Independent Drama - Dramatic Action Specialists
Training

Training: Courses & Workshops

Independent Drama caters for all levels of ability from complete beginner to experienced fight performer. Courses are run by certified stage combat teachers who are working industry professionals.

Many courses lead to accredited industry recognised qualifications with stage combat examining bodies such as the BASSC and the BADC.
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TERM PASSES
BOTH Combat Lab & Martial Arts for Actors - TERM PASS (JAN-MAR)
BOTH Combat Lab & Martial Arts for Actors - TERM PASS (JAN-MAR)
Buy a term pass for both of these Sunday drop-ins and get a discount.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 07/01/18 to
Sun 25/03/18
17:00-21:30
This TERM PASS will cover you for all the Sunday weekly Combat Lab and Martial Arts for Actors drop-in sessions starting Sunday 7th January 2018 through to Sunday 25th March 2018.

Class Times
Martial Arts for Actors: 17:00-18:30
Combat Lab: 18:30-21:30
Standard price: £264.00.
BOTH Combat Lab & Martial Arts for Actors - YEAR TERM PASS
BOTH Combat Lab & Martial Arts for Actors - YEAR TERM PASS
Buy a term pass for both of these Sunday drop-ins and get a discount.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 07/01/18 to
Sun 16/12/18
17:00-21:30
This YEAR TERM PASS will cover you for all the Sunday weekly Combat Lab and Martial Arts for Actors drop-in sessions starting Sunday 7th January 2018 through to Sunday 16th December 2018.

Class Times
Martial Arts for Actors: 17:00-18:30
Combat Lab: 18:30-21:30
Standard price: £651.00.
Martial Arts for Actors - TERM PASS (JAN-MAR)
Martial Arts for Actors - TERM PASS (JAN-MAR)
Become a more effective fight performer.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 07/01/18 to
Sun 25/03/18
17:00-18:30
The TERM PASS will cover you for all the weekly Martial Arts for Actors drop-in sessions starting Sunday 7th January 2018 through to Sunday 25th March 2018.

This weekly drop in class is designed to improve fitness, power and flexibility which are all key elements in becoming a proficient action performer.

IDEAL FOR ACTORS
We aim to provide traditional martial arts training within a supportive environment ideal for actors. Everyone is welcome, so whether you have no previous experience, are currently out of shape or already train in other martial arts feel free to join us.

Techniques learnt can be applied to theatrical performance and we will practice this at combat labs throughout the year.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The class will focus on San Shou Kuan which is an amalgam of traditional Northern Long Fist (Ch'arng Ch'uen) Shaolin Kungfu and Western Kickboxing.

Techniques covered include a wide range of kicks, punches as well as throwing, take downs, ground work, locks and escapes. Forms and fixed sparring will also be taught. For senior students, free sparing, knife, staff, sword, 3 section staff and breaking are also taught.

Classes will be taught by certified San Shou Kuan instructors.

CAN I GET A BLACK BELT?
Students can choose their training objective and either come along as often or as little as they like and wear regular training clothes or may choose to go through a traditional belt grading system, get the uniform and work to whatever level they wish from white belt through to black belt and instructor.

For those wishing to go through the grading system you can sign up as San Sho Kuan club members (35 pounds per year) at any time. The club is affiliated to the British Council of Chinese Martial Arts, the European WuShu Federation and the International WuShu Federation. Members can also compete at local, national, European and world levels. For those students wishing to increase their training there are other San Shou Kuan clubs around London who will be happy to welcome our students. We would recommend this for students wishing to progress to higher belt gradings.

Students need a minimum of 16 hours of training in San Shou Kuan between each of their gradings.
Standard price: £136.00.
Martial Arts for Actors - YEAR TERM PASS
Martial Arts for Actors - YEAR TERM PASS
Become a more effective fight performer.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 07/01/18 to
Sun 16/12/18
17:00-18:30
The YEAR TERM PASS will cover you for all the weekly Martial Arts for Actors drop-in sessions starting Sunday 7th January 2018 through to Sunday 16th December 2018.

