The Grid Reloaded - Online Workshop 20th & 21st Feb 2021

Action training from the comfort of your own home. 2 days with teachers from around the globe.

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The Grid.
A digital frontier. 
We tried to picture what an online stage combat workshop should be.
What would it look like?
Wooden spoons? Spinning frying pans?
Using the lounge as a battlefield?
We kept dreaming of a digital world to hone your skills, wherever you are. 
And then, with a few clicks...  you got in.

All class descriptions can be found in the timetable below.

They are all physical activity based but can be done in your own home.

Just click the 'More Details' button for a cluster of information.

Instructors, what do they look like?
What's their background?

You can view each instructors details in each class below. Just click the 'More Information' button.

You can find a comprehensive FAQ at the bottom of this page.

If there is a question you cannot find the answer to email us at thegrid@idfight.com

Classes are £10 each.

Book 4 or more classes and  get a 10% off your total booking, making each class just £9. 

Book 6 or more classes and get 20% off your total booking, making each class just £8.

When you're ready to book click the 'Book Now' bar at the bottom of the timetable and you will be taken to our secure online booking system with Jumbula, supported by stripe payments. Any discounts will be applied automatically.

You will need to create an account to register but this is only required the first time you book with ID Fight.

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SATURDAY 20th FEB 2021

Sat 20th Feb

14:00 - 15:15 [UK]

06:00 - 07:15 [LA]

08:00 - 09:15 [Chicago]

16:00 - 17:15 [Kiev]

Creature Movement

Discover how to create creatures and characters by playing with the use of weight and breath.

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Creature Movement

INSTRUCTOR: Jake Nwogu

Creature Movement

There are stories to be told or read into whenever the body moves. Drawing from the experiences of training and then retraining in various dance styles, and creature and motion capture work in the film and games industries, this class looks at how the use of weight and breath can change the intention behind movement.

Whether you are looking to create creatures like Gollum, zombies and robots, or you are just looking to find a new way of moving, you’ll find this class changes the way you think about Movement.

Jake will bring different ideas and creatures to work on in this session to accommodate return participants.

Jake Nwogu is a Movement Specialist who trained in dance at Arts Education Secondary School London and then Central School of Ballet, and has worked in the Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-hop and Commercial dance sectors.  He has also trained in various movement-based disciplines including Stage/Screen Combat, Creature work and Motion Capture.

 

Jake has worked with various dance companies including Phoenix Dance Company, Ballet Black, Tavaziva Dance Company, 2Faced Dance Company, Robert Hylton Urban Classicism, and Rosie Kay Dance Company. His film and TV industry credits include working as a martial artist in Doctor Strange (Marvel), Monster work in Doctor Who (BBC), Armed Response Officer in Bodyguard (BBC) and the Synth ‘Kelvin’ in Humans series 3 (Channel 4), and he has recently worked on Motion Capture performances for various AAA, due out soon.

Sat 20th Feb

18:15 - 19:30 [UK]

10:15 - 11:30 [LA]

12:15 - 13:30 [Chicago]

20:15 - 21:30 [Kiev]

Vocal Extremes, Connecting Voice and Violence

Explore the vocal dynamics of a fight adding yet another dimension of performance.

Vocal Extremes, Connecting Voice and Violence

INSTRUCTOR: John McFarland

Explore the vocal dynamics of a fight adding yet another dimension of performance.

Learn to score vocals in a fight. How to determine pitch, placement, duration and rhythm of sound connected to violence.

Explore the vocal dynamics of a fight adding yet another dimension of performance.

How to scream, grunt, groan, laugh and wail safely. Students don’t require any props, but are recommended to have some water nearby.

John McFarland is a Master Teacher with The British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat as well as a Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. He has been teaching stage combat for three decades. He has taught in England, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Canada and at workshops from coast to coast in the US.

John currently teaches Stage combat, Voice and Advanced Applications of Stage and Screen Violence at Columbia College Chicago and has for the last 21 years.

Sat 20th Feb

19:45 - 21:00 [UK]

11:45 - 13:00 [LA]

13:45 - 15:00 [Chicago]

21:45 - 23:00 [Kiev]

Commedia Combat

Exploring character in a fight by taking inspiration from commedia dell’arte.

Comedia Combat

INSTRUCTOR: Sydney Schwindt

Have you ever seen a fight where the characters blend together? Where there are a bunch of unnamed henchmen fighting in the same way? Though there is a time and a place for that uniformity, in this class we are going to look at how to hold character in a fight.

