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Coming in 2021                             Create Your Own Fight Scene!

Everyone loves a martial arts movie. We have all enjoyed Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan taking on seemingly impossible odds, and executing picture-perfect techniques. We constantly found ourselves looking forward to their next movie. The American Martial Arts Association is now giving you the chance to sit in the director’s chair or be an action star by letting you direct your own fight scene. Stage combat is a specialized technique in theater, designed to create the illusion of physical contact without causing harm to the performers. The scene can consist of two people sparring or fighting off a group of thugs. The possibilities are endless, so come on and let’s make Hollywood jealous.


Awards & Prizes

  • First prize is $3000

  • AMA Crystal Plaque

  • Up to 12 plaques will be awarded to the winning group. 

  • Group plaque and banner will also be given to school and gym winners. 

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Awards & Prizes

  • Second prize is $2000

  • AMA Crystal Plaque

  • Up to 12 plaques will be awarded to the winning group. 

  • Group plaque and banner will also be given to school and gym winners.

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Awards & Prizes

  • Third prize is

  • $1000

  • AMA Crystal Plaque

  • Up to 12 plaques will be awarded to the winning group. 

  • Group plaque and banner will also be given to school and gym winners.

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The annual fight scene contest is sponsored by the American Martial Arts Association.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  








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1st Through 12th place Winners:

* First, second, and third place winners will receive their posted prize money. 12 personalized plaques engraved with  

   the participant's name, the team or school's name, and their place your team came in.

* 1st through 12th winners shall receive Perpetual plaque engraved with the group's name and all the participants  

   names. The banner will state your team's name, year, and the place your team came in.

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YouTube Videos:

Here are some YouTube videos that can give you some basic instructions and safety tips on how to shoot your fight scene. YouTube has many instructional videos on this subject, some stress safety more then others. We ask that you use coomon sense, and always take every safety precaution. It's a good idea for all involved to watch these videos.

When you look at this scene, notice how basic the fighting techniques are. Complicated fighting techniques alone won't guarantee an exciting scene. Don't dismiss using spectacular techniques, just don't make that your only focus.

This video will give you insight on how to work with your partner, a good safety distance with your kicks and practice times. These are just a few videos, there are many more. Its important to research all aspect of making a fight scene before attempting to do so.

The light contact emphasized in this video should only be  done by experienced martial artists. Light touch is tapping the other actor not causing her or him any discomfort or harm. If you can't do it, don't try! If your team is considering using light contact in your fight choreography we suggest using pads underneath your cloths. When using pads it still remains light contact. No padding completely protects a person. We recommend not touching at all and keeping a safe distance. Your safety is the highest priority in making these scenes.

Remember to keep your dialogue simple, explain exactly what your characters are experiencing. Here are 5 tips on how to shoot your dialogue.

Judging the Scenes:

The scene will be judged on their overall entertainment value, not just the fighting. Each category listed below will be judged on the 1-5 scoring system, 5 being the highest.

1. Fight Choreography:  1-5_score Action scene-comedic action.

2. Dialogue-acting:          1-5_score How it explains the situation- comedy if any, conveys emotion.

3. Location:                       1-5_score   How does the location relates to the scene.

4. Cinematography:        1-5_score  All on-screen visual elements; framing, camera motion, and camera angles.

5. Music:                             1-5_score  How does the music relate to the scene.

6. Editing:                           1-5_score  How the scene flows together.

The six categories above are how your scene will be judged. Don't just grab a cell phone, run outside to shoot a scene, it takes much more than that. It's going to take planning, research, and practice, plenty of practice! Expect to invest some time. Try to find a unique way for the camera to capture the action. It's not just about fighting. Look at some fight scenes for the idea, safely play around with your fight choreography. Experiment with different types of background music. Find the perfect location, then give it a try. If your team doesn't win this year, regroup and start planning for the next year's contest. Remember your first priority is safety, your second is yo have fun. For more information scroll down.


A team member is anyone who contributes to the making of your fight scene.

1. Each team must have a team name. Team names must not be vulgar or insulting to anyone or anything. The AMA reserves

    the right to determine if a team name violates the rules. If a team name is found to be in violation of this rule they will be  

    disqualified. Scene entry and enrollment fees will be promptly returned. Simply change your team name, then re-submit your



2. Teams can only enter 1 time under that team name. If a team wants to enter again within the same contest year, that team 

     must enter under a separate name.


3. Teams can consist of any number of participants but only 14 plaques will be given out to the first, second, and third-place

     team winners.


