On top of that I was co-ordinating the BASSC Teacher Training Programme. This takes the best part of a year and is not for the faint-hearted. The standards are high and I’m delighted that we now have two new Certified Teachers and another two finishing off their training.
So, with to-ing and fro-ing to London at weekends the Stage Fight Scotland semi-intensive workshops became impossible but, I’m back!
I ran a sword and shield semi-intensive in October as a certification course but with a definite focus on the differences for Fighting for Film from stage work. Mostly aimed at supporting artists wanting to acquire action skills for film work, they discovered just how much there was to learn and how hard it is to acquire those skills but, pain aside, everyone passed their fight performance test and the plan for 2019 is to run another. The question is: Broadsword or Sword and Shield? There will also be the long-awaited unarmed FPT course which I’ve been promising for a while. These are scheduled for March and April and details will go up on the website and Facebook Page shortly.
Just after Christmas I’ll be off to Banff, Alberta next to the Rocky Mountains to teach at the Paddy Crean Workshop. I attended as a student two years ago and was delighted to be invited back to teach. There’s a huge variety of classes from teachers working in performance, stunts, martial arts and Historical European Martial Arts. So much to learn from these amazing teachers.
In the New Year, I’ll be back in my regular slot as combat coach at Acting Coach Scotland drama studio in Glasgow introducing the 2019 intake to the joys of fighting on stage and then we’ll see what else 2019 has in store. I hope to see you in class sometime.