This weekly drop in class is designed to improve fitness, power and flexibility which are all key elements in becoming a proficient action performer.

IDEAL FOR ACTORS
We aim to provide traditional martial arts training within a supportive environment ideal for actors. Everyone is welcome, so whether you have no previous experience, are currently out of shape or already train in other martial arts feel free to join us.

Techniques learnt can be applied to theatrical performance and we will practice this at combat labs throughout the year.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The class will focus on San Shou Kuan which is an amalgam of traditional Northern Long Fist (Ch'arng Ch'uen) Shaolin Kungfu and Western Kickboxing.

Techniques covered include a wide range of kicks, punches as well as throwing, take downs, ground work, locks and escapes. Forms and fixed sparring will also be taught. For senior students, free sparing, knife, staff, sword, 3 section staff and breaking are also taught.

Classes will be taught by certified San Shou Kuan instructors.

CAN I GET A BLACK BELT?
Students can choose their training objective and either come along as often or as little as they like and wear regular training clothes or may choose to go through a traditional belt grading system, get the uniform and work to whatever level they wish from white belt through to black belt and instructor.

For those wishing to go through the grading system you can sign up as San Sho Kuan club members (35 pounds per year) at any time. The club is affiliated to the British Council of Chinese Martial Arts, the European WuShu Federation and the International WuShu Federation. Members can also compete at local, national, European and world levels. For those students wishing to increase their training there are other San Shou Kuan clubs around London who will be happy to welcome our students. We would recommend this for students wishing to progress to higher belt gradings.

Students need a minimum of 16 hours of training in San Shou Kuan between each of their gradings.
Standard price: £345.00.
Combat Lab - TERM PASS (JAN-MAR)
Combat Lab - TERM PASS (JAN-MAR)
A drop-in session suitable for all levels including complete beginners with no experience to advanced actor combatants and teachers.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 07/01/18 to
Sun 25/03/18
18:30-21:30
The TERM PASS will cover you for all the weekly Sunday Combat Lab drop-in sessions starting Sunday 7th January 2018 through to Sunday 25th March 2018.

These sessions are designed to provide a space for students, teachers and friends of ID to keep up their combat skills or for complete beginners to have a go at stage combat. Ideal for students taking fight exams or training with stage and screen combat academies to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded people.

There will always be an ID Teacher on site to help out where required and to manage the space but these are not compulsory structured classes. What you practise at the Combat Lab is at your discretion and you are responsible for ensuring you work safely, warm up appropriately, and wear suitable training attire.

All students are welcome to join in with group drills and exercises including footwork, parries, tumbling, weapon specialisms, choreography and much more. Sometimes we run themed sessions in which a structured class is taught - students have the option to partake or they can use available space to work on something else.

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; no firearms allowed) or let us know if you would like us to bring something along for you to borrow.

It is a casual class - you can turn up / leave at any time between 18:30-21:30. Please note the first 15 minutes is usually dedicated to self warm up and social time and an opportunity for new students to talk to teachers about what they would like to achieve.
Standard price: £145.00.
Combat Lab - YEAR TERM PASS
Combat Lab - YEAR TERM PASS
A drop-in session suitable for all levels including complete beginners with no experience to advanced actor combatants and teachers.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 07/01/18 to
Sun 16/12/18
18:30-21:30
The YEAR TERM PASS will cover you for all the weekly Sunday Combat Lab drop-in sessions starting Sunday 7th January 2018 through to Sunday 16th December 2018.

These sessions are designed to provide a space for students, teachers and friends of ID to keep up their combat skills or for complete beginners to have a go at stage combat. Ideal for students taking fight exams or training with stage and screen combat academies to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded people.

There will always be an ID Teacher on site to help out where required and to manage the space but these are not compulsory structured classes. What you practise at the Combat Lab is at your discretion and you are responsible for ensuring you work safely, warm up appropriately, and wear suitable training attire.

