About the Show

ILLUMINATE: A Martial Arts Experience is a unique live martial arts show. Some say it’s Karate Kid meets Star Wars.  Other say it’s a karate rave.  ILLUMINATE showcases martial artists who strike, dodge, jump, break, and battle in the dark with LED equipment.

A team of black belts perform advanced fight choreography, weapons battles, group demonstrations, and dangerous self-defense techniques.  All of the action is enhanced with special equipment used to artistically show martial arts in a way you’ve never seen before.  The show features an all-original musical score, created especially for ILLUMINATE. Parts of the show even include live drumming using glow-in-the-dark drum sticks. With cool lighting effects, expert martial arts, and original music, ILLUMINATE is a show you must see for yourself!

Note: The special lighting effects cannot be accurately captured by any video camera — this is something you have to see firsthand to truly appreciate!  For another attempt at capturing the show, explore our photo gallery.

ILLUMINATE: A Martial Arts Experience performs at limited engagements and is available to be booked at your special event.  To inquire about booking, please send an email to john.shryock@gmail.com.

This production was original presented as part of the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival.  A program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.