4. All team winners must submit a team photo.


5. All three winning teams will be abducted into the AMA's  Hall of Fame, as that year's fight scene winner.

6. Team members can belong to or be a combination of any fight training, gymnastics, or stunt training schools.


This contest is open to the general public. Targeting "amateur video makers". There's no age limit but we strongly suggest adult supervision. No matter what martial art style you practice, this includes boxing and wrestling, your welcome to enter. If you feel you can make an entertaining scene about it, DO IT! Remember we are not looking for the best fighters, we're looking for people with a unique vision in cinematography.

Ending credits:

At the end of each fight scene video, the video must have ending credits. The credits should have the names of all team members and their duties, music titles, fight choreographers, cameraman, etc.


Rules and Regulations:

* No physical contact, safety is our highest priority!!!

* No foul language or references to or doing sexual acts.

* No simulating drug use.

* No disrespectful references made to any actual people or things.

* Ages Under 14 must submit a parental consent form.

* Any background music used in the video must be credited to the composer and performer in the ending credits.

* Scenes must be appropriate for viewing by the general public.

* By submitting a video to this contest all teams, schools and gyms agree and will abide by the rules and regulations governing       this contest.

* By submitting a video to this contest all teams, schools and gyms understand that all videos entered and received will

   become the property of the AMA. No video can or will be returned If a video is used by the AMA for any other reason than

   the contest, such as promotional, educational or marketing all credit will be given to the scene maker.

* Videos may include public places, well-known products, trademarks, or certain other copywritten material is incident to the

   subject matter.

* No AMA senior staff or AMA senior staff staff family member meaning husband, wife, or children can participate in the fight

   scene contest, nor can they be involved in any production done by a team or school that enters the contest.

* This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Name & Duration:

* Your fight scene must have an original title.

* Your title cannot be your school's or gym's name, it must represent in some way what the scene is about.

* The scene must be between 3 to 6 minutes long, which includes the end credits.

* If your scene should run longer than 6 minutes, that entry will automatically be disqualified. Please follow the time limit.

Rules of Contact:

Sometimes in movie fight scenes a cast member my be required to take a hit for a realistic effect. That kind of dangerous filmmaking will not be tolerated in this contest. Using the right camera angles, proper editing and sound effect, there is no need for actual hard contact. No one has to get hurt for a camera shot. These are the seven basic rules concerning contact in your scene:

* Light or no contact.

* Light contact is defined as; barely touching the actor causing him or her no physical discomfort or injury.

* We recommend using padding underneath your cloths for light touch contact.

* If you are under 18, you're required to have adult supervision.

* We recommend plenty of practice time before attempting to shoot your scene.

* Once your cast has gotten comfortable with their fight choreography, start recording as you practice to see what camera 

   angles looks best with your choreography.

* Failure to follow these rules will result in your disqualification. Safety must be the number one priority.

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Explaining Judging Criteria:


1. When rehearsing or videoing keep it serious. If you are under 18 we strongly recommend adult supervision at all times, whether that's your instructor, coach or parent an adult should be present. If you are under-14 you must have your parent's consent. Consent forms are at the bottom of this page. This form must be filled out correctly by all participants under 14 and submitted with the fight scene entry and team entry fee. If the consent form is not filled out correctly, or there's any question with the parent signature authenticity that team's entry will be disqualified. The team will be notified immediately of this error. In this case, simply fill the form out correctly and reapply. We can't emphasize enough to keep your rehearsals and videoing serious and safe. Remember safety is your highest priority! We hope to make this a yearly event but that depends on how safe all the participating teams are.

2. Figure out what techniques your crew is good at. Don't attempt things you don't know how to do or use. For example, gymnastic style movements or trying different Martial Arts weapons, etc. If you've never done or used it, the time to learn is not when you're rehearsing or videoing a scene. Work everyone's strong points into your choreography this will make your scene more entertaining and fun for all involved.

3. Talk the scene out: This step may seem obvious but is neglected by so many. You and your crew must have a complete understanding of what the final objective is. Following this rule will make your practicing and shooting time safer and also more productive.

4. Cinematography:  How does the utilization of the camera accompany the action. This is one of the most important categories. Using the right camera angles can only make your scene look more intense. The camera angle can make your characters look faster, more powerful and can also help give a real illusion of danger. (Research camera angles) and find out which angles will best suit your scene. Scenes may have a graphic overlay, but your scene will be judged on realism and how it compliments the scene.

5. Music in film achieves a number of things. It establishes setting; it creates atmosphere; it calls attention to elements; it reinforces or foreshadows narrative; it can give meaning to a character's actions; or translates their thoughts. Music can definitely help create emotion. Any background music used in the video must be credited and documented in the end credits.

