Endorsed by the Joint Industries Grading Scheme and Recognised by Skillset and Industry Health & Safety.
The Warrior Masterclass is the UK’s only industry endorsed screen combat course and is designed to provide the highest level of screen combat training available.
Taught by world leading JISC Registered Stunt Co-ordinators/Performers and JISC Registered Screen Fight Arrangers the course will train you to become a competent, professional and adaptable screen combat performer.
The Warrior Masterclass is designed for those looking to enter into the screen action industry as either actors, potential/current stunt performers, supporting artists and screen combatants.
Warrior Masterclass Outline
The Warrior Masterclass is divided into four phases. Each phase is three days long and set
a minimum of approximately 6-10 weeks apart. Homework given at the end of each phase
must be practised in order to progress through the course effectively. The phases do not run
back-to-back due to the physical requirements, level of practice and content to be learned.
Completion of all four phases takes approximately 12-14 months.
Each phase has a basic standard that must be reached in order to gain the phase certificate
and progress through the course effectively and safely. The final phase, Ultimate Warrior
Phase IV is a pass or fail.
Please fill in our online booking form here
The Four Phases
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WARRIOR Phase I
Phase 1 of the Warrior Masterclass (3 consecutive days) will teach you the fundamentals of screen combat, both in theory and practice. You will learn what it takes to make a screen fight look realistic and receive intense practical screen combat training on a variety of unarmed techniques and weapon systems. You will learn various fight routines and perform them to the group in pairs. You will learn the in-depth theory and practical elements of working to camera and how to perform to camera. You will learn the art of physical screen performance and how to perform competently, safely and realistically to camera in a variety of screen combat scenarios. This phase provides grounding in the theory and practice of screen combat performance. A basic standard is expected on this phase, if this is not met, the student is given advice on what they need to improve on and can return at a later date for reassessment on a given day, in order to receive the Warrior Phase Certificate.
BATTLE Phase II
Phase II of the Warrior Masterclass (3 consecutive days) is designed to advance the techniques and theory taught and practiced in Phase 1. This phase will advance your unarmed and armed skills further by giving you various modern and ancient scenarios to perform. Many more period and new weapon systems are introduced. You will advance your skills further in how to work with a range of different partners using a variety of mixed weapon systems. You will advance your skills in the art of screen performance and how to put together and perform various screen fight routines in pairs and groups using all the techniques learned through the first two phases. You will learn to fight in various sized combat teams and larger groups, working towards what is required, both in theory and practice, to perform in multi-weapon battlefield clash scenarios and large-scale battle sequences. A required standard is expected on this phase, if this is not met, the student is given advice on what they need to improve on and can return at a later date for reassessment on a given day, in order to receive the Battle Phase Certificate.
TITAN Phase III
Phase III of the Warrior Masterclass (3 consecutive days) is designed to progress you to a higher standard in both technique and performance. New advanced unarmed and armed techniques and weapons will be introduced. You will learn how to choreograph and perform under real set scenarios and pressures, performing fights in a given style using the correct technique and realism to the period, frequent partner changes throughout routines and techniques and scenarios of fighting multiple partners and weapon systems at the same time. This phase progresses you to become a competent intermediate level screen combatant. A required standard is expected on this phase, if this is not met, the student is given advice on what they need to improve on and can return at a later date for reassessment on a given day, in order to receive the Titan Phase Certificate.
ULTIMATE WARRIOR Phase IV
Phase IV of the Warrior Masterclass (3 consecutive days) is designed to take you to the highest standard of screen combat available. You will put into practice everything you have learned throughout the previous phases and hone your theory and performance skills in readiness for the 1-day assessment tests that will be scheduled 4-6 weeks after Phase IV. Over the 3-day Phase IV period you will practice the 10 characters you have learned throughout the previous phases and learn some new advanced armed and unarmed skills.
4-6 weeks after the final phase of the Warrior Masterclass, is the 1-day assessment test. On this test day you will be required to perform 5 randomly chosen characters from the 10 you have learned throughout the phases. You will perform 4 as a pair and 1 as a larger group. You will be given various scenarios, weapons and props and all test fight routines will be choreographed by yourselves. There will also be a multiple choice written theory test based on all the theory you have been given throughout the phases. The cost for the final 1 day assessment test is £100.00.
For those wishing to take the Warrior Masterclass as the recommended training for the forthcoming screen combatant test, should you pass the final 1 day assessment test, you will be eligible to take the JISC Stunt Register Screen Combatant Test. This test is separate from the British Action Academy and is not organised through us.
Warrior Masterclass FAQs
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Q1 How do I apply?
Please fill in our online booking form here. If the course is full, we will contact you and inform you of the next available date.
We release dates for the Warrior Masterclass through our mailing list, website home page, Facebook and Twitter. So please sign up to receive dates. You can sign up by filling in our contact us form and/or signing up to our newsletter on the left hand side of every web page.
Your place on the course is not confirmed until you have completed the booking form and full payment has been made. A non-refundable deposit of £100 can be paid to hold your place and the full balance paid 10 working days prior to the course date.
Early booking on all of our courses is advisable due to popularity.
Q2 Will the Warrior Masterclass give me a recognised qualification?
The Warrior Masterclass is endorsed by the Joint Industries Grading Scheme under the Health & Safety Framework and recognised by the JISC Stunt Register Committee and Industry Health and Safety. This means the course is approved by the film and TV industry and will provide you with the an industry recognised screen combatant qualification should you successfully pass all four phases of the course.
The Warrior Masterclass is recognised by the British JISC Stunt Register, Equity and JIGs as recommended training for the new Screen Combatant Qualification for entry onto the British JISC Stunt Register. The Screen Combatant Qualification is a new addition to the fighting category of the 6 skill entry system. It does not replace the compulsory Marital Art/Fighting qualification, but is in addition, should you choose it as one of your 6 skills.
