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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.

Fighting For Film

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.

January 2020
Combat Lab - 1 vs Many With Machete

Combat Lab - 19th January

1 vs Many With Machete

Venue: Room 10 (Top Floor), Archway Methodist Church, N19 3TD
Time: 18:30-21:00

Combat Lab is £12.00.
Pay on the day via cash or card.
ID Intensive: BASSC Martial Unarmed (Accredited)

BASSC Martial Unarmed

Monday 20th January 2020 to Thursday 30th January 2020
Fighting for theatre and film plus fitness and kickboxing training.
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FULL - enrol to be put on the waiting list
Combat Lab - BASSC Weapons of Choice: Heavy Hitters

Combat Lab - 26th January

BASSC Weapons of Choice: Heavy Hitters

Venue: Room 10 (Top Floor), Archway Methodist Church, N19 3TD
Time: 18:30-21:00

Combat Lab is £12.00.
Pay on the day via cash or card.
February 2020
Combat Lab - Smallsword

Combat Lab - 2nd February

Smallsword

Venue: Room 10 (Top Floor), Archway Methodist Church, N19 3TD
Time: 18:30-21:00

Combat Lab is £12.00.
Pay on the day via cash or card.
Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

Supportive Skills - Falling From The Ground Up

Friday 7th February 2020 to Friday 28th February 2020
This course is ideal for anyone working in film, theatre, live shows and motion capture.
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Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 13th February 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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Supportive Skills - Firearms Fridays

Supportive Skills - Firearms Fridays

Friday 14th February 2020
Open only to those students who have done either our Civilian & Law Enforcement or Military & Tactical Firearms courses.
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ID Intensive: BASSC Rapier & Dagger (Accredited)

BASSC Rapier & Dagger

Monday 17th February 2020 to Wednesday 26th February 2020
Now you can learn to fight like your favourite heroes or villains!
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Supportive Skills - Firearms Fridays

Supportive Skills - Firearms Fridays

Friday 21st February 2020
Open only to those students who have done either our Civilian & Law Enforcement or Military & Tactical Firearms courses.
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ID Weekly: BADC Standard (Accredited)

BADC Standard (weekly classes)

Sunday 23rd February 2020 to Sunday 5th April 2020
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.
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Supportive Skills - Firearms Fridays

Supportive Skills - Firearms Fridays

Friday 28th February 2020
Open only to those students who have done either our Civilian & Law Enforcement or Military & Tactical Firearms courses.
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March 2020
Supportive Skills - Firearms Fridays

Supportive Skills - Firearms Fridays

Friday 6th March 2020
Open only to those students who have done either our Civilian & Law Enforcement or Military & Tactical Firearms courses.
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Supportive Skills - Weapon Tricking & Spinning

Supportive Skills - Weapon Tricking & Spinning

Friday 6th March 2020 to Friday 27th March 2020
Learn a range of weapon tricks and spinning techniques to make you stand out from the crowd.
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Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Saturday 7th March 2020
Firearms training for film and theatre.
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Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 12th March 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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Firearms: Military & Tactical

Firearms: Military & Tactical

Saturday 14th March 2020
Firearms training for film and theatre.
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Stunt Driving

Stunt Driving

Thursday 19th March 2020
Get in the drivers seat for this precision and stunt driving course. This course is suitable for anyone with a valid driving license.
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ID Intensive: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)

BADC Intermediate / Advanced

Monday 23rd March 2020 to Sunday 5th April 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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April 2020
Supportive Skills - Wushu For Film

Supportive Skills - Wushu For Film

Friday 3rd April 2020 to Friday 24th April 2020
Learning the fundamentals of this discipline teaches you poise, posture, dramatic Kung Fu style and techniques you won't find in any other martial arts or movement system.
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ID Intensive: BASSC Swashbuckling (Accredited)

BASSC Swashbuckling

Monday 6th April 2020 to Wednesday 15th April 2020
Fight right handed, fight left handed and look cool whilst you do it.
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ID Weekly: BASSC Sword & Shield (Accredited)

BASSC Sword & Shield (weekly classes)

Sunday 12th April 2020 to Sunday 17th May 2020
It's fast, brutal and loud.
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Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 16th April 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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ID Intensive: BADC Standard (Accredited)

