Bumped and Bruised but we keep Stuntin’
I've never been through anything like Stunt Performers Academy in my whole 23, almost 24 years of life. In fact, before October of 2019, I was never interested in stunts, period. I would watch action movies in theaters, but never had a true appreciation for them until my boyfriend brought me to watch a session at SPA on Fire Safety day. After seeing the hard work and dedication these stunt performers were putting into their craft, I was in awe. It was unbelievable. I had found my appreciation for stuntmen and women.
I went through session #13 of SPA. Which is wild because when I met my boyfriend, I thought he was absolutely insane for choosing the career that he had, as a stuntman. But I found myself in the same line of crazy the following February. And from Session #13, I’ve learned so much. Fighting technique, high falls, fire safety (I literally watched my boyfriend get his entire body lit on FIRE), wire work, I’ve gotten tackled, kicked and punched all over my entire body, jumped from a lift 30 feet up in the air into an airbag (and listen, 30 feet don’t sound too high until you’re 30 feet up about to jump), I’ve learned how to flip my body in ways I didn’t even know was possible for me, learned fighting with movie weaponry, I’ve gotten thrown into walls, the floor, people. In February, there was no stopping. You got your butt back up or you didn’t deserve to be there.
Banzai is INCREDIBLE. If you're looking for a serious career as a stuntman/stuntwoman in the industry, 10/10 would recommend SPA. Your confidence, your technique, and your bad-assery will skyrocket through the roof.
Thank you, Banzai.
The Golden Door to Stunts
When I decided that I wanted to get into stunts I started to research schools all across the US. Although there were many options, it seemed as though SPA was the best fit for me... and boy was it! From day one of the class I knew I had made the right decision both by getting into stunts and by choosing SPA as my way in! Banzai has created a program that teaches you the ins and outs of stunt work, techniques, the history of the industry, how to network, what to expect at throughout your career as a stunt person, how to behave on set, the list goes on and on. Banzai knows how to prepare you both physically and mentally to succeed in this industry and he does it by focusing on your strengths and helping you overcome you fears and weaknesses by creating a very supportive and positive environment. SPA and Banzai launched me into my career faster than I ever thought possible. Banzai helped me land my first stunt doubling job before the course was even over!!! With out Banzai and SPA I am sure this would have taken months or even years! It's truly amazing how committed Banzai is to the success of every one of his students, even after the course is over. I am constantly reaching out to Banzai with stunt and industry questions and he ALWAYS responds right away and is incredibly helpful. I can't thank Banzai and SPA enough! If anyone is looking to get into stunts, SPA is 100% the way to go.
My Home away from Home!!!!
I live on the east coast and was already hired as a stun performer doubling Jessica Beil or the series The Sinner before I went to SPA... I had training and took workshops but nothing I have ever done or honestly could possibly do in NY can compare to the curriculum and the Dedication and Compassion I received by Banzai!!!🙏🙏🙏 He is patient with everyone on their own individuality and their fears and and strengths!!! He is thorough and you Learn the in and outs from the physical to the education of the stunt world... He breaks it down to a science so that EVERYONE and his STUDENTS can SUCCEED!!!! I am so thankful I invested in SPA and I wish I lived closer because all Alumni become part of a community to train for free... and he lets you readership your skills!!!! This does NOT happen anywhere else!!!! I have never learned so much in so little time!!!! I have had a life long fear of fire and had a severe injury and never in a million years would I think I’d mentally and physically beat it!!! Thank you Banzai for believing in me and well I got LIT up!!!! The best thing I could of done!!! I’m free, no fear now just freedom to take any job the industry offers me!!! Invest in yourself and in SPA you WONT regret it!!! Good luck to all!!!🙏💪🏻🙌🏻⭐️🎬
My journey with stunts started literally from the bottom. 0 connections. Didn’t know anyone, didn’t know where to train and hardly anything about the industry. I came into SPA feeling a bit skeptical. But overall it’s one of the best decisions I made in my career. Banzai was more then a great coach/ instructor. Banzai is now a good friend/mentor of mine. Always there for me if I have any questions regarding anything. SPA was the start of my solid foundation into the stunt world. I am proud of how far I have come since taking my session. Wouldn’t have been as confident if it wasn’t for the people at SPA. Thank you banzai and thank you SPA family.
