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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.

November 2021
ID Intensive: BASSC Unarmed (Accredited)

BASSC Unarmed

This course is suitable for complete beginners and those combatants looking to improve their unarmed fighting skills for film and theatre.
Date: 1st November 2021 to 5th November 2021
Time: 09:30-18:00
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Intro to Wolf System - Movement into Acting Combat

Intro to Wolf System - Movement into Acting Combat

The Tony Wolf System is an integrated approach to skill-based training in martial arts, stage combat, physical theatre and self-defense.
Date: 1st November 2021 to 2nd November 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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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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Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

This course is ideal for anyone working in film, theatre, live shows and motion capture.
Date: 7th November 2021
Time: 10:30-12:30
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Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

This course is ideal for anyone working in film, theatre, live shows and motion capture.
Date: 7th November 2021
Time: 13:00-15:00
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Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

This course is ideal for anyone working in film, theatre, live shows and motion capture.
Date: 7th November 2021
Time: 15:30-17:30
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Combat Lab

Combat Lab

Train and hone your skills for fight work in film theatre and motion capture. For all levels from complete beginners to professional fight performers.
Date: 7th November 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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ID Intensive: BADC Int/Adv Smallsword (Accredited)

BADC Int/Adv Smallsword

Small but quick!
Date: 8th November 2021 to 11th November 2021
Time: 09:30-18:00
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ID Weekly: BASSC Smallsword (Accredited)

BASSC Smallsword (weekly classes)

Small but quick! Evening sessions, twice a week.
Date: 8th November 2021 to 7th December 2021
Time: 18:30-21:00
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Scene Study / Exam Prep

Scene Study / Exam Prep

These sessions are ideal for students looking to freshen up their techniques or prep for taking fight exams.
Date: 10th November 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms training for film and theatre.
Date: 13th November 2021
Time: 12:00-20:00
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Combat Lab

Combat Lab

Train and hone your skills for fight work in film theatre and motion capture. For all levels from complete beginners to professional fight performers.
Date: 14th November 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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ID Intensive: BASSC Knife (Accredited)

BASSC Knife

Relatively available to characters from all social classes the knife is quick and deadly.
Date: 15th November 2021 to 19th November 2021
Time: 09:30-18:00
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Scene Study / Exam Prep

Scene Study / Exam Prep

These sessions are ideal for students looking to freshen up their techniques or prep for taking fight exams.
Date: 17th November 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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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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Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

This course is ideal for anyone working in film, theatre, live shows and motion capture.
Date: 21st November 2021
Time: 10:30-12:30
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Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

This course is ideal for anyone working in film, theatre, live shows and motion capture.
Date: 21st November 2021
Time: 13:00-15:00
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Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

This course is ideal for anyone working in film, theatre, live shows and motion capture.
Date: 21st November 2021
Time: 15:30-17:30
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Combat Lab

Combat Lab

Train and hone your skills for fight work in film theatre and motion capture. For all levels from complete beginners to professional fight performers.
Date: 21st November 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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ID Intensive: BASSC Rapier & Dagger (Accredited)

BASSC Rapier & Dagger

Now you can learn to fight like your favourite heroes or villains!
Date: 22nd November 2021 to 26th November 2021
Time: 09:30-18:00
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Scene Study / Exam Prep

Scene Study / Exam Prep

These sessions are ideal for students looking to freshen up their techniques or prep for taking fight exams.
Date: 24th November 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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Combat Lab

Combat Lab

Train and hone your skills for fight work in film theatre and motion capture. For all levels from complete beginners to professional fight performers.
Date: 28th November 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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Screen Combat Unarmed: Foundation

Screen Combat Unarmed: Foundation

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: 29th November 2021 to 1st December 2021
Time: 10:00-18:00
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December 2021
Scene Study / Exam Prep

Scene Study / Exam Prep

These sessions are ideal for students looking to freshen up their techniques or prep for taking fight exams.
Date: 1st December 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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Fantasy Fighting for Film Masterclass

Fantasy Fighting for Film Masterclass

A masterclass with visiting instructor Alexander Holloway, LotR New Zealand Stunt Team and director of The New Zealand Stage Combat School.
Date: 4th December 2021 to 5th December 2021
Time: 10:00-18:00
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Combat Lab

Combat Lab

Train and hone your skills for fight work in film theatre and motion capture. For all levels from complete beginners to professional fight performers.
Date: 5th December 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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Screen Combat Weapons: Standard

Screen Combat Weapons: Standard

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: 6th December 2021 to 8th December 2021
Time: 09:30-17:30
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Scene Study / Exam Prep

Scene Study / Exam Prep

These sessions are ideal for students looking to freshen up their techniques or prep for taking fight exams.
Date: 8th December 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Open only to those students who have done our Civilian & Law Enforcement and Military & Tactical Firearms courses. Places strictly limited to 6 people per session.
Date: 11th December 2021
Time: 09:45-12:15
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Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Open only to those students who have done our Civilian & Law Enforcement and Military & Tactical Firearms courses. Places strictly limited to 6 people per session.
Date: 11th December 2021
Time: 12:45-15:15
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Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Open only to those students who have done our Civilian & Law Enforcement and Military & Tactical Firearms courses. Places strictly limited to 6 people per session.
Date: 11th December 2021
Time: 15:45-18:15
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Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Open only to those students who have done our Civilian & Law Enforcement and Military & Tactical Firearms courses. Places strictly limited to 6 people per session.
Date: 12th December 2021
Time: 09:45-12:15
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Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Open only to those students who have done our Civilian & Law Enforcement and Military & Tactical Firearms courses. Places strictly limited to 6 people per session.
Date: 12th December 2021
Time: 12:45-15:15
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Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Supportive Skills - Firearms Elite

Open only to those students who have done our Civilian & Law Enforcement and Military & Tactical Firearms courses. Places strictly limited to 6 people per session.
Date: 12th December 2021
Time: 15:45-18:15
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Combat Lab

Combat Lab

Train and hone your skills for fight work in film theatre and motion capture. For all levels from complete beginners to professional fight performers.
Date: 12th December 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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Combat Lab

Combat Lab

Train and hone your skills for fight work in film theatre and motion capture. For all levels from complete beginners to professional fight performers.
Date: 19th December 2021
Time: 18:30-20:30
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January 2022
Fantasy Fighting for Film Masterclass

Fantasy Fighting for Film Masterclass

A masterclass with visiting instructor Alexander Holloway, LotR New Zealand Stunt Team and director of The New Zealand Stage Combat School.
Date: 8th January 2022
Time: 10:00-18:00
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