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Inside Pittsburgh Sword Fighting

Ever wanted to take a swing at sword fighting? Now is your chance.

It turns out that sword fighting is more than just "sticking them with the pointy end." Sorry, Arya.

This week, Kelly gets behind the camera so that #SMI producer and Pittsburgh-based actor Ryan Bergman, along with professional fight choreographer Tonya Lynn from the Society of American Fight Directors , can show us how sword-fighting scenes are created for stage and movies.

"Everything in a sword fight is choreographed like a dance," Tonya explains. "And it's all about the story. I ask questions like 'Who are these people? Where do they come from? Why are they fighting? What do they know about it?' That gives me all kinds of juicy information that I can pack in and tell a story through the choreography."

But how do they avoid slicing each other in half? Check out the full video for more, and to see the final fight in full-speed. (Do not try this at home).

Want to get involved? Good news. Tonya is holding a two-day stage combat workshop called Allegheny Alley Fight , and all skill sets are welcome.

And make sure you mark your calendar for Richard III opening this weekend, starring our producer, Ryan!

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