Warrior Quest is the official training division of Rocky Mountain Stunts. We are working SAG/AFTRA Stunt Professionals who provide both instruction and mentorship to up-and-coming action performers. We are always looking for active people with lifestyles that involve things like gymnastics, martial arts, extreme sports, or even dancing because these skills have a fluid dynamic that translates very well to film. We also welcome actors, live action role-playing enthusiasts, cosplayers, or anyone else who would like to explore action related skills as a method of enhancing their lifestyle.
At Warrior Quest our foundation is based on the classical arts of Ninjutsu 忍術 and Kenjutsu 剣術. These two fighting systems have been re-envisioned into modern incarnations and adapted to become a method of theatrical combat similar to the Japanese Jidaigeki 時代劇 films known as Chambara チャンバラ.
This system is a testament to its founder, Mark Steven Grove, who studied the Japanese fighting arts since 1972. Less than a decade after opening his first dojo he realized there was no outlet for his skills other than teaching. There are no sport competitions for practitioners of these arts, and unless you work in the military, law enforcement, or security, there are very few practical uses for Ninja skills in the modern world. To be clear, he didn't underestimate the value or martial training in terms of confidence, discipline, self-defense, mental focus, spiritual refinement, and so on, but he wanted a true application for his Ninja and Samurai training.
He decided to turn to the entertainment industry and was soon embarking on a new path that would lead him to interact with many talented stunt coordinators, fight choreographers, practical effects personnel, firearms specialists, and pyrotechnicians who imparted the knowledge he now shares with his own students. This has been his Warrior Quest.
The classical fighting arts of Asia and Europe are studied so performers can learn both armed and unarmed combat skills in an effort to gain insights from a wide variety of of historical resources.
Modern fighting arts involve skills used in law enforcement, military, and street fighting that are influenced by more contemporary martial arts such as Karate, Judo, or Mixed Martial Arts.
Hybrid fighting arts must be
re-envisioned and custom created for fantasy or futuristic characters that utilize magic or technology that never existed or has yet to exist.
Complex falls while traversing stairs, tumbling over boxes, sliding over tables, or slamming into virtually any object requires a great deal of spatial awareness and skill.
A knowledge of firearms safety, especially the proper transfer of unloaded weapons, along with the ability to fire, reload, move, and take a bullet hits via pneumatic effect.
When falling from heights over 20' we use specialized techniques. Performers are taught the proper way to construct and fall into box rigs and various methods of falling into airbags.
Wire stunts are often used to create powerful action. We teach our performers how to use rigging and harnesses to levitate, execute assisted jumps, fly, and receive powerful pulls.
Performers learn how to get hit over the head with bottles, crash through tables, get chairs broken over them, smash through doors and walls, and blast through breakaway windows.
Working with fire and pyrotechnics requires strict set of rules and our performers are taught the proper etiquette, safety, setup, and use of specialized chemicals and fire gear.
We make many creature creations in our fx shop and teach students how to isolate body movements based on the creatures design to enhance the physical performance.
Motion Capture has become a huge part of today's industry, giving creatives the ability to capture and animate amazing creatures and characters for their productions.
We teach a select few students to learn to sculpt, mold, cast, paint, and apply prosthetic makeup. This includes aliens, wounds, old age, monsters, and so many other cool possibilities.
BANDALOOP is an innovator in vertical performance, seamlessly weaving dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and climbing technology to turn the dance floor on its side. BANDALOOP re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder and imagination in audiences around the world.
Simon Rhee is a member of the International Stunt Association, a 2 time winner of the Taurus World Stunt Awards, and numerous Screen Actor's Guild awards and nominations, having been involved in the film and television industry for over 30 years as an actor, stunt person, fight choreographer, 2nd unit director and stunt coordinator.
Actor/Director/Writer TJ Storm has evolved into one of the most multifaceted and diverse actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits spanning film, TV, and video game projects, Storm has helmed some of the world’s most iconic characters including Godzilla, Darth Vader, The Predator, Colossus and Iron Man to name just a few.
