Upcoming Stage Combat Training

Mark your calendars for the biggest upcoming stage combat events in Canada!

Paddy Crean

Program dates: December 29, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Registration deadline: November 19, 2014
The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta

This workshop is an opportunity for master teachers, researchers, and movement artists to get together and share in the wealth of knowledge that is found in historical and theatrical fighting techniques, from all around the world. We welcome everyone from beginners to experts, enthusiasts of stage combat, historical martial arts, stunt work, and the theatrical movement industry to join us and participate in the classes and lectures offered by our instructors.

As time goes by it is easy to forget where a lot of our shared heritage comes from. In the areas of historical martial arts, movement studies, stage combat, fight direction and stunts, we are all going through a huge boom in research and development and in turn our various areas of study are finding a wonderful renaissance. This year we celebrate our 8th trip to The Banff Centre with a theme called: Heroes and Monsters!

Not only is the training intense and the new knowledge invaluable, you get to make connections with international experts, and to top it off the resort accommodations and food are superb.

For more info, visit www.paddycrean.com
To register, visit Banff Centre: Paddy Crean Workshop

AFDC Nationals 2015

June 29 -July 16
University of Alberta Drama Department, Edmonton, Alberta


The Academy of Fight Directors Canada is pleased to announce that the 2015 Nationals will once again be hosted by our colleagues at the UofA.

This professional certification program has been expanded from 12 days to 18 days in 2015. This will allow candidates a more comprehensive training experience and more time to prepare before testing.

At AFDC, we are committed to offering the best professional training available. We take great pride in our certified members and their contributions to the industry and Actor/Combatant training around the world.

Registration for the 2015 Nationals will be available online by mid-October, 2014, with early bird discounts available until Jan. 15, 2015.
For more info and to register, visit: www.fdc.ca

Certification Intensives at Rapier Wit

Over the course of these certification classes, some of Canada’s best stage combat professionals will take students through training designed to help them progress as physical performers. Classes will focus on successfully creating the illusion of violence through armed/unarmed techniques and application of acting craft. Rapier Wit, located in downtown Toronto, is Canada’s first and longest-running stage combat school.

Intermediate: January 5 – 26 9 AM to 6 PM every day (two rest days)

Basic: May 10 – May 22 Basic Actor Combatant A 9 AM to 6 PM every day (one rest day)
OR June 13 – June 25 Basic Actor Combatant B 9 AM to 6 PM every day (one rest day)

For more info and to register, visit RapierWit.com

Combat Acting at Academie Duello

January 19 – 30
Monday-Friday 9am – 4pm

Academie Duello’s Stage & Screen program provides actors, stunt-people and action-film enthusiasts in Vancouver with an engaging and supportive environment to build and develop their skills as stage combatants.

Fight Directors Canada requires three specific weapon systems at the Basic Actor-Combatant level: Sword, Quarterstaff and Unarmed. The 20 hours of lessons per weapon covers how to wield the weapon with accuracy and effective fighting style, in drills, choreography and flourishes. Equally important are the safety concerns with each weapon, and how to create the illusion of violence with each strike and move. At the end of the course, the student will perform three fight scenes (complete with dialogue and acting besides an impressive fight), one for each weapon, evaluated by an FDC Fight Master.

For more info and to register, visit: www.AcademieDuello.com

David McCormick Head of Stage Combat at Academie Duello and certified Instructor with Fight Directors Canada. Head of Bartitsu at Academie Duello, the longest continuously running Bartitsu program in the world.
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