All students are welcome to join in with group drills and exercises including footwork, parries, tumbling, weapon specialisms, choreography and much more. Sometimes we run themed sessions in which a structured class is taught - students have the option to partake or they can use available space to work on something else.

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; no firearms allowed) or let us know if you would like us to bring something along for you to borrow.

It is a casual class - you can turn up / leave at any time between 18:30-21:30. Please note the first 15 minutes is usually dedicated to self warm up and social time and an opportunity for new students to talk to teachers about what they would like to achieve.
Standard price: £353.00.
AUTUMN TERM 2017Sep - Dec
December 2017
Last Combat Lab - 17th December - Freeplay
Last Combat Lab - 17th December - Freeplay
A drop-in session suitable for all levels including complete beginners with no experience to advanced actor combatants and teachers.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 17/12/17
18:30-21:30
Course leader(s): Dan Styles & Ronin Traynor
These sessions are designed to provide a space for students, teachers and friends of ID to keep up their combat skills or for complete beginners to have a go at stage combat. Ideal for students taking fight exams or training with stage and screen combat academies to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded people.

There will always be an ID Teacher on site to help out where required and to manage the space but these are not compulsory structured classes. What you practise at the Combat Lab is at your discretion and you are responsible for ensuring you work safely, warm up appropriately, and wear suitable training attire.

All students are welcome to join in with group drills and exercises including footwork, parries, tumbling, weapon specialisms, choreography and much more. Sometimes we run themed sessions in which a structured class is taught - students have the option to partake or they can use available space to work on something else.

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; no firearms allowed) or let us know if you would like us to bring something along for you to borrow.

It is a casual class - you can turn up / leave at any time between 18:30-21:30. Please note the first 15 minutes is usually dedicated to selk warm up and social time and an opportunity for new students to talk to teachers about what they would like to achieve.
Standard price: £10.00.
WINTER/SPRING TERM 2018Jan - Mar
January 2018
ID Weekly: BADC Standard (Accredited)
ID Weekly: BADC Standard (Accredited)
For absolute beginners or those with no previous British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) qualifications, or those wishing to renew an expired BADC Standard (level 1) certificate.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 07/01/18 to
Sun 25/02/18
10:00-17:00
Course leader(s): Dan Styles
This is a weekly course running every Sunday.

Book any two BADC or BASSC accredited courses at the same time and save 50 pounds.

This course will cover rapier and dagger, single sword and unarmed combat techniques.

This is an intensive course where students will learn how to safely perform fight choreography in each of the three fight disciplines. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will work on incorporating their fight choreography into dramatic scenes. Exploring topics such as character objective, fight rhythm and staging actors will learn to create a fight where they are connected and truthful and as such engaging to an audience.

Students will have the opportunity at the end of the course to certify with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat at Standard level in rapier & dagger, single sword and unarmed combat. The test fee is included in the course price.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £320.00, expires after 07/11/17.
Standard price: £385.00, Previous ID students £350.00, BADC/BASSC Members £350.00.
ID Intensive: BADC Standard (Accredited)
ID Intensive: BADC Standard (Accredited)
For absolute beginners or those with no previous British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) qualifications, or those wishing to renew an expired BADC Standard (level 1) certificate.
Carole Young Community Centre, 1st Floor, Cranston Estate, London, N1 5EH
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Mon 08/01/18 to
Wed 17/01/18
09:30-17:00
FULL - you snooze, you lose
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Course leader(s): Dan Styles
No classes on the weekend; Friday finishes at 13:00.

Book any two BADC or BASSC accredited courses at the same time and save 50 pounds.

This course will cover rapier and dagger, single sword and unarmed combat techniques.

This is an intensive course where students will learn how to safely perform fight choreography in each of the three fight disciplines. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will work on incorporating their fight choreography into dramatic scenes. Exploring topics such as character objective, fight rhythm and staging actors will learn to create a fight where they are connected and truthful and as such engaging to an audience.

