The first sword appeared during the Bronze Age. It was made of copper and was uncovered at the Harappan sites in present-day Pakistan. By the Middle Ages iron and steel swords were being mass produced and used in battle. Soldiers were trained in swordsmanship and prepared for combat. It was before the era of guns and high powered artillery and face to face fighting was the norm. During this time in history, all of the royal generals, kings, and emperors owned personal swords. These weapons were manufactured by the greatest sword.
Dan Speaker and Jan Bryant (Master and Commander, Hook, Army of Darkness, Hildalgo and more) are among the top experts in fight design, action choreography, and weapons combat for the motion picture industry. With years of experience bringing some of Hollywood’s best fight scenes to life, they can provide action tailored to the needs of any project, complete with choreography fitting the story and characters, on-set coordination of the action, and specialized training for actors in any fighting style, historical or modern, necessary for the production.
The Academy Swordmasters are available for film, TV, Internet, video games, or stage combat projects. While specialists in sword fighting, they will create choreography for all types of weaponry. Please call to discuss your specific needs. In addition to providing project-specific training and coordinating action, the Academy Swordmasters also offer an ongoing professional training class for stunt performers and actors. If you are interested learning more about stage combat by joining the professional training program, you should take the Academy’s Introductory Fight Class, offered monthly.
The Academy of Theatrical Combat’s First Handbook:
BASICS LEVEL 1
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For the first time the Academy of Theatrical Combat is releasing a fully detailed version of their basic training process!
This handbook is a primer for all students and teachers of Theatrical Combat. Detailed images depict basic hand to hand moves and the parry systems for Cutlass, Broadsword and Quarterstaff, along with notated drills for practicing attack and parry techniques. As a Bonus – This book also includes a Sample Theatrical Combat Curriculum for a 15 week course of study created by the sword masters of the Academy of Theatrical Combat.
– Includes over 150 photos showing precise positioning for Cutlass, Broadsword and Quarterstaff Parries and Attacks!
– Plus detailed images for the Academy’s Basic Hand to Hand techniques!
– You will also find detailed Choreography of all our Basic Level 1 Drills and Fights!
The goal of the Academy of Theatrical Combat free download is to give performers all the tools they need to feel confident in any action situation for stage, film, television, motion capture, or internet production. This includes knowing the basic theatrical combat techniques so well, they become second nature and allow actors to adapt safely and effectively to any and all situations they might face as performers.
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