A cheat code into stunts
Joining Stunt Performers Academy is like getting a cheat code into the stunt industry. Whether you are brand new or looking to amp up your game, SPA is the best program out there! The skills and coaching Banzai provides are priceless and so vital to your success. Not only will you acquire a solid foundation and understanding of the industry, but you will meet amazing people along the way. I walked in with no stunt experience and left feeling like a pro. The best part is I now know where to take my training outside of SPA, and Banzai is always there to help and guide me when I need him. It has changed the course of my life entirely!
More than meets the eye!
It is hard to explain the Banzai Vitales Stunt Performers Academy because it is so amazing and so much more than just doing really cool and fun stuff. It changed my life for the better and gave me a clue as to what I was getting myself into.Even though I took the course over a year ago it still plays a major role in my life. It is not a one and done situation where you pay your money, do your time, and then go out into the Hollywood circus never to hear from Banzai again. It is a mentor ship. He explained this to me before I got to my first day of class but I didn’t really understand until after I had finished the course. I see or hear from Banzai at least once every two weeks. The actual course is amazing you get to do all of the fun things you would expect: high falls, fights, parkour, wire work, fire safety ect. However the real magic of the course is learning about the community you are getting yourself into. He shows you the colorful history of stunts that got us to where we are today, which instills in you an appreciation for the values, sacrifices, and innovations the ‘Old Timers’ made. As well as gives you a perspective of how the new generation of stunt performers has taken that knowledge and really “ran with it” creating more complicated action sequences while also upping the ante on staying safe. The course is intense and not for just any body (just like the stunt business). To get through it your mental game needs to be on high. Banzai asks you to stay focused, calm and remember your abilities. He uses his Jedi mind tricks to remind you that “You are what you believe you are.” While also asking you to check your ego at the door. He is not just in the business of teaching people how to hit the ground. He is in the business of of teaching people how to be well rounded and someone that coordinators want to work with. He is the Yoda of stunts.
The Stunt Performers Academy (SPA) was just the program I needed to boost my career in stunt performing. I was aware that I had the physique and extensive athletic background to do well in the industry; however, the methods and skills taught by Banzai were vital and truly invaluable. SPA provides the crucial building blocks necessary to enter into the stunt game. From wire work, to high falls, to fight choreography, to gun and fire safety, to stunt etiquette, to understanding stunt contracts, SPA was very holistic and thorough. And for this, I am grateful that I was able to partake in such a complete program. I would certainly recommend this stunt intensive program to anyone looking to seriously pursue a career in stunt performing.
Banzai, thank you so much for your guidance, patience and instruction.
The BEST career move I could have ever made!
The Stunt Performer\'s Academy has been the absolute best move for my career I could have ever made. Whether you come from a background of acting, athletics, acrobatics, stunts, extra work or 100% no experience - this program is so flexible and tailored to each student to be challenging and progressive according to their unique strengths and abilities. Banzai exudes professionalism with a down to earth vibe that is priceless when it comes to tackling the foundations of stunt work. Each day was a welcoming, safe and fun experience. At the same time - this program is not for the weak or faint of heart. It will push your physical and mental limits beyond what you could imagine and through it, learn things about yourself that will help you grow in this industry. The resources you will have available to you are top notch and of a caliber that is not available anywhere else. Only four days after the Academy concluded, I found myself on my first working set where I met one of the industry\'s top coordinators and the momentum has only continued to move forward. If you are lucky enough to get into the Academy, stay on your toes because on set, they\'re - \"Never waiting on stunts!\"
I couldn't be more thankful for having met Banzai. He not only taught me everything I needed to know about the stunt world but he continues to guide me along my path and is always there when I need him. His passion for stunts and attention to detail is inspiring to say the least. He gave us a safe place to learn and grow, and I couldn't be more proud to be a part of the SPA family. Thanks, Banzai, for being not only a great teacher, but a great friend.
The place to be for up and coming stunt performers!
I was referred to Banzai by another stuntman I know and was told that if I wanted to know everything I needed to know about, not only the training but also about the business of it all, that Banzai\'s Stunt Performers Academy was where I needed to go. After being in the program I can confidently say it was the best advice I\'ve received. Working with Banzai gave me the knowledge of seeing where my strengths and weakness lie as a stuntwoman and how to go about either keeping up the training or how to train a different way if the original way was not working for me. Being in this course, you also get to train with other stunt performers and stunt choreographers who are actively working which gives you the benefit of hearing stories of trial and error and also gives you a connection with the people you\'re going to need to know to get into this business. The best part of the course though, for me, was even though I have gone through it, I am still invited back for any training I feel I still need to work on. I still have Banzai\'s guidance and I can absolutely say I feel I am on the right path to doing stunts.
