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BASSC Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join the BASSC?

Annual membership costs £25. However, on the day of taking your first BASSC fight test you are offered your first year of membership free of charge. To Join the BASSC please follow this link!.

What do I get for my membership fee?

All BASSC members get a discount to all official BASSC workshops. You also get exclusive access to the members area of the website with a personal profile page. You will receive our regular newsletter "Fighting Talk" containing information about news and events in the world of stage combat, details of upcoming classes and workshops and news about the running of the organisation. Members are also entitled to vote and stand for office in the Executive Committee. Gold Membership, for which you pay the £25 membership fee, also allows you to upload photos, CV's and links to your own social media sites on to your personal profile page.

I'm not an actor / have no experience, can I still attend classes?

Yes you can. We welcome everyone from martial artists to fencers, directors and stage managers, and people with no connection to the entertainment industry. If you are willing to have a go and enjoy learning something new then you will be welcome! All our workshops are open to everyone regardless of experience or background. There are also regular classes that are designed for beginners - check out the Courses & Workshops section for more information.

I've got experience as a martial artist or performing in fight scenes in plays/films/re-enactment. Can I join an intermediate/advanced class or workshop?

If you wish to attend the Intermediate/Advanced Actor Combatant Workshop at the British National Stage Combat Workshop then you must have current actor combatant certification in rapier and dagger and unarmed combat with the BASSC or its equivalent with a recognised stage combat organisation eg BADC, SAFD, FDC, SAFDi etc. Please contact the BNSCW Co-ordinator before applying to discuss your previous certification if it is not with the BASSC.


Some single weapon courses and workshops run by BASSC Certified Teachers may be identified as intermediate or advanced level. Please contact the teacher of the class to check on what experience or qualification you will be expected to have before you can participate in an intermediate/advanced class.

What weapons can I learn?

Students can be tested in nine weapons: rapier and dagger, unarmed combat, swashbuckling single rapier, rapier and cloak, smallsword, broadsword, sword and shield, quarterstaff and knife. However, other weapons and physical disciplines may be taught at weekend workshops. If you are attending classes at the BNSCW and have no previous experience you will learn Rapier & Dagger and Unarmed Combat for your Actor/Combatant Fight Performance Test.

Where can I find information about classes/workshops?

Information about workshops and classes is listed in the Courses & Workshops section of the website and is also published in the BASSC members' newsletter "Fighting Talk", or you can check out the BASSC Facebook page.  For other queries please contact us!

Is there a minimum age limit for attending workshops run by the BASSC?

Students aged 14- 18 can take part in classes leading to a Junior Grade Award in single rapier and unarmed combat.  A week-long JGA workshop is held as part of the British National Stage Combat Workshop each summer.  Students under 18 are not accepted on to weekend workshops or the actor/combatant workshops at the BNSCW without written parental approval.

How can I become a stage combat teacher?

The BASSC runs a Teacher Training Programme (TTP) every three years which runs for one academic year and concludes with the Teacher Certification Workshop (TCW).   The next TTP will commence in September 2017.   The entry requirements include:



  • Proof of Actor/Combatant status in the BASSC - ie a pass in both Rapier & Dagger and Unarmed Combat and current membership of the BASSC. 



  • Proof of Advanced Actor/Combatant status in the BASSC ie, passes in at least 5 