Jonathan Holby is a Fight Choreographer, Martial Artist and a serving member of the British Army as part of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

He started his training in Shotokan Karate at the age of 7 and after obtaining his 1st dan taught his own class alongside his father. Jonathan has continued to train in numerous martial arts and weapon systems and has gone on to work as a Fight Director/ Co-ordinator for both stage and screen, working in the West End and Internationally. He was introduced to Performance Combat whilst studying as an actor and it is this training that has influenced his approach to choreography, working with the director and actors to create a fight from the characters viewpoint.

Stage / Screen

Jonathan’s extensive training covers a wide variety of unarmed and weaponised fighting systems that include both traditional Eastern and Historical Western Martial Arts. This allows JH to teach the appropriate technique according to period and the characters background, ensuring that story is always the driving force of the action. For film, Jonathan can also assist with Camera and Editing departments to work, as a team, towards the best possible result.


JH Military has a select team of advisors made up of serving full time and reserve soldiers. We can offer a first hand insight to what soldiering is like for your actors as well as tuition in the correct methods of combat within the British Military. This can range from fire and manoeuvre tactics through to parade drill and skill at arms. As a member of the reserve battalion Jonathan's commitment can be worked around the client whilst still remaining up to date with military changes, ensuring accuracy of performance.


Jonathan has choreographed for leading companies and venues both at home and abroad. His work has ranged from martial arts coordination on film through to international immersive shows in east asia and award winning productions in the west end.

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