Guest Speaker: Anthony De Longis

Anthony De Longis

Whip Master/ Weapons Expert

 

Whip Master to the Stars:

Anthony De Longis, Whip Master to the Stars has trained Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Anjelica Houston, Ellen Barkin and a host of others in the entertainment industry, as well as a legion of professional and amateur performers and martial artists.

Anthony created a more efficient, effective, accurate and visually dynamic method of Whip artistry for Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman in BATMAN RETURNS. He trained and shared these methods with Harrison Ford for Indiana Jones in KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, Angelica Houston in BUFFALO GIRLS and Ellen Barkin in WILD BILL, and the whip fighters in THE RUNDOWN, as well as a legion of professional and amateur performers and martial artists.

A Fifth Degree Black Belt, member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame as 2008 Weapons Instructor of the Year, and a collegiate saber champion, De Longis invented his unique "rolling loop, follow the handle" style based on decades of bladed weapons training in European, Filipino and Japanese combative sword styles. He often refers to the whip as a super-sonic telescoping blade. His method utilizes structure and alignment to produce explosive energy with a minimum of effort. He applies the bladed weapons principle of proportionate movement so the whip always operates within the physical dimensions of the wielder making it extremely difficult for an adversary to close.  His method is safer, more efficient, more accurate and more visually pleasing - a huge plus for film, stage and television work. His technique safely generates and focuses the 700+ mph velocity of the whip to literally stab the intended target rather than merely slashing, applying the explosive power of the whip with pin-point accuracy. At the heart of it all is the martial principle of maximum return for minimum effort.

Anthony will be sharing his experiences of working in film, television, and theatre, and the challenges faced by performers who are required to use these skills. as well as demonstrating some weapon techniques. He will be assisted by his wife, the lovely Dr. Mary De Longis, who handles a whip with the same deadly accuracy and precision.

Visit his web site (http://www.delongis.com) to see him in action.

 

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