6. Location: The right location can aid in setting the emotion to your scene. Choosing the right location can help convey a sense of calm or danger, a dark alley, a sunset, a path in the woods. All these areas have their own feeling and mood. This can definitely impact what your characters are feeling to your viewers.

7. Dialogue: No foul language, remember to keep it simple. Dialogue is important because it reveals the character's personality, emotions and explains his or her actions. The right dialogue can also help explain the plot, create character development and allow the audience to develop a bond with the characters. Bad dialogue can make characters seem boring, uninteresting and annoying, thus losing the bond with the audience. Always remember this is a short scene, 3 to 6 minutes long, your dialogue must grip your audience immediately.. Make sure your dialogue is straight to the point, use it to set up your scene. Use it to tell the audience what your characters are doing.

8. Comedy: Fighting stars such as Jackie Chan and many others have entertained us with their comedic scenes for years. Not all comedic fight scenes come from martial arts movies. This slapstick style of film-making takes a lot of planning, timing along with the right dialogue and proper camera usage. Comedy depending on how it's used can be scored with speaking parts or fight choreography.

9. Fight choreography: Stage combat or fight choreography is a specialized technique in film or theater, designed to give the illusion of physical combat, without causing harm to the performers. Each movement in your fight choreography must be rehearsed and mastered, with no spontaneous changes. Changes like that can result in someone's injury. Everything needs to be rehearsed. Your rehearsals at first should be done very slowly and with no power in your strikes. One key component in fight choreography is the flow or pacing of the fight. There are moments when the characters may stop to catch their breath, engage in conversation, etc. The stop in the action never ruins the pacing of the fight. Also, remember the reaction of the character being hit is just as important as the hit itself. Safety note; The distance of 6 inches to 2 feet between characters can safely sell a punch or kick, depending on the camera angle. The fight choreography can be based on realism or be pure fantasy. Remember you're being judged on the entertainment aspect of the scene. Scenes that have gymnastic or dance movements that have no value to the fight will receive a lower score unless its a comedy scene where movements like that would add humor to it. Be extra careful in performing any stunts, use mats and padding if necessary.

10. The use of weapons: all weapons such as knives, guns, bats, bottles, etc must be fake. If you are found to be in violation of this rule your entry is automatically disqualified with no refund of your entry fee."Safety is our highest priority". Buying breakaway bottles and fake weapons are relatively cheap, we ask that you properly research how to use these items safely before using them. Breakaway bottles don't hurt when hit with, but they still break into fragments that can injure someone's eyes. We ask that you research the proper use of these items.  Keep costs low, but take the proper precautions for safety. Below there are some companies that sell fake weapons and equipment.

11. Sound effects: The right sound will definitely make the situation seem more realistic. Sound can be used to help create an emotion or shock your audience. Sound effect apps are found everywhere, you can get everything from a punch striking a face, gunshots, to a bottle breaking these effects can really help sell your scene. Look below for some sound apps.

12. Editing: editing is the process of assembly shots in a coherent scene. This is shown in how the scenes flow together. The editor's job is to create a seamless finished product with no trace of their tampering.​​

13. Stunts are classified as an unusual or difficult physical feat that requires special training and or certain types of equipment to perform safely and properly. We ask that you keep it simple, stay focused on your scene's fighting. Most likely you're not a trained stuntman, meaning you may lack the training to perform such stunts. Stay away from major motion pictures type stunts. Keep it safe and simple!!!  Falls, rolls and gymnastic type movements are not seen as stunts. We ask that you have prior training before attempting such movements.


* Car chases or using your car in any unsafe way.

* The use of fire or any explosives.

* Stunts done from an unsafe height. If you have any stunts in your scene. The stunts must be explained how they were performed in your scenes credits. If you are found to be in violation of this rule your entry will be disqualified.


The American Martial arts association will not be held liable for any past, present, or future injury sustained or reoccurring while practicing or videoing for this contest. By entering this contest your team, school or gym hereby acknowledges that you have read and as of now understand and agree to all rules and regulations, safety practices, suggestions and this disclaimer.

The annual fight scene contest is sponsored by the American Martial Arts Association.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  








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Here are some apps that might help you with your production from free to more expensive. These are just a few suggestions. We are not endorsing any products.

Free Videos Editors:

  • DaVinci Resolve

  • If you have a newer Apple product you could use iMovie.

Paid video editors:

  • Sony Vegas Pro

  • Adobe Premier.

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