Students will have the opportunity at the end of the course to certify with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat at Standard level in rapier & dagger, single sword and unarmed combat. The test fee is included in the course price.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £320.00, expires after 08/11/17.
Standard price: £385.00, Previous ID students £350.00, BADC/BASSC Members £350.00.
ID Intensive: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)
ID Intensive: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)
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.
Carole Young Community Centre, 1st Floor, Cranston Estate, London, N1 5EH
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Mon 22/01/18 to
Fri 02/02/18
09:30-17:00
Course leader(s): Dan Styles
No classes on the weekend; Friday finishes at 13:00.

Book any two BADC or BASSC accredited courses at the same time and save 50 pounds.

This course will cover three intermediate/advanced weapon systems: advanced unarmed combat, axe & knife, and 18th century smallsword.

The Intermediate course is suitable for those with a current BADC Standard (Level 1) qualification or an expired Intermediate (Level 2).

The Modular Advanced course is suitable for those with a current BADC Intermediate (Level 2) qualification or an expired or modular Advanced (Level 3) qualification. To complete the full Advanced qualification, students must examine in five different weapon systems (i.e. two more weapons in addition to these three weapons) and must include 18th century smallsword. These can be taken before or after this course.

All qualifications are valid for 3 years.

Students will learn techniques and fight choreography in each of the three fight disciplines. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will be expanding upon their knowledge of performing a dramatic fight scene and stepping up their ability to engage in a truthful and fully committed performance with a completely hidden safety technique. One weapon system of their choice will also include dialogue. The exam fee is included in the course price.

This is a BADC affiliated course.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £320.00, expires after 22/11/17.
Standard price: £385.00, Previous ID students £350.00, BADC/BASSC Members £350.00.
March 2018
ID Weekly: BASSC Martial Unarmed (Accredited)
ID Weekly: BASSC Martial Unarmed (Accredited)
Fighting for theatre and film plus fitness and kickboxing training.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sat 03/03/18 to
Sun 15/04/18
10:00-18:30
Early bird rate expires after: 03/01/18
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Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor
This is a weekly course running every Sunday, however the first session starts on Saturday 3rd March, the next is on Sunday 4th March, then resumes weekly every Sunday until Sunday 15th April.



This course is suitable for complete beginners and those combatants looking to improve their kicking, fighting fitness and improve their casting opportunities for roles requiring martially trained characters. Unarmed is probably the most requested skill set for fight performers and this course will cover all the essential basics and build your strength and power to make you a more believable fighter for screen combat.

Training will be a mixture of stage combat and traditional Chinese kickboxing (San Shou Kuan). The course will culminate in an exam with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat in unarmed fighting.

For those students interested there will be an opportunity to take your first martial arts grading if you wish. There will also be an option to do this later in the year at one of many gradings in London. We will also be running weekly drop in classes on Sundays for those who wish to continue their martial arts training.

The course cost includes test fees for both the BASSC exam and the first San Shou Kuan grading, as well as membership to the BASSC and San Shou Kuan for 1 year. It also includes the 'Martial Arts for Actors' drop-in session that runs from 17:00-18:30 during this course and is open to other students.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £270.00, expires after 03/01/18.
Standard price: £335.00, Previous ID students £300.00, BADC/BASSC Members £300.00.
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement
Firearms training for film and theatre.
London Bubble, 5 Elephant Lane, London, SE16 4JD
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Sat 10/03/18
13:00-20:00
Early bird rate expires after: 10/01/18
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Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor & Dan Styles
Learn the safety, law and handling techniques when working with firearms and ensure that you look competent and confident handling guns in action roles of a domestic, gangster or police nature.