For more information about how to train for the JISC Stunt Register, please click HERE.
Q3Does the Warrior Masterclass fit into the JISC Stunt Register training programme?
The Warrior Masterclass is recognised as the recommended training for the forthcoming Screen Combatant Qualification for entry onto the British JISC Stunt Register. The Screen Combatant Qualification is currently being ratified into the 6 Skill entry system under the fighting category. It does not replace the compulsory Marital Art/Fighting qualification, but is in addition, should you choose it as one of your 6 skills.
It is important to note that the Warrior Masterclass is NOT the Screen Combatant Test but it is the recommended training structure in order to pass the Screen Combatant Test. You must successfully complete and pass all four phases of the Warrior Masterclass and the separate Stunt Register Screen Combatant Test in order for you to gain this as one of your 6 skills for the register. The Screen Combatant Test is not run or organised through the British Action Academy. You will need to contact Equity once you have completed all 4 phases of the Masterclass to attend the separate Screen Combatant Test.
For more information about how to train for the JISC Stunt Register, please click HERE.
Q4 Can I receive funding for the Warrior Masterclass?
The Warrior Masterclass screen combat course has been awarded funding through Skillset. Skillset is the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK creative industries maintain their world-class position.
To find out if you are eligible for funding, please contact Skillset directly here.
Q5 Who are your instructors and what experience do they have?
Our instructors are some of the most experienced JISC Registered Stunt Co-ordinators, Performers and Screen Fight Arrangers in the world.
All our instructors are highly experienced members of the British JISC Stunt Register. In order to become an instructor at the British Action Academy each instructor has to be an experienced member of the British JISC Stunt Register, possess a minimum of 10 years proven screen action work as a principle artist on major film and television productions and have a minumum of 50 contracted professional film and television credits.
Our instructors have worked on, designed action sequences and taught leading Hollywood actors for epics such as Star Wars, James Bond, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, Clash of the Titans, Snow White, Captain America, War Horse, Robin Hood and the Bournes to name a few.
The vast experience of our instructors will guarantee you receive the highest standard of screen action training available.
Q6 How much does the Warrior Masterclass cost?
The Warrior Masterclass currently costs £325.00 per phase. Each phase is three full days long and there are four Phases to the Warrior Masterclass. The phases can be paid for individually as you go along or all four phases can be purchased upfront. Prices quoted include VAT, refreshments, certificates, course handouts, homework sheets and media taken throughout the course.
Students with a valid NUS card can receive a 5% discount. Evidence of your NUS card must be supplied with your booking form in order for you to gain your student discount.
Q7 Is each phase compulsory?
For those training for the JISC Stunt Register and wanting to choose the new Screen Combatant Qualification as one of their 6 skills, all four phases of the Warrior Masterclass and the one day Stunt Register Screen Combatant Test are compulsory.
For all other applicants the phases are not compulsory but completion of all four is advisable in order to gain the professional recognised screen combatant qualification.
Q8 How often do the Phases run?
Phases run monthly throughout the year. Please fill in our contact form HERE to sign up and be contacted with next available course dates.
Please also check our home page, Facebook and Twitter feed for next available dates.
Q9 Where is the Warrior Masterclass held?
The location that we run the course from is based in Surrey. If you sign up to receive course dates you will be informed of the exact locations.
Q10 Can you get work opportunities by completing the Warrior Masterclass?
There are never any guarantees of work as a performer in the film and TV industry, however, the Warrior Masterclass provides the highest level of screen combat training available and because of this the course should make you much more employable if you want to enter into/progress through the screen action industry.
When you have completed the Warrior Masterclass, please advise your agent that you have successfully gained an industry recognised screen combat qualification.
The British Action Academy is not an acting/supporting artist agency. We make no money out of recommending our students for screen combat/action work through our contacts in the industry. We recommend that anyone wanting to enter the industry as a performer seeks representation, so it is definitely worth signing up to an agency. Please note we are unable to recommend agencies.
Q11 I have studied stage combat/martial arts/fighting to a high level. Do I have to start the Warrior Masterclass at the beginning?
Yes, all students must complete Phase I of the Warrior Masterclass. Screen combat is very different to other forms of combat. Our students include advanced stage combatants, experienced martial art instructors and experienced re-enactment performers, all of whom need to learn screen combat techniques in order to adapt and advance their skills to perform safely and realistically to camera.
Q12 What is a Special Action Extra?
Over the past few years the screen action industry has been changing shape and more and more people are looking to enter into a career in front of camera as either stunt performers, supporting artists, screen combatants or action actors.
One of the most significant changes is the recent employment of ‘Special Action Extras’. A Special Action Extra is a Supporting Artist who has some experience with action or combat.
Special Action Extras are not Stunt Performers and are not qualified to participate in stunt work. To become a professional, registered stunt performer in the UK you must join the JISC Stunt Register.
Special Action Extras are employed as background artists who possess a background in military, police, fire service or who have some martial art or combat background.
Prior to the launch of our Warrior Masterclass there was no industry-regulated training for Special Action Extras. The Warrior Masterclass is the only course of its kind and is designed to train those looking to enter/progress into the screen action industry as either stunt performers, actors, special action extras and supporting artists.
Q13 I don’t have any combat experience. Is this course suitable for me?
Yes absolutely. The Warrior Masterclass is designed for anyone with or without previous combat experience of any kind. The course progresses everyone from their current standard.
Q14 Are there any restrictions to me entering onto the Warrior Masterclass?
Yes. You must be over the age of 18, be relatively fit and free from any medical conditions or physical injury that may hinder your full participation in the course. The course is 90% practical, however it is designed to be achievable for most fitness levels.
If you would like more details about this please contact us via email or call.