Hunters Stage Combat
Stage Combat, HEMA & Fun For All
"Knowledge will give you power, but character, respect"
- Bruce Lee
What we do?
Located in East London, Hunters Stage Combat is a dynamic club that provides training in both Stage Combat and HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts). With big dreams of expanding our reach, we are dedicated to offering practical and valuable skills to actors and performers of all ages and backgrounds.
Our mission is to provide individuals with new opportunities and help them enter the Arts industry by offering a variety of pathways they may not have considered before. We believe that by providing access to key tools, such as showreels and fight reels, we can help performers enhance their craft and open up new avenues for success.
In addition, we regularly create job opportunities for our team of actors and fight performers, giving them the chance to showcase their talents and build their careers.
Our HEMA club is designed for fitness enthusiasts and sports lovers who are looking to participate in competitions, while also providing a safe space for individuals to come together, make new friends, and create art.
At Hunters Stage Combat, we strive to create a club that people are proud to be a part of, whether they are looking to learn something new, keep fit, or socialize with like-minded individuals. We welcome both beginners and seasoned professionals and aim to foster a community that is inclusive, supportive, and inspiring. Join us today and become a part of the Hunters Stage Combat family!
Welcome to Hunters Stage Combat
Stage combat classes
Welcome to Hunters Stage Combat
Stage Combat, also known as fight craft or fight choreography, is a specialized technique in theatre that allows performers to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to themselves or their scene partners. Originally developed for live stage plays, it has since expanded to include operatic and ballet productions, as well as filmed fighting sequences in cinema and television.
Often associated with the practice of stunts, Stage Combat is a highly disciplined skill that requires dedication, practice, and determination to master. Actors who specialize in this field are typically trained in dance, gymnastics, or martial arts and use their expertise to create thrilling fight scenes that engage and captivate audiences.
Beyond its practical applications, Stage Combat is also a valuable tool for helping performers understand their bodies and focus their minds. By mastering the intricacies of fight choreography, actors develop a heightened sense of physical control and emotional awareness that can enhance their craft and elevate their performances.
At its core, Stage Combat is a celebration of the artistry and athleticism that goes into creating memorable stage and screen moments. Whether you are an actor looking to expand your skill set or an audience member eager to be swept up in the excitement of a well-choreographed fight scene, Stage Combat is a vital component of the theatrical experience.
(Historical European Martial Arts)
HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) is a discipline focused on reconstructing and studying the martial arts of Europe from the Late Middle Ages through the early modern period. While there is limited surviving documentation of the martial arts of classical antiquity, such as Greek wrestling or gladiatorial combat, dedicated technical treatises or martial arts manuals began to appear in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and continued into the modern period.
The German and Italian schools of fencing flourished in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance (14th to 16th centuries), followed by Spanish, French, English, and Scottish schools of fencing in the modern period (17th and 18th centuries). HEMA practitioners study these treatises and reconstruct the techniques and principles of these historical martial arts, using replica weapons and protective gear.
In a wider sense, HEMA may also include arts of the 19th century such as classical fencing and early hybrid styles like Bartitsu, as well as traditional or folkloristic styles attested in the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as forms of folk wrestling and traditional stick-fighting methods.
HEMA is a fascinating and challenging discipline that requires careful study, dedication, and a passion for history and martial arts. By exploring the techniques and strategies of Europe's past, HEMA practitioners gain a deeper appreciation of the art and science of combat, as well as a richer understanding of the cultural and historical context in which these martial arts developed.
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done”
- Bruce Lee
Looking to learn new skills and have fun on a Sunday? Come join our group classes at Hunters Stage Combat! Our two-hour sessions cover Stage Combat and HEMA, suitable for people of all levels and experience. With a warm-up to get you ready, we'll then dive into different combat systems and weapons, so you can learn new techniques and improve your skills.
12:00 PM for Stage Combat
2:15 PM for HEMA
Halley House School 52-58 Arcola Street London E8 2DJ
£20 per class (£12.50 for Pack Members)
Don't worry, you'll get to take breaks during class so you can catch your breath and recharge. Come join us and learn something new!
Looking to take your skills to the next level? Consider our private one-on-one sessions at Hunters Stage Combat! Whether you want to focus on a particular weapon system, improve your fitness and confidence, or just prefer a more personalized approach, our private classes are a great option.
You can choose to focus on either HEMA, Stage Combat, or even an hour of each. And, we can hold the class at our local club, or we can come to you if you have a garden, an open space, or a nearby park.
Our private classes last two hours and are priced at £25 per session. But, if you're a Pack Member, you can get them for just £15. Take the first step towards your personal development and sign up for a private class today!
Becoming a Pack Member is an esteemed honor that reflects your dedication to your training. As a Pack Member, you receive exclusive benefits, including discounts on all lessons, access to join our fight crew for Stage Combat, and discounted rates for our trusted retailers when participating in our HEMA Club. Additionally, you enjoy fixed prices for the entire year of your subscription, discounts when hiring our staff or equipment for your projects, and priority booking when space is limited. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your training experience. Subscribe now for just £100 per year!