We will explore body centers, vocal choices, and fighting style by gathering inspiration from the larger than life characters in commedia dell’arte. Expect to laugh, move, and see how bold character choices can effect a fight.

Sydney Schwindt is an actor, fight director, and teaching artist in the Bay Area. She currently serves as the instructor of stage combat at the American Conservatory Theatre’s graduate program and is a Resident Artist and Climate Justice Advocate with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

Fight directing credits include American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, and others. Sydney earned her BFA in Acting from The Hartt School and has trained with the San Francisco Clown Conservatory, Academia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy), the Society of American Fight Directors, British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, and Stage Combat Deutschland. 

 

SUNDAY 21st FEB 2021

Sun 21st Feb

09:30 - 10:45 [UK]

01:00 - 02:45 [LA]

03:00 - 04:45 [Chicago]

11:30 - 12:45 [Kiev]

Basic Le Canne (stick fighting)

Classic cane fighting techniques.

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basic le Cann (stick fighting)

INSTRUCTOR: Rosa Nicolas

We will look at the most basic issues of Le Canne, such as footwork, parries and attacks. Also, we will learn some patterns which allow us to practice some movements Rosa  on our own.

Rosa is a certified teacher with British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.

 

Sun 21st Feb

11:00 - 12:15 [UK]

03:00 - 04:15 [LA]

05:45 - 06:15 [Chicago]

13:00 - 14:15 [Kiev]

The Full Body Mechanic

Applying physics and biomechanics to enhance storytelling in stage combat.

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The Full Body Mechanic

INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Brown

This class brings together the tutor’s experience and interest in stage combat, gymnastics, martial arts, physics and biomechanics.

We will be exploring how we can engage the whole body in simple unarmed combat movements by applying mechanical principles such as balance, leverage and power. We will then consider how we can then employ this full body mechanic to enhance the story we tell through stage combat.

No prior experience of stage combat or mechanics is required.

Jonathan will explore different techniques and case study elements for the benefit of students who have done his class before.

Jonathan first encountered stage combat in 2012 whilst studying drama at the University of East Anglia. After graduating he moved to London where he continued his studies and became an Advanced Actor Combatant with the BASSC. Jonathan is a veteran teaching assistant on Independent Drama’s BASSC courses, and has also worked at Moving Body Arts, the University of East Anglia and the British National Stage Combat Workshop.

Outside of stage combat Jonathan achieved a brown belt in judo, was a competing gymnast during his teenage years, and is a UKCC Level 2 gymnastics coach with more than a decade of teaching experience.

Sun 21st Feb

12:45 - 14:00 [UK]

04:45 - 06:00 [LA]

06:45 - 08:00 [Chicago]

14:45 - 16:00 [Kiev]

Broadsword - Working with Weight

Explore engaging fully with the heavy weapon in your hand using breath, body awareness and physics.

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Broadsword - Working with Weight

INSTRUCTOR: Natalia Bogdanova

The class will focus on utilising body awareness, breath, and Alexander Technique fundamentals when wielding a Broadsword.

During the session we will explore ways to engage fully with the weapon, making it an extension of your own body - regardless of how heavy the sword may be, or how much muscle strengths the fighter has.

 

This class is open to all abilities, and has been developed to work with students substituting a sword for a cooking object which weighs about 3-4 pounds and has a long handle which is approximately 7 inches long. Or, in other words, a large frying pan. Students will also benefit from having a couple of long light objects, such as a wooden spoon or a rolling pin.

Natalia is a teacher trainee with the British Academy of Screen and Stage Combat. Over the last four years has been a classroom assistant at Independent Drama as well as a number of drama schools, including Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Drama Centre London, Young Actor’s Theatre and Ithica College.

 

Natalia’s teaching and assisting principle is believing that everyone has it in them to look like a warrior, and empowering students to build a healthy relationship with their own bodies.

Sun 21st Feb

14:15 - 15:30 [UK]

06:15 - 07:30 [LA]

08:15 - 09:30 [Chicago]

16:15 - 17:30 [Kiev]

Huge Benefits in Small Places

Finding ways to increase our skills and work technique while in lockdown without weapons or partners in the room.

Huge Benefits in Small Spaces

INSTRUCTOR: John McFarland

Finding ways to increase our skills and work technique while in lockdown without weapons or partners in the room.

How does footwork connect to blade work? How does technique benefit specificity of action? How can we work sensitivity for unarmed contact blows? How do we work action reaction with partners online?

