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SAFDi Fundamental Stage Combat

SAFDi Fundamental Stage Combat

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These courses will be led by Jason McKell, with assistance from Samuel Valentine and Justin Palazzo-Orr.
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Commencing Monday November 29 (9.00 - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, with final exam on Friday December 10.)

SAFDi Fundamental Stage Combat - $550 full course fee (non-Griffith Performing Arts students)
Discounted Fee $500 (for Griffith Performing Arts students ONLY) All certifications are valid for 3 years and participants will be eligible upon successful completion of the course to advance to the specialisation level of training.
SAFDi Specialisation Stage Combat - $750 full course fee This course is open to participants who have previously complete the Fundamental course. All certifications are valid for 3 years and participants are eligible upon successful completion of the course to undergo further training or begin their journey toward becoming a fight director.

You must pay the full course fee before November 29, 2021.

ABOUT THE COURSES
SAFDi Fundamental Stage Combat The SAFDi Fundamental Stage Combat certification is an internationally recognised accreditation that has been specifically designed to equip its participants with the fundamental principles, skills and knowledge they will need, to safely and effectively perform theatrical violence moments and moments of physical risk on stage. Throughout the course you will learn and explore various martial and theatrical concepts and styles that combine to form the Fundamental certification. These concepts and styles are:
Body Control
Which explores the use of balance, structure, control of one’s own body, and the biomechanics of movement. You will also explore shared weight and balance exercises. You will develop your strength and conditioning, as well as a skill base in controlling your own and other people’s balance and structure in a safe and theatrically effective way.
Close Quarters
This includes the exploration of strikes (empty hand and close range weapons such as knives and found objects) in both a martial and theatrical context. These skills will allow you to safely use and react to these strikes and deploy stage combat concepts and principles when in close quarters. You will develop your ability to perform close quarters violence in a safe and theatrically effective way.
Mid-Range
While using a single handed sword you will explore the use of cuts, thrusts, parries, feints, and footwork in both a martial and theatrical context. You will develop an understanding of, and ability to use, a mid-range weapon and will begin to understand basic fencing terminology.
Long Range
An extension to the above units, you will explore the use of a long stick (Staff). This unit introduces you to the difficulties presented by a longer and heavier weapon and how its deployment differs to that of a mid-range weapon.
SAFDi Specialisation Stage Combat
The SAFDi Specialisation Stage Combat certifications are internationally recognised accreditations. They have been specifically designed to equip the participants with the skills and principles pertaining to specific martial arts systems, that will further deepen and refine their ability to safely and effectively perform theatrical violence moments and moments of physical risk on stage. The prerequisite for the specialisation course is successful completion of the SAFDi Fundamental certification. Throughout the course you will learn and explore various martial and theatrical concepts and styles that combine to form the various specialisation certifications. These concepts and styles are:
Advanced Body Control: Capoeria
Capoeria is a Brazilian martial art that comprises high-speed kicks and acrobatics, as well as complex and diverse groundwork and takedowns. Throughout this specialisation, you will explore balance, structure, control of one’s own body, and the biomechanics of movement. You will develop your strength and conditioning, learn a wide range of kicks and avoidances, and be introduced to the history and cultural influence of this unique martial system. Finally, as part of your assessment, you will perform a traditional Capoeria Roda in a safe and theatrically effective way.
Flexible and found weapons: Filipino Marong
Based on the martial systems of the Philippines, this specialisation will introduce you to the use of flexible and found weapons. Using the traditional Marong, you will learn, locks, takedowns, chokes, disarms and tie-ups in both a martial and theatrical context, before transferring those skills over to other flexible weapons. These weapons could be anything from a towel, shirt, pillowcase, bandana, belt, skirt or even a pair of pants. These skills will allow you to safely use, react to, and deploy stage combat concepts and principles when working with flexible weapons. Furthermore, you will continue to develop your ability to perform close quarters violence in a safe and theatrically effective way.
Spaiish Rapier and Cloak
Based on the Spanish fencing system known as ‘La Verda Destreza’ or ‘The Art of the Sword’, this specialisation will focus on teaching you how to use a bilateral weapons system (rapier and cloak). You will explore the use of cuts, thrusts, feints, and circular footwork in both a martial and theatrical context. You will further develop your understanding of, and ability to use, midrange weapons as well as refine your understanding of fencing terminology. Katana Rooted in the history of the Japanese sword art, in this specialisation you will learn the various draws of the katana and their meanings, as well as the cuts, thrusts, disarms, takedowns, guard positions and postures that make up this martial system.

All certifications are valid for 3 years and upon successful completion of the course the participants are then eligible to advance to the specialisation level of training. This course will be led by Jason McKell.

CONDITIONS:

  • Once the course has commenced, no refund will be made should you withdraw from the Combat course without a medical certificate.
  • This course is open to QCGU Performing Arts department students: (Bachelor of Acting and Bachelor of Musical Theatre) and external participants invited to undertake the course at the discretion of course leader Jason McKell.