The featured ID Team member today is Maylin Conde (aka May Ninja) who has only been with us about a year but has certainly found her true calling.
What is your job?
I am a drama student, currently training and the Arts Educational Schools and with the salon:collective. I'll start my BA at Drama Studio London this autumn.
How did you get into stage combat?
I got my affinity for martial arts from my parents and did Wing Chun and Escrima before I started stage combat. I was looking for a way to combine my love for martial arts with acting and, through a bit of internet research, found ID's website and thought 'That's my place! Those are my people!'
How long have you been training in stage combat?
I started right after I moved to London last summer and don't plan to stop anytime soon!
What courses and/or workshops have you done with ID?
Rapier & Dagger, Knife and Firearms
What is your favourite weapon or unarmed style?
I'd probably have to go with archery (thanks, Legolas). But I also love Katana, even though I have only played around with it in Combat Labs. It just looks so damn cool.
What has been the favourite part of your training?
Looking like an infernal war machine (sort of) whilst still keeping everyone safe (sort of). Also the lovely people I train with and the truly wonderful teachers that have made me feel welcome right off the bat.
Have you had any work through ID?
I worked on a short filmed called The Riot Act
with some of my fellow ID mates earlier this year.
What would be your ideal job?
If I ever got to play an Middle-earth elf in a Peter Jackson movie, I'd die a happy woman.
What is your favourite fight you've seen in a film or stage production and why?
SO hard to choose one but a film that blew my mind in terms of fight coordination/performance was Undisputed 3
. It's the mixture of different fighting styles that make the film stand out. To me, the best fight in the movie was the one between Yuri (Scott Adkins) and the Capoeira fighter (Lateef Crowder). Amazing.
What training would you like to do next?
I would love to learn how to fight from the back of a horse. Luckily, ID can provide! My wallet can't. Soon!
From your experience what advice would you give to someone wanting to be a fight performer?
I'd say just start. I have talked to a lot of people, especially girls, who think they're 'not cut out' for it. Just give it a try, I promise you: it is SO MUCH FUN and we have amazing teachers that make sure you are safe at all times.
Check out Maylin's showreel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=072a2qaDoDM