Recommended props substitutions are a stick approximately 36-42 inches long (1 meter – 1.25 meter) and 17” (0.5 meter) long. Students will benefit from a prior knowledge of stage combat.

John McFarland is a Master Teacher with The British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat as well as a Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. He has been teaching stage combat for three decades.

He has taught in England, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Canada and at workshops from coast to coast in the US. John currently teaches Stage combat, Voice and Advanced Applications of Stage and Screen Violence at Columbia College Chicago and has for the last 21 years.

  • About
  • Class Descriptions
  • Instructors
  • FAQ
  • Prices
The Grid.
A digital frontier. 
We tried to picture what an online stage combat workshop should be.
What would it look like?
Wooden spoons? Spinning frying pans?
Using the lounge as a battlefield?
We kept dreaming of a digital world to hone your skills, wherever you are. 
And then, with a few clicks...  you got in.

All class descriptions can be found in the timetable below.

They are all physical activity based but can be done in your own home.

Just click the 'More Details' button for a cluster of information.

Instructors, what do they look like?
What's their background?

You can view each instructors details in each class below. Just click the 'More Information' button.

You can find a comprehensive FAQ at the bottom of this page.

If there is a question you cannot find the answer to email us at thegrid@idfight.com

Classes are £10 each.

Book 4 or more classes and  get a 10% off your total booking, making each class just £9. 

Book 6 or more classes and get 20% off your total booking, making each class just £8.

When you're ready to book click the 'Book Now' bar at the bottom of the timetable and you will be taken to our secure online booking system with Jumbula, supported by stripe payments. Any discounts will be applied automatically.

You will need to create an account to register but this is only required the first time you book with ID Fight.

You will be taken to our Jumbula page where you will need to create an account.

This is only required the first time you book with ID Fight.

FAQ

We will be using Zoom to host The Grid online weekend workshop. Zoom is a platform for live video webinars as well as other virtual meetings and chat solutions.  It is free to use, you do not need a pro account. For computers and laptops, download the Zoom Client for Meetings software.  Zoom is also available for Android via Google Play and iOS via the App Store. For more information visit the Zoom website or for troubleshooting, check out: testing audio, testing video, join a test meeting.

These classes are not certificated. We run courses accredited with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat and the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. Our ID Firearms courses are also industry recognised.  

We will resume these courses in 2021. All details will be at www.idfight.com/training

Yes. All particiants need to register separately. If you have space in your home you can share the space with another participant but each person needs to register separately as we are limiting class numbers so teachers can give more individual notes where required.

The Grid is suitable for 18+

This will vary from class to class. Please check the individual class descriptions. Unless specificially stated otherwise classes are open to all levels. 

Generally no. Some classes will require props, so for example in the spinning sword class you can use a prop sword or just a stick. 

Please check individual class descriptions which will list any required props and suitable everyday alternatives.

No, all classes are designed for individuals.

Email thegrid@idfight.com with the subject “Change My Registration” detailing what the current detail is and what you would like to change it to. Be sure to include the name you signed up with in the email to make it easy for us amend.

Our class limits are set as 12 students.

There is a waiting list for each class and should a space become available an automatic email will be sent to everyone on the list and spaces will be available on a first come first served basis.

Yes, we will record them for feedback for teaching staff. They will not be published online or available after the workshop.

Please do not record teachers’ sessions. You are free to make notes and where appropriate we will send handouts to students for certain classes.

Yes. If you have your video or speaker on. You are free to turn either off, though we recommend leaving on your video if you want personal feedback from the teacher. 

This also helps keep the class and instruction safer for you. 

Inevitably some classes will have limitations in their flexability. 

Where possible we will list classes which can be taken  chairbound and will be asking teachers to consider access and suitable adaptations.

If you have any specific things we can do to help make the class accessible for you please contact us and we can discuss with the tutors what is possible. 

If you have a carer they may assist you without having to register as a student but please ask them to email us at thegrid@idfight.com so that we can send them video waivers etc.

Just come back, we’ll let you in again. We cannot offer refunds for students with poor wi-fi connection. 

Cancelling Policy
Cancellations prior to 19th December 2020 will receive a credit note. Any cancellations after this date are not eligible for any refunds or credit notes. 

If you get disconnected during a class just re-join, we’ll let you in again. We cannot offer refunds for students with poor wi-fi connection. 

If we cancel any classes we will offer a full refund. 

We will send out individual class links on the 1st January to everyone who has booked.

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