Project Description

The Discipline of Martial Arts With the Spirit of Theater

Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe has been a part of keeping Ann Arbor weird since 1989. This community of stage combat and stunt work enthusiasts meets three times a week to practice sword play, falling and rolling, high falls, throwing stars, hand to hand combat, and moreā€”all adapted for stage and screen so that everything looks cool but no one gets hurt in the process.

Anyone age 14 and up is welcome take part in their stage combat classes. No previous experience in stage combat, stunt work, sports, or anything else required. The training process is similar to that of martial arts. Students of all ages start out by learning basic footwork and drills, and then repeating these practice forms over and over again before moving onto learning more advanced techniques, in this case, fights! Swordplay is drilled nearly every single practice, with other topics rotating in and out throughout the year.

People who attend Ring of Steel classes can join them at events held throughout the state, ranging from library demonstrations to major community festival events. They can also be a part of the annual Haunted House- the Show!, which transforms Ringstar from a movement arts studio into a theater for your Halloween entertainment. And during the summer months, members might wish to be a part of their summer stunt camp, creating the opportunity for kids ages 8-18 to learn a variety of stage combat and stunt techniques over the course of five days.

  • An Excellent, Whole Body Workout

  • Performance Opportunities

  • Meet New Friends

  • Who Hasn’t Always Wanted to Play With Swords?

Drop ins are only $10. Participants are welcome to continue at that rate, or for frequent fliers you can pay a $45 per month fee for unlimited participation.

No online registration is required (or available). If you are interested in attending for the first time, please email for more information.

Ring of Steel is also a provider of many theatrical and entertainment services. To learn more about them, visit their website or check out their Facebook Page.

“Nothing less than amazing! They performed at our Blue and Gold Banquet tonight. The children and adults were so engaged with the performers. Ring of Steel went far above my expectations!”

Lisa Bennett