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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.

August 2020
Online - Supportive Skills - Sword Spinning

Online - Supportive Skills - Sword Spinning

Tuesday 4th August 2020
Learn a range of sword tricks and spinning techniques to make you stand out from the crowd.
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Online - Firearms Essentials (1:30pm)

Online - Firearms Essentials (1:30pm)

Saturday 8th August 2020
Learn the core essentials of firearms for film and theatre online with Dan Styles and Ronin Traynor.
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Online - Firearms Essentials (4pm)

Online - Firearms Essentials (4pm)

Saturday 8th August 2020
Learn the core essentials of firearms for film and theatre online with Dan Styles and Ronin Traynor.
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Online - Supportive Skills - Sword Spinning

Online - Supportive Skills - Sword Spinning

Tuesday 11th August 2020
Learn a range of sword tricks and spinning techniques to make you stand out from the crowd.
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Online - Supportive Skills - Sword Spinning

Online - Supportive Skills - Sword Spinning

Tuesday 18th August 2020
Learn a range of sword tricks and spinning techniques to make you stand out from the crowd.
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Online - Firearms Essentials (4pm)

Online - Firearms Essentials (4pm)

Monday 24th August 2020
Learn the core essentials of firearms for film and theatre online with Dan Styles and Ronin Traynor.
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Online - Firearms Essentials (6pm)

Online - Firearms Essentials (6pm)

Monday 24th August 2020
Learn the core essentials of firearms for film and theatre online with Dan Styles and Ronin Traynor.
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Online - Supportive Skills - Sword Spinning

Online - Supportive Skills - Sword Spinning

Tuesday 25th August 2020
Learn a range of sword tricks and spinning techniques to make you stand out from the crowd.
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September 2020
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Saturday 12th September 2020
Firearms training for film and theatre.
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ID Weekly: BADC Int/Adv Rapier & Buckler and Longsword (Accredited)

BADC Int/Adv Rapier & Buckler and Longsword (weekly classes)

Sunday 13th September 2020 to Sunday 18th October 2020
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.
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Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 17th September 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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Firearms: Military & Tactical

Firearms: Military & Tactical

Saturday 19th September 2020
Firearms training for film and theatre.
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Screen Combat - Foundation Weapons

Screen Combat - Foundation Weapons

Monday 28th September 2020 to Wednesday 30th September 2020
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.
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October 2020
Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 15th October 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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ID Weekly: BASSC Swashbuckling (Accredited)

BASSC Swashbuckling (weekly classes)

Sunday 25th October 2020 to Sunday 29th November 2020
Fight right handed, fight left handed and look cool whilst you do it.
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Screen Combat - Standard Weapons

Screen Combat - Standard Weapons

Monday 26th October 2020 to Wednesday 28th October 2020
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.
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November 2020
ID Intensive: BASSC Rapier & Dagger (Accredited)

BASSC Rapier & Dagger

Monday 2nd November 2020 to Wednesday 11th November 2020
Now you can learn to fight like your favourite heroes or villains!
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Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 12th November 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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Screen Combat - Foundation Weapons

Screen Combat - Foundation Weapons

Monday 23rd November 2020 to Wednesday 25th November 2020
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.
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