Completely Immersive and Comprehensive
I enjoyed every second of my SPA course! The moment the course starts you are thrown head first into the world of stunt performing. Not only do you learn the physical skills required for the job but you learn about the history of stunts to give you a greater understanding and respect for it as well as the tools to help you show your professionalism and to help you hustle and get work in the industry. Banzai is an amazing teacher with so much information to share and has the patience of a saint! I came in with very little experience and was guided every step on the way. I was ecstatic at what I could achieve within three weeks!
SPA is also a community of stunt performers. We work and train together both within the course but also outside of it to help each other advance our skills. I am thrilled by what I got out of this course and what I continue to receive from being a part of the SPA community.
Banzai not only teaches his students to succeed, he wants them to succeed!
The knowledge that I gained at Stunt Performers Academy simply cannot be measured. Banzai Vitale not only teaches his students to succeed, he wants them to succeed and provides them with the foundation to succeed- the knowledge,skills set, and the extreme importance of set etiquette. He provides individuals with the skills to do well in the stunt industry. Banzai genuinely cares about the industry and his students, he is extremely patient and encouraging, providing a safe place to learn and grow. Banzai teaches his students precise and effective techniques while installing good habits that will not only make for a job well done but will keep you safe while executing a job. Banzai also challenges you to always strive towards becoming a better performer, for he is very aware of individual strengths and weaknesses and will help you expand upon your strengths and conquer your weaknesses. From fundamentals to hands on practice, the knowledge that you gain at Stunt Performers Academy is irreplaceable. Stunt Performers Academy is much more than a knowledge infused three week course, it is an outlet of continuous support, valuable knowledge, and constant growth. Banzai teaches so much- right down to the little details. Details that make a huge difference, from always keeping balance while stunt fighting to the correct body position for safe high falls, to camera angles and depth perception- and that is only a fraction of what you’ll learn at Stunt Performers Academy. He takes his knowledge and personal experience from his 30+ years of stunt performing and stunt coordinating and graciously provides incoming and new stunt performers with that knowledge and foundation. Going to Stunt Performers Academy was one of the best choices that I have made. I am honored to have been mentored by someone with such exceptional skills and talent! Learning (and continuously learning) from Banzai has been one of the greatest privileges I have ever had. No matter your skill set, whether you have had experience in stunt training elsewhere or are completely new to stuntwork- Stunt Performers Academy is the place to be! The place to further expand a passion and develop a thorough understanding and ability to replicate skills expected of new stunt performers, all while gaining respect for the stunt industry. Stunt Performers Academy is the place to learn and Banzai is the person to learn from. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m beyond grateful for all that I learned and all I continue to learn because of Stunt Performers Academy.
Blessed and unstoppable
I had an amazing time going through SPA! Banzai was very at helping me adapt to the moves and he made me feel confident in my own abilities. Thank you again I highly recommend this be your start or even another building block for this industry!!
Banzai is hands down the best instructor I've ever had the privilege to learn from. His step by step approach to Stunts allows you to learn how to do the stunts asked of you amd be safe in the process. He is a wealth of knowledge and has connections in every aspect of stunts. Always incredibly patient and willing to take all the time he needs to help you understand. He truly cares for his students. It's an honor to not only have learned from Banzai but to be able to continuously learn from him. It doesn't stop once you complete the course. You are forever his student. Thank you for everything brother!
I definitely learned SO MUCH
I thought I knew a decent amount about stunts coming into this program but I definitely learned SO MUCH from this academy! What I learned in this academy has helped me a lot with getting work.
Banzai is an awesome teacher and has a ton of wisdom about the stunt industry. He really cares and pays close attention to each person’s skills / levels in order to help each individual grow to their fullest potential. Banzai also continues to be an amazing and helpful source/reference even after I completed the academy as well, always quick to answer any more questions I continue to have while getting going in this industry.
It has been a privilege learning from him. I highly recommend this course to anyone who might be interested in stunts!