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Performance Combat Arts: Stage Combat Intro Workshop

Performance Combat Arts: Stage Combat Intro Workshop

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  • Sat 10 Feb ’18 – Sat 17 Feb ’18, 8:00am – 12:00pm


The Imperial School of Swordsmanship, 283 Great North Road, Henderson, Auckland, Henderson



From slaps and hair pulls to kicking and punching, being armed with a Broad Sword and Unarmed moves are the most common combat techniques theatrical and Screen performers are likely to come across when auditioning.

This course is suitable for complete beginners and ideal for anyone interested in Film, TV, Theater, opera and more. It provides the participants with an excellent foundation to cope with reenacting many roles requiring fights.

Participants will build a foundation in many performance combat techniques, enhancing their acting skill set and Unarmed & Sword fight techniques to keep them safe in their Performance Fights & Combats:

- Introduction to fundamental combat techniques in unarmed and medieval sword work.
- Application of those techniques through performing choreographed fights.
- Learn to work effectively as a fight partner.
- Gain an understanding of safety.
- Acting the fight.
- Understand performing fights.
- Acting Principals.
- Health and Safety.

Benefits for the Actor/Actress:
- Impressive techniques to create a climactic moment in any show.
- Injury prevention with the practice and critique of safe movement.
- Mastery of the instrument. The body and mind will be under maximum stress in a fight scene.
- Improve your fitness while learning practical performance skills.

Lesson Priorities:
Every class and workshop is focused on the practical application of dramatic combat principles, and students practice every skill under close supervision.

Performance Combat Arts Training is a unique training built from the ground up to ensure all actor combatants graduating from The Imperial School of Swordsmanship are not only stunt fighters but also in fact martial combatants who can act.

- Safety: The performer needs to move with high speed and intensity, without risking any kind of injury.
- Storytelling: it’s part of the play/movie and the actor learns to incorporate combat into a scene.
- Style: Techniques change based on history and geography.
- Basic swordplay
- Basic unarmed techniques
- Creating the illusion of injury or death
- Filming action scenes
- Historical context
- Terminology of martial arts

**Note: This Intro workshop is the pre-requisite for Basic, Advanced I & Advanced II Workshops which lead towards Certification Assessments in Performance Combat Arts Certification Training. **

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