Summer Clash 2021 Classes

Participants take classes based on their prior stage combat experience and education. In all classes, emphasis is put on combining safety, artistic value and technique.

When registering for the workshop, you are asked to list your previous training and then you need to choose a class to participate based on that training. The workshop consists of two types of courses. There are three certification courses and four showcase courses for different levels of experiences.

* For details, see NSFS handbook or send a message to info@dramaticcombat.fi.

We are hoping to release the class schedules as soon as possible! If you have any questions regarding the requirements and whether your prior training and tests fulfill them please contact workshop staff at info@dramaticcombat.fi and we will help you out.

Showcase Courses

The Showcase Courses will finish in a showcase in front of a live audience.

The courses will follow the nine disciplines within the NSFS certification system. Beginner course trains skills in block 1 disciplines: single rapier, broadsword, and unarmed combat. Showcase 2 course focuses on two-handed block 2 weapons: quarterstaff, rapier and dagger, and sword and shield. Showcase 3 focuses on block 3 weapons with smaller target areas and stylized movement and contains knife, smallsword, and theatrical martial arts.

Some of these courses might join the corresponding certification course during the first week when they go through the basic curriculum in terms of weapon disciplines. During the second week the work continues in the direction of showcase performance when the certification course participants will focus on their tests.

Showcase invites a live audience to see all the skills learned during the workshop put into practice. Even though the participation in the showcase is voluntary it is recommended because the performance itself is a very useful training exercise and the second week of training puts a heavy focus on the showcase preparations.

The descriptions and schedules for specific courses may be found below.
Beginner Showcase – Training in Block 1 Disciplines
Showcase 2 – Training in Block 2 Disciplines
Showcase 3 – Training in Block 3 Disciplines
Advanced Course – Training in miscellaneous film and stage combat skills

Beginner Showcase

Beginner course is the start of the journey. During the course a student will learn of the basics of three block 1 disciplines.

Teachers by subject

Main Teacher:
Unarmed: To be announced soon
Rapier: To be announced soon
Broadsword: To be announced soon

Schedule

To be announced soon

Showcase 2

The Showcase 2 focuses on the three block 2 weapon disciplines which all use two hands.

Teachers by subject

Main Teacher:
Rapier and Dagger: To be announced
Quarterstaff: To be announced
Sword and Shield: To be announced

Schedule

To be announced

Showcase 3

The Showcase 3 will consist of training in the three block 3 styles and the focus is in more stylized and precise acting choices to support the weapons.

Teachers by subject

Main Teacher: To be announced
Theatrical Martial Arts: To be announced.
Smallsword: To be announced.
Knife: To be announced.

Schedule

To be announced

Advanced course

The advanced course this year will consist of training in a variety of weapons and fight performer skills specific.

The first week of the workshop will focus on the camera work and finishes in a shoot-day when we film a few short scenes based on the material learned during the week. This material and all the material filmed during the workshop will be collected into individual showreels and into a common one that will be shown at the showcase. The subjects are planned to include firearms, fencing and different martial arts combined with stunt skills.

During the second week the focus will shift into live stage work. This week will look into historical fighting styles, highly stylized stage combat and swashbuckling. The final product of the second week will be part of the showcase.

Teachers by subject

Main Teacher: to be announced
Unarmed Fighting Styles: to be announced
Fencing in Films: to be announced
Firearms in Films: to be announced
Stuntwork: to be announced
Swashbuckling: to be announced
Choreo Based on Historical Style: to be announced
Stylized Fighting Choreo: to be announced
Showcase training: to be announced.

Schedule

To be announced

Certification Courses

In this workshop there is a corresponding Certification course for every block of NSFS system. You may take part in a certification course when you have trained 15 hours (or 20 for block 1) in a weapon style, and passed all your certification tests in the previous blocks.

Every course will start recapping the basic techniques specific to the weapon disciplines. At the end of the first week the teachers will introduce a set of moves, a test choreography.

The test itself will consist of training this choreography with a partner, creating and practicing a short scene for the choreography. The final scenes are graded in terms of safety and performance potential. A “safe pass” is when the performance has all the basics of safety and coherent story-telling down. A “performance pass” is when the scene shows a higher level of stage combat techniques. See more details about the grades in the NSFS handbook.

The descriptions and schedules for specific courses may be found here:
Certification Course 1 – Block 1 Tests
Certification Course 2 – Block 2 Tests
Certification Course 3 – Block 3 Tests

If you have any questions regarding the requirements and whether your prior training and tests fulfill them, please contact workshop staff at info@dramaticcombat.fi and we will help you out.

Certification 1

The Certification 1 course is the first formal step of a student’s journey. It will finish in three NSFS certification tests in block 1 disciplines: unarmed, broadsword and rapier. Naturally a student doesn’t have to do all the tests at the same time but can test just one or two of the disciplines.

Teachers by subject

Main Teacher:
Unarmed: To be announced
Rapier: To be announced
Broadsword: To be announced

Schedule

To be announced

Certification 2

The Certification 2 will test the skills in block 2 disciplines: rapier and dagger, sword and shield, and quarterstaff. These movement styles are seen as more complex than ones in block 1 where the focus is more in a fluent use of basic language of stage combat.

Teachers by subject

Main Teacher:
Unarmed: To be announced
Rapier: To be announced
Broadsword: To be announced

Teachers by subject

To be announced

Certfication 3

The Certification 3 will focus on the disciplines of theatrical martial arts, smallsword and knife. All these styles use more stylized acting choices than the other blocks. Physical storytelling should convey feelings of danger and threat, while working with these weapons that look much less threatening than the weapons from the other blocks.

Teachers by subject

Main Teacher:
Unarmed: To be announced
Rapier: To be announced
Broadsword: To be announced

Schedule

To be announced