Fighting In Fiction

Writing a Knockout Scene

Fighting in Fiction: Writing a Knockout Scene is an engaging and interactive panel in which I use demonstrations of live techniques to discuss the realities of fighting, such as how and why people lose consciousness, surviving group attacks, weapon disarming, and much more. The intention of the panel is to help authors have a greater knowledge of physical conflict so they can bring more dramatic realism while avoiding common errors.

This panel, a crowd favorite, is largely improvised from audience questions, creating a dynamic, conversational feel. With formal rank in eight different fighting systems, I offer an excellent balance of expertise and humor to keep the presentation lively and fun.

I have trained under world-class instructors such as the Head Coach of the 1980 US Taekwondo Olympic Team, Sang Lee and two people from Bruce Lee under Sifu Michael Brewer. All told, I’ve trained in Aikido, Jeet Kune Do, Kali/Escrima, Taekwondo, Shūdōkan Karate, Kobudō, Goshin Jutsu, Judo, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These days, I can be found on the Jiu-Jitsu mats six days a week. It would be seven if they were open on Sundays.