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All Courses & Workshops

A list of all the training offered by ID from accredited stage combat courses to firearms, horseriding and more.

Combat Lab - Sunday Drop-In

What is Combat Lab?
Combat Lab is a 2.5-hour drop-in stage combat class, designed to provide a space for students, teachers and friends of ID to keep up their performance combat skills or for complete beginners to try it out. Ideal for students taking fight exams or training with stage and screen combat academies to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded people.

Open to all levels of experience, Combat Lab often has a themed activity and we regularly have some great guest instructors including David Doersh (fight director of Marvel Universe Live!), Justin Sysum (ITV's World of Wrestling Champion) and many more.

Students are welcome to join in with this week's theme or if you have your own projects / skills you would like to practice, you are also welcome to "freeplay" (space and equipment permitting), which is where you can use our space and weapons for your own projects and skills training.

Do I need to bring my own weapons?
For themed activities, equipment will always be provided. For freeplay purposes, we usually have polypropene training swords, rubber training knives and handguns, plus a limited number of steel rapier and daggers for students to use. Bring your own training weapons (please show these to the teacher first for a safety check; no firearms allowed) or let us know in advance if you would like us to bring something along for you to borrow by e-mailing training@independentdrama.com, and we will try to accommodate.

Do I have to stay for the whole session?
Combat Lab is a casual drop-in class - you can turn up / leave at any time between 18:30-21:00. First-timers are encouraged to arrive at the start of the session as the first 15 minutes is usually dedicated to self warm up, and an opportunity for teachers to introduce themselves to new students.

Stage Combat Accredited

All of the following courses are accredited by the BADC or BASSC. These are the two longest established academies for training in dramatic combat in the UK, and are industry recognised and respected internationally.

Screen Combat

These courses will be essential training to anyone wishing to work as an action actor, stunt performer or special action extra. Designed and taught by working fight coordinators the course will provide students with the knowledge with the skills required in the industry to sell dramatic, exciting and powerful fight scenes.

With a wealth of knowledge working in the industry across all media, and a variety of genres, our instructors will guide students through exercises and on set scenarios to teach, improve and consolidate the techniques needed to effectively fight on screen.

The instructors will also share valuable tips and tricks, from working experience, for students to troubleshoot, adapt and impress on a variety of scenarios and curve-balls that may occur on set.

The courses are divided into two tiers: unarmed fighting and weapon work. Each tier will progress over four levels; Foundation, Standard, Advanced and Veteran, of 3 days long per level. Participants can progress through all the levels in either tier independently or work their way up each level of both alongside each other.

Unarmed

As unarmed fighting is the most common form of screen combat we will be focusing on this alone for the whole tier. We will cover a wide variety of moves and techniques, character types, fighting styles and martial arts as well as falls, rolls and reactions.

We will look at choreography for both trained and untrained characters in one-on-one fights, one v many and group brawls.

Throughout the levels students will improve their ability to sell the techniques appropriate to their character, to learn and perform choreography under pressure and camera awareness to be able to play to all kinds of set-ups first time.

We recommend students wishing to train to the higher levels of unarmed do additional training for physical fitness and some martial arts if they do not currently have some experience.

Weapons

In this division we will be covering a range of weapons including (but not limited to) sword and shield, two handed broadsword, axe, knife, spear/staff, and rapier as well as improvised weapons from found objects. We will teach the ability to understand the concepts of different weapon groups and with this knowledge higher levels students should be able to lend their hand to just about anything.

This tier will cover character types, different fighting styles from different cultures and periods of history, wounds and kills. Incorporating that in choreography for duels, hero fights (vs many) and battles, including shield walls and clashes.

Throughout this tier student will continue to improve their comfort and proficiency with each weapon, understand how to keep the fight full of energy and high stakes, while maintaining safety for themselves and all around.

Firearms

Learn the safety, law and handling techniques when working with firearms and ensure that you look competent and confident handling guns in action roles. From blank firing to room clearances our courses have been designed by our Theatrical Firearms Instructors who have trained and/or consulted with UK police, UK and US Military, Fight Directors, Stunt Coordinators and film Armourers to make the training relevant, fun and great value for money.

Supportive Skills

Our supportive skill courses are designed to give you that added edge as an actor or action performer. We have brought together a pool of highly experienced, award-winning teaching staff, including a number of GB champions, to offer an exciting range of classes throughout the year. As with all our courses, class sizes will be strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Courses include: firearms, falling, weapon tricking and spinning, Wushu for film and wrestling for actors.

Stunts

Our stunt courses include aerial performance and wirework training, precision and stunt driving, as well as horse riding skills.

Casting & Headshots

We periodically hold open casting sessions as well as and headshot days - get your headshots or action shots done at a great price.