Using a range of blank firing, airsoft and prop handguns this workshop will cover:
  • Firearm health and safety law
  • History of firearms
  • Dos and Don'ts
  • Handling (handguns) - drawing, loading, reloading, moving, etc.
  • Disarms and combat with firearms
  • Blank firing

Independent Drama runs a complimentary Firearms course called Firearms: Military & Tactical.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive a voucher, which can be used for one of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £100.00, expires after 10/01/18.
Standard price: £125.00, Previous ID students £110.00, BADC/BASSC Members £110.00.
Firearms: Military & Tactical
Firearms: Military & Tactical
Firearms training for film and theatre.
Carole Young Community Centre, 1st Floor, Cranston Estate, London, N1 5EH
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Sat 17/03/18
10:00-18:00
Early bird rate expires after: 17/01/18
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Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor & Dan Styles
This course takes a more military angle looking at the weapons and tactics from the army to special ops.

Learn the techniques to accurately play a professional soldier in the armed forces.

This course will cover:
  • Rifle handling - loading, reloading, moving, stances, etc.
  • Tactical maneuvers
  • Close quarters battle
  • Room clearance
  • Sniping
  • Field stripping (pistol)

Independent Drama runs a complimentary Firearms course called Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive a voucher, which can be used for one of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £100.00, expires after 17/01/18.
Standard price: £125.00, Previous ID students £110.00, BADC/BASSC Members £110.00.
SUMMER TERM 2018Apr - Aug
April 2018
ID Weekly: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)
ID Weekly: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)
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.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 22/04/18 to
Sun 24/06/18
10:00-17:00
Early bird rate expires after: 22/02/18
For a full price list, see more information.
Course leader(s): Dan Styles
Book any two BADC or BASSC accredited courses at the same time and save 50 pounds.

This course will cover three intermediate/advanced weapon systems: case of rapiers, sword & shield, and two-handed broadsword.

The Intermediate course is suitable for those with a current BADC Standard (Level 1) qualification or an expired Intermediate (Level 2).

The Modular Advanced course is suitable for those with a current BADC Intermediate (Level 2) qualification or an expired or modular Advanced (Level 3) qualification. To complete the full Advanced qualification, students must examine in five different weapon systems (i.e. two more weapons in addition to these three weapons) and must include 18th century smallsword. These can be taken before or after this course.

All qualifications are valid for 3 years.

Students will learn techniques and fight choreography in each of the three fight disciplines. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will be expanding upon their knowledge of performing a dramatic fight scene and stepping up their ability to engage in a truthful and fully committed performance with a completely hidden safety technique. One weapon system of their choice will also include dialogue. The exam fee is included in the course price.

This is a BADC affiliated course.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £320.00, expires after 22/02/18.
Standard price: £385.00, Previous ID students £350.00, BADC/BASSC Members £350.00.
ID Intensive: BASSC Swashbuckling (Accredited)
ID Intensive: BASSC Swashbuckling (Accredited)
Fight right handed, fight left handed and look cool whilst you do it.
Carole Young Community Centre, 1st Floor, Cranston Estate, London, N1 5EH
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Mon 23/04/18 to
Wed 02/05/18
09:30-17:00
Early bird rate expires after: 23/02/18
For a full price list, see more information.
Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor
No classes on the weekend; Friday 27th finishes at 13:00.

Book any two BADC or BASSC accredited courses at the same time and save 50 pounds.

You've seen the swashbuckling movies both old and new. Now is your chance to learn to fight like Zorro, Jack Sparrow and the loveable rouges from the Princess Bride. Swashbuckling is fun but it's also a challenging skill to fight like you love it whilst keeping the tension and fear needed to give the audience goose bumps. Fight right handed, fight left handed and look cool whilst you do it.

Students will learn the techniques required to perform an effective swashbuckling fight and will have the opportunity at the end of the course to take the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat Fight Performance Test. The test fee is included in the course price. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will be expanding upon their knowledge of performing a dramatic fight scene with dialogue.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £270.00, expires after 23/02/18.
Standard price: £335.00, Previous ID students £300.00, BADC/BASSC Members £300.00.
June 2018
ID Intensive: BADC Standard (Accredited)
ID Intensive: BADC Standard (Accredited)
For absolute beginners or those with no previous British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) qualifications, or those wishing to renew an expired BADC Standard (level 1) certificate.
Carole Young Community Centre, 1st Floor, Cranston Estate, London, N1 5EH
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Thu 14/06/18 to
Sun 24/06/18
09:30-17:00
Early bird rate expires after: 14/04/18
For a full price list, see more information.
Course leader(s): Dan Styles
This is an eleven-day course; no classes on the first weekend or Saturday 23rd June. Fridays finish at 13:00. The fight performance test will take place on the last day of the course, Sunday 24th June at our Bethnal Green venue starting at 10:00.

This course will cover rapier and dagger, single sword and unarmed combat techniques.

This is an intensive course where students will learn how to safely perform fight choreography in each of the three fight disciplines. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will work on incorporating their fight choreography into dramatic scenes. Exploring topics such as character objective, fight rhythm and staging actors will learn to create a fight where they are connected and truthful and as such engaging to an audience.

Students will have the opportunity at the end of the course to certify with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat at Standard level in rapier & dagger, single sword and unarmed combat. The test fee is included in the course price.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £320.00, expires after 14/04/18.
Standard price: £385.00, Previous ID students £350.00, BADC/BASSC Members £350.00.
July 2018
ID Weekly: BASSC Smallsword (Accredited)
ID Weekly: BASSC Smallsword (Accredited)
Small but quick!
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 01/07/18 to
Sun 12/08/18
10:00-17:00
Early bird rate expires after: 03/04/18
For a full price list, see more information.
Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor
Don't let the title of 'small' fool you. The Small Sword of the eighteenth century is arguably the deadliest sword to appear in Europe and was to dominate the scene of personal defense until the evolution of the gun.

Quick, deadly and the sword of gentleman, courtiers and kings the small sword is just as much a statement of class as it is of violent possibilities. Featured in plays such as 'les Dangerous Liaisons', and films like 'The Count of Monte Cristo' the ability to use one is a useful tool in the actor's box.

During the course students will learn the techniques required to perform an effective smallsword fight and will have the opportunity at the end of the course to take the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat Fight Performance Test. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will be expanding upon their knowledge of performing a dramatic fight scene with dialogue.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £270.00, expires after 03/04/18.
Standard price: £335.00, Previous ID students £300.00, BADC/BASSC Members £300.00.
ID Intensive: BASSC Knife (Accredited)
ID Intensive: BASSC Knife (Accredited)
Relatively available to characters from all social classes the knife is quick and deadly.
Phoenix Brighton, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB
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Mon 09/07/18 to
Sat 14/07/18
09:30-18:00
Early bird rate expires after: 09/05/18
For a full price list, see more information.
Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor
Knife is one of the most common weapons used in theatre to portray violent conflict and as such is a great weapon to understand as an actor. Relatively available to characters from all social classes the knife is quick and deadly.

Students will learn the techniques required to perform effective knife fights and will have the opportunity at the end of the course to take the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat Fight Performance Test. (Test fee included in course prices).

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £250.00, expires after 09/05/18.
Standard price: £300.00, Previous ID students £270.00, BADC/BASSC Members £270.00.
ID Intensive: BASSC Martial Unarmed (Accredited)
ID Intensive: BASSC Martial Unarmed (Accredited)
Fighting for theatre and film plus fitness and kickboxing training.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Mon 16/07/18 to
Wed 25/07/18
10:00-17:30
Early bird rate expires after: 16/05/18
For a full price list, see more information.
Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor
No classes on weekends.

This course is suitable for complete beginners and those combatants looking to improve their kicking, fighting fitness and improve their casting opportunities for roles requiring martially trained characters. Unarmed is probably the most requested skill set for fight performers and this course will cover all the essential basics and build your strength and power to make you a more believable fighter for screen combat.

Training will be a mixture of stage combat and traditional Chinese kickboxing (San Shou Kuan). The course will culminate in an exam with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat in unarmed fighting.

For those students interested there will be an opportunity to take your first martial arts grading if you wish. There will also be an option to do this later in the year at one of many gradings in London. We will also be running weekly drop in classes on Sundays for those who wish to continue their martial arts training.

The course cost includes test fees for both the BASSC exam and the first San Shou Kuan grading, as well as membership to the BASSC and San Shou Kuan for 1 year.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £270.00, expires after 16/05/18.
Standard price: £335.00, Previous ID students £300.00, BADC/BASSC Members £300.00.
August 2018
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement
Firearms training for film and theatre.
London Bubble, 5 Elephant Lane, London, SE16 4JD
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Sat 04/08/18
13:00-20:00
Early bird rate expires after: 04/06/18
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Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor & Dan Styles
Learn the safety, law and handling techniques when working with firearms and ensure that you look competent and confident handling guns in action roles of a domestic, gangster or police nature.

Using a range of blank firing, airsoft and prop handguns this workshop will cover:
  • Firearm health and safety law
  • History of firearms
  • Dos and Don'ts
  • Handling (handguns) - drawing, loading, reloading, moving, etc.
  • Disarms and combat with firearms
  • Blank firing

Independent Drama runs a complimentary Firearms course called Firearms: Military & Tactical.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive a voucher, which can be used for one of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £100.00, expires after 04/06/18.
Standard price: £125.00, Previous ID students £110.00, BADC/BASSC Members £110.00.
Firearms: Military & Tactical
Firearms: Military & Tactical
Firearms training for film and theatre.
Carole Young Community Centre, 1st Floor, Cranston Estate, London, N1 5EH
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Sat 18/08/18
10:00-18:00
Early bird rate expires after: 18/06/18
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Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor & Dan Styles
This course takes a more military angle looking at the weapons and tactics from the army to special ops.

Learn the techniques to accurately play a professional soldier in the armed forces.

This course will cover:
  • Rifle handling - loading, reloading, moving, stances, etc.
  • Tactical maneuvers
  • Close quarters battle
  • Room clearance
  • Sniping
  • Field stripping (pistol)

Independent Drama runs a complimentary Firearms course called Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive a voucher, which can be used for one of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £100.00, expires after 18/06/18.
Standard price: £125.00, Previous ID students £110.00, BADC/BASSC Members £110.00.
AUTUMN TERM 2018Sep - Dec
September 2018
ID Weekly: BADC Standard (Accredited)
ID Weekly: BADC Standard (Accredited)
For absolute beginners or those with no previous British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) qualifications, or those wishing to renew an expired BADC Standard (level 1) certificate.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 02/09/18 to
Sun 21/10/18
10:00-17:00
Early bird rate expires after: 02/07/18
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Course leader(s): Dan Styles
This course will cover rapier and dagger, single sword and unarmed combat techniques.

This is an intensive course where students will learn how to safely perform fight choreography in each of the three fight disciplines. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will work on incorporating their fight choreography into dramatic scenes. Exploring topics such as character objective, fight rhythm and staging actors will learn to create a fight where they are connected and truthful and as such engaging to an audience.

Students will have the opportunity at the end of the course to certify with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat at Standard level in rapier & dagger, single sword and unarmed combat. The test fee is included in the course price.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £320.00, expires after 02/07/18.
Standard price: £385.00, Previous ID students £350.00, BADC/BASSC Members £350.00.
October 2018
ID Intensive: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)
ID Intensive: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)
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.
Carole Young Community Centre, 1st Floor, Cranston Estate, London, N1 5EH
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Mon 08/10/18 to
Sun 21/10/18
09:30-17:00
Early bird rate expires after: 08/08/18
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Course leader(s): Dan Styles
This is an eleven-day course; no classes on the first weekend or Saturday 20th October. Fridays finish at 13:00. The fight performance test will take place on the last day of the course, Sunday 21st October at our Bethnal Green venue starting at 10:00.

This course will cover three intermediate/advanced weapon systems: advanced unarmed, knife, and rapier & cloak.

The Intermediate course is suitable for those with a current BADC Standard (Level 1) qualification or an expired Intermediate (Level 2).

The Modular Advanced course is suitable for those with a current BADC Intermediate (Level 2) qualification or an expired or modular Advanced (Level 3) qualification. To complete the full Advanced qualification, students must examine in five different weapon systems (i.e. two more weapons in addition to these three weapons) and must include 18th century smallsword. These can be taken before or after this course.

All qualifications are valid for 3 years.

Students will learn techniques and fight choreography in each of the three fight disciplines. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will be expanding upon their knowledge of performing a dramatic fight scene and stepping up their ability to engage in a truthful and fully committed performance with a completely hidden safety technique. One weapon system of their choice will also include dialogue. The exam fee is included in the course price.

This is a BADC affiliated course.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive two vouchers, which can be used for any of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £320.00, expires after 08/08/18.
Standard price: £385.00, Previous ID students £350.00, BADC/BASSC Members £350.00.
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement
Firearms training for film and theatre.
London Bubble, 5 Elephant Lane, London, SE16 4JD
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Sat 13/10/18
13:00-20:00
Early bird rate expires after: 13/08/18
For a full price list, see more information.
Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor & Dan Styles
Learn the safety, law and handling techniques when working with firearms and ensure that you look competent and confident handling guns in action roles of a domestic, gangster or police nature.

Using a range of blank firing, airsoft and prop handguns this workshop will cover:
  • Firearm health and safety law
  • History of firearms
  • Dos and Don'ts
  • Handling (handguns) - drawing, loading, reloading, moving, etc.
  • Disarms and combat with firearms
  • Blank firing

Independent Drama runs a complimentary Firearms course called Firearms: Military & Tactical.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive a voucher, which can be used for one of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £100.00, expires after 13/08/18.
Standard price: £125.00, Previous ID students £110.00, BADC/BASSC Members £110.00.
Firearms: Military & Tactical
Firearms: Military & Tactical
Firearms training for film and theatre.
Carole Young Community Centre, 1st Floor, Cranston Estate, London, N1 5EH
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Sat 27/10/18
10:00-18:00
Early bird rate expires after: 27/08/18
For a full price list, see more information.
Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor
This course takes a military angle looking at the weapons and tactics from the army to special ops.

Learn the techniques to accurately play a professional soldier in the armed forces.

With more focus on rifle work, this course will cover:
  • Rifle handling - loading, reloading, moving, stances, etc.
  • Tactical maneuvers
  • Close quarters battle
  • Room clearance
  • Sniping
  • Field stripping (pistol)

Independent Drama runs a complimentary Firearms course called Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement.

FREE TRAINING: All students will receive a voucher, which can be used for one of our weekly drop-in classes, 'Martial Arts for Actors' or 'Combat Lab'.
Early bird price: £100.00, expires after 27/08/18.
Standard price: £125.00, Previous ID students £110.00, BADC/BASSC Members £110.00.
ID Weekly: BASSC Broadsword (Accredited)
ID Weekly: BASSC Broadsword (Accredited)
If you want to sword fight on film this is the weapon for you.
Eastbourne House Arts, 1st Floor, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0PT
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Sun 28/10/18 to
Sun 09/12/18
10:00-17:00
Early bird rate expires after: 28/08/18
For a full price list, see more information.
Course leader(s): Ronin Traynor
The broadsword has captured the imagination of story tellers for centuries, often linked with the hero and their quest. From fantasy characters such as Aragorn (LotR) and half the cast of Game of Thrones, to theatre classics such as Macbeth and Robin Hood it's a weapon actors can expect to come across time and time again. The course will focus on the hand and a half sword allowing the single handed or two handed use.

During the course students will learn the techniques required to perform an effective broadsword fight and will have the opportunity at the end of the course to take the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat Fight Performance Test. The test fee is included in the course price. The course will also focus on acting skills and students will be expanding upon their knowledge of performing a dramatic fight scene with dialogue.
Early bird price: £270.00, expires after 28/08/18.
Standard price: £335.00, Previous ID students £300.00, BADC/BASSC Members £300.00.
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Stage Combat & Utility Stunts for Film, TV, Theatre, Motion Capture, Live Events
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