Anthony De Longis has been a processional actor, teacher, and student of martial arts from around the world for nearly 50 years. He has a deep knowledge of European, Japanese and Filipino weaponry and has created a more efficient, effective, and visually pleasing method of bullwhip artistry that he has been refining for over 35 years.
Kevon Ward has appeared on two seasons of the SFX Makeup competition television show "Face Off", where he demonstrated his talent, innovation, and drive to design and create amazing special effects makeup. Since the show, Kevon has worked consistently in the entertainment industry making creatures and props that astonish.
Ryan Sturz owns and operates the Motion Picture Driving Clinic. Rick uses his experience as a stunt coordinator and 2nd Unit Director as well as a performer to put a modern twist on the classic driving curriculum created by his teacher and mentor Rick Seaman that stunt drivers have come to trust for the past 25 years.
Sunday mornings 11:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday nights 7:00pm to 9:00pm
8031 Wadsworth Blvd A-4
Arvada, Colorado 80003
Saturday nights 7:00pm to 9:00pm
700 West Mississippi Ave
Building A, #5
Denver, Colorado 80223
1 DAY A WEEK
(approx. 8-10 hours a month)
$150.00 monthly tuition
2 DAYS A WEEK
(approx. 16-18 hours a month)
$175.00 monthly tuition
3 DAYS A WEEK
(approx. 24-26 hours a month)
$200.00 monthly tuition
SPECIAL TRAINING EVENTS
(one or two-day workshops)
Download and e-sign this waiver prior to training and return it via our "Contact Us" link on this page, email to RockyMountainStunts@gmail.com , or print it out and sign it and bring it with you to your first training session or class audit. No waiver, no training.
Action Performer Sara Salazar demonstrates her skill with weapons against multiple opponents.
Maestro Dale Girard makes a visit from North Carolina and teaches longsword to Warrior Quest Members.
Warrior Quest action performers train for the upcoming film production "Kung Fu Hatchetman".
Here is some training from Rocky Mountain Stunts/Warrior Quest from late 2022 at APEX Denver.
This is an action short where a female vigilante takes her revenge on a group of drug dealers.
This is an action short where a man being interrogated attempts a daring escape from his captors.
This is an action short where two Ninja attack and defeat a group of paramilitary villains in a dark alley.
Actors Mark Steven Grove and Louis Mandylor fight a group of thugs at the loading docks.
Action performers from the Rocky Mountain Stunts / Warrior Quest perform some Chambara (Samurai Cinema).
Members of the Rocky Mountain Stunts demonstrate lightsaber fights at their training booth.
Nate Coyle demonstrates his skill with the Shinobigatana (ninja sword) against two attackers.
“Mark Grove is one of the most innovative filmmakers that I have ever worked with in my career. His writing and directing skills make him an incredible storyteller. But Mark's talents go way beyond that to being a superb stunt coordinator, a gifted actor and stunt performer, a top notch special effects coordinator, and he is even a master at post production...he is virtually limitless! It is my honor to be associated with his Rocky Mountain Stunts and Warrior Quest team.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE - Big Trouble in Little China, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Tropic Thunder, Inception, Rush Hour 1-3, Lethal Weapon 4, Get Smart, Marvel’s Luke Cage
“Mark Grove is the very best. His skills as a martial artist and fight arranger are inspirational. He is well versed in all forms of stunt work and special fx, which makes him the perfect mentor for up and coming action performers. He is also a writer and director who specializes in action genre filmmaking, which makes him a great resource for breaking into this highly competitive field. My advice...if you get an opportunity to train with him...Don’t pass it up.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE - China O’Brien I-II, Martial Law I-II, Tiger Claws I-III, Rage and Honor I-II, Honor and Glory, Sci-Fighter, Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mark Grove in various capacities. As a Producer he has always taken care of his actors on every level. As a Writer/Director his creativity and collaborative energy is electrifying. As a Stunt Coordinator and Fight Director he is dedicated to creating powerful safe action for all his projects. All of these skills and qualities make him the perfect guide to those interested in pursuing a career in the film and television industry.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE - Cobra Kai, The Karate Kid I-III, Rambo, Steele Justice, Death Race 2000, Shootfighter, Wyatt Earp, Gathering of Heroes
“As a Martial Artist of over 50 years I can tell when someone is the real deal. Mark Grove is such a man. I had the honor and pleasure of working with him and his Rocky Mountain Stunt Team. His team was expertly trained, efficient, and professional in every respect. Mark Grove’s style of action direction was very innovative with the flavor of classical martial arts combined with modern gritty realism.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE - Black Dragon, Bamboo Trap, The Black Dragon’s Revenge, Way of the Black Dragon, Fist of Fear Touch of Death, The Last Dragon, Hot Lead Hard Fury
"Mark Grove is an amazing filmmaker and an incredible story teller. He's one of the few I've known who can do it all. As a Director, he has tremendous vision and as a stunt coordinator he knows what he wants and how get it from his team. I am inspired by not only his work but by his spirit. He is one of the most respected and innovative Indie filmmakers around. I look forward to working with him on a Mark Grove / Art Camacho team up!"
