the New York television and stunt community, learned the ropes and culture of a film set. Shortly after, Paul joined SAG-AFTRA and began working as a professional stunt performer. He has appeared in The Blacklist (NBC), Bull (CBS), The Punisher (Netflix), Daredevil (Netflix), and Walking Dead: World Beyond (AMC).

To Buy a Day Pass for Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2020: http://bit.ly/dpfsff20
Ticket to Buy Tickets to the Screening of Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2020 Short Films Part Two: http://bit.ly/sfiifsff20

To all our friends in London and surrounding areas! Our action short REWIND will screen at the Fighting Spirit Film Fest...
10/28/2020

To all our friends in London and surrounding areas! Our action short REWIND will screen at the Fighting Spirit Film Festival: All Action Martial Arts on November 7th! We will screen during the Part 2 short film block. If you can, please support this festival and all the filmmakers represented! We wish we could be there!!

Hey Everyone,

Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2020 is set to take place on the 7th of November at Premiere Cinemas in Romford Premiere Cinemas Romford so book your tickets now!

The Schedule for Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2020:

10:30 Short films part 1 (18) (162min)

13:35 Short films part 2 (18) (164min)

16:30 Dead End trilogy (18) (70min) + Q&A

18:30 Fighter in the Wind (15) (121min) & dir intro

21:10 Tribal (15) (86min) + Q&A

Check out our Website for more information about the short film line up and also about the feature film line up for this year: https://www.fightingspiritfilmfestival.com/

Please see Premiere Cinemas Romford’s website for guidance for COVID 19 regulations, if you are going to buy a ticket for the 7th of November.

We hope to see you there!

To Buy a Day Pass for Fighting spirit Film Festival 2020: http://bit.ly/dpfsff20
To Buy a Ticket For the Short Film Line Up Part One: https://bit.ly/sfpifsffi
To Buy a Ticket For the Short Film Line Up Part Two: https://bit.ly/sfiifsff20
Link to Buy a Ticket to Dead End Trilogy along with a Q+A: http://bit.ly/detqat20
Link to book a ticket to Fighter in the Wind: http://bit.ly/fitwyhy20
Link to Buy a Ticket to Tribal: Get Out Alive + Q+A: http://bit.ly/tgoasqa20

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Would love to get in on a sesh soon 🙏