March 2021
Online - Kali Escrima Arnis - Single Stick / Machete

Online - Kali Escrima Arnis - Single Stick / Machete

Session focus: single stick / machete! Stick fighting is one of its most famous disciplines and a great skill for an actor to have a basic grasp of as is used widely in films.
Date: 4th March 2021
Time: 17:00-18:00
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Online - Parkour, art du deplacement

Online - Parkour, art du deplacement

Open to all levels and backgrounds, from complete beginner to pro. Dive into the skills used in art du deplacement, parkour and/or freerunning.
Date: 5th March 2021
Time: 11:00-12:00
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Online - Kali Escrima Arnis - Knife & Unarmed

Online - Kali Escrima Arnis - Knife & Unarmed

Session focus: knife & unarmed! Stick fighting is one of its most famous disciplines and a great skill for an actor to have a basic grasp of as is used widely in films.
Date: 11th March 2021
Time: 17:00-18:00
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Online - Kali Escrima Arnis - Mixed Weapons

Online - Kali Escrima Arnis - Mixed Weapons

Session focus: mixed weapons! Stick fighting is one of its most famous disciplines and a great skill for an actor to have a basic grasp of as is used widely in films.
Date: 18th March 2021
Time: 17:00-18:00
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April 2021
ID Intensive: BADC Standard (Accredited)

BADC Standard

Covering both rapier & dagger and single sword, this course is suitable for absolute beginners or those with no previous British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) qualifications.
Date: 13th April 2021 to 22nd April 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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Intro To Sword Fighting

Intro To Sword Fighting

An introduction to sword fighting techniques.
Date: 17th April 2021
Time: 13:30-20:30
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ID Weekly: BASSC Sword & Shield (Accredited)

BASSC Sword & Shield (weekly classes)

It's fast, brutal and loud.
Date: 18th April 2021 to 16th May 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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ID Intensive: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)

BADC Intermediate / Advanced

Covering two intermediate/advanced weapon systems: saber and rapier & buckler, suitable for anyone with a current BADC Standard qualification.
Date: 26th April 2021 to 6th May 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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May 2021
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms training for film and theatre.
Date: 8th May 2021
Time: 13:00-21:00
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Screen Combat - Foundation Weapons

Screen Combat - Foundation Weapons

If you want to become an action actor, stunt performer or special action extra, this is the first step in your journey to mastering fighting for screen.
Date: 10th May 2021 to 12th May 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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Firearms: Military & Tactical

Firearms: Military & Tactical

Firearms training for film and theatre.
Date: 15th May 2021
Time: 10:00-18:00
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Screen Combat - Standard Weapons

Screen Combat - Standard Weapons

This is the ideal course for those that wanting to progress their training to become professional performers in screen combat and an essential part of the training journey towards being an action actor or stunt performer.
Date: 17th May 2021 to 19th May 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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Intro To Sword Fighting

Intro To Sword Fighting

An introduction to sword fighting techniques.
Date: 22nd May 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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ID Intensive: BASSC Smallsword (Accredited)

BASSC Smallsword

Small but quick!
Date: 24th May 2021 to 28th May 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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ID Weekly: BASSC Broadsword (Accredited)

BASSC Broadsword (weekly classes)

If you want to sword fight on film this is the weapon for you.
Date: 30th May 2021 to 27th June 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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June 2021
ID Intensive: BADC Standard (Accredited)

BADC Standard

Covering both rapier & dagger and single sword, this course is suitable for absolute beginners or those with no previous British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) qualifications.
Date: 1st June 2021 to 10th June 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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ID Intensive: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)

BADC Intermediate / Advanced

For those with a BADC Standard (Level 1) qualification or Intermediate (Level 2) if taking the advanced exam. Current certificates must have been obtained within the last 3 years.
Date: 15th June 2021 to 24th June 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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July 2021
ID Weekly: BADC Standard (Accredited)

BADC Standard (weekly classes)

Covering both rapier & dagger and single sword, this course is suitable for absolute beginners or those with no previous British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) qualifications.
Date: 4th July 2021 to 15th August 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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August 2021
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms training for film and theatre.
Date: 14th August 2021
Time: 13:00-21:00
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Firearms: Military & Tactical

Firearms: Military & Tactical

Firearms training for film and theatre.
Date: 21st August 2021
Time: 10:00-18:00
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September 2021
ID Fight & Flight: Wirework Workshop

ID Fight & Flight: Wirework Workshop

Aerial performance and wire stunts - get your wirework career off the ground!
Date: 23rd September 2021 to 25th September 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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November 2021
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms training for film and theatre.
Date: 6th November 2021
Time: 13:00-21:00
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Firearms: Military & Tactical

Firearms: Military & Tactical

Firearms training for film and theatre.
Date: 20th November 2021
Time: 10:00-18:00
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