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE - Half Past Dead, Half Past Dead 2, Sci-Fighter, Confessions of a Pit Fighter
“Mark Grove is a gracious, giving, and highly professional filmmaker. He is a rare find in the entertainment industry, because his word is his bond, and as proven by his resume, he delivers on all levels. He has run a successful production company for years and knows every aspect of filmmaking, from script development to sales. In a word, Mark Grove delivers.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE - Captain America, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Kiss Terminator 3, Men in Black 2, Spiderman, Star Trek Insurrection, Titanic
"I have had the privilege to travel around the globe working for the largest stage performance corporations in the world, training and performing with the top athletes, coaches and directors. In all of my professional career I have never met a better leader and coach than Mark Grove. The moment I walked into his space I could see the lifetime of high level martial arts knowledge that flows through every aspect of his being. He is the best martial arts and stunt educator I have ever worked with because he effectively, and with passion, passes down his endless knowledge to his students in an encouraging and technical manner. I can not recommend learning under his direction more!"
CREDITS INCLUDE - Credits: Marvel Universe Live, Royal Caribbean Productions, Cirque Dreams, Dragone Entertainment, Bill Brown Entertainment, Cirque Mechanics
"Mark Grove is a talented movie industry resource who can be trusted – something that can be a rare quality in this industry. His broad experience in all aspects of filmmaking make him invaluable – whether as a leader of his own cutting edge film projects or a hard working member of a production team. Mark Grove is of one of our industry’s top talents and I am proud to be a part of this very worthwhile group."
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
Total Recall, Robocop 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Green Hornet, The Book of Eli, Far and Away, Casino, Shoot 'Em Up, Mission Impossible III,
“I've known Mark for a long time and not only is he a talented stuntman, he has evolved over the years into one of the most admirable writer/producer/directors I’ve ever met. Mark is a natural leader who will go out of his way to help almost anyone, a quality I admire and respect. He is someone every person in this industry should have on their team. I am honored to call him a work colleague and most importantly a friend”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Constantine, Castle.
“I have had the privilege of working with Mark Grove on several occasions. I've always found him thoroughly professional, completely competent and dedicated to his craft. Mark's knowledge and grasp of the film industry is exemplary and his skills in martial arts and stunt coordinating are extraordinary. Always a smile, frequently a well timed joke. Great fun… but still getting the job done with alacrity and professionalism.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
The Long Riders, Footloose, 48 Hours, Red Dawn, Cobra, Marked for Death, Rapid Fire, On Deadly Ground
“Mark Grove is a great director, a superlative martial artist, a very creative choreographer of movie fights, and well versed in the entire process of filmmaking. In this day and age of extreme specialists, it is nice to work with someone who not only can wear so many hats, but wear them so well! I highly recommend him to anyone looking to study stunt work and action filmmaking.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
The Three Musketeers, Hook, Hidalgo, Master and Commander, Army of Darkness
“Life is ever changing and so is Mark Grove. He has the ability to explain the same fighting technique to ten different people in a way each one of them can understand it and apply it. He ultimately teaches you to adapt to anything that comes your way. His lessons are always unique and they always leave you wanting more."