BADC Standard

Monday 27th April 2020 to Wednesday 6th May 2020
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.
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May 2020
Supportive Skills - Wrestling For Actors

Supportive Skills - Wrestling For Actors

Friday 1st May 2020 to Friday 22nd May 2020
This course is aimed at people who want to add some close quarters action to their fights.
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Fighting For Film - Foundation Unarmed

Fighting For Film - Foundation Unarmed

Monday 11th May 2020 to Wednesday 13th May 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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Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 14th May 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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Fighting For Film - Foundation Weapons

Fighting For Film - Foundation Weapons

Monday 18th May 2020 to Wednesday 20th May 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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ID Weekly: BADC Standard (Accredited)

BADC Standard (weekly classes)

Sunday 24th May 2020 to Sunday 5th July 2020
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.
Select a fee:

ID Intensive: BASSC Unarmed (Accredited)

BASSC Unarmed

Tuesday 26th May 2020 to Thursday 4th June 2020
This course is suitable for complete beginners and those combatants looking to improve their unarmed fighting skills for film and theatre.
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June 2020
Fighting For Film - Standard Unarmed

Fighting For Film - Standard Unarmed

Monday 8th June 2020 to Wednesday 10th June 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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Fighting For Film - Standard Weapons

Fighting For Film - Standard Weapons

Monday 15th June 2020 to Wednesday 17th June 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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Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 18th June 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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ID Intensive: BADC Intermediate / Advanced (Accredited)

BADC Intermediate / Advanced

Monday 22nd June 2020 to Sunday 5th July 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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July 2020
Fighting For Film - Foundation Unarmed

Fighting For Film - Foundation Unarmed

Monday 6th July 2020 to Wednesday 8th July 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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Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Saturday 11th July 2020
Firearms training for film and theatre.
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ID Weekly: BASSC Smallsword (Accredited)

BASSC Smallsword (weekly classes)

Sunday 12th July 2020 to Sunday 16th August 2020
Small but quick!
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Fighting For Film - Foundation Weapons

Fighting For Film - Foundation Weapons

Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 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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Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 16th July 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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Firearms: Military & Tactical

Firearms: Military & Tactical

Saturday 18th July 2020
Firearms training for film and theatre.
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ID Intensive: BADC Standard (Accredited)

BADC Standard

Monday 20th July 2020 to Wednesday 29th July 2020
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.
Select a fee:

August 2020
ID Weekly: BADC Standard (Accredited)

BADC Standard (weekly classes)

Sunday 23rd August 2020 to Sunday 4th October 2020
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.
Select a fee:

September 2020
Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Firearms: Civilian & Law Enforcement

Saturday 12th September 2020
Firearms training for film and theatre.
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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.
Select a fee:

Fighting For Film - Foundation Unarmed

Fighting For Film - Foundation Unarmed

Monday 21st September 2020 to Wednesday 23rd 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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Fighting For Film - Foundation Weapons

Fighting For Film - 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
ID Intensive: BASSC Unarmed (Accredited)

BASSC Unarmed

Monday 5th October 2020 to Tuesday 13th October 2020
This course is suitable for complete beginners and those combatants looking to improve their unarmed fighting skills for film and theatre.
Select a fee:

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 15th October 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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Fighting For Film - Standard Unarmed

Fighting For Film - Standard Unarmed

Monday 19th October 2020 to Wednesday 21st 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.
Select a fee:

Fighting For Film - Standard Weapons

Fighting For Film - 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.
Select a fee:

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!
Select a fee:

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Headshot & Action Photo Session

Thursday 12th November 2020
One hour headshot and action photo session
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Fighting For Film - Advanced Unarmed

Fighting For Film - Advanced Unarmed

Monday 16th November 2020 to Wednesday 18th November 2020
For students who have passed our Standard level in the same tier (weapons or unarmed) who wish to specialise in a career of screen combat as an actor or stunt performer should take this course.
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Fighting For Film - Advanced Weapons

Fighting For Film - Advanced Weapons

Monday 23rd November 2020 to Wednesday 25th November 2020
For students who have passed our Standard level in the same tier (weapons or unarmed) who wish to specialise in a career of screen combat as an actor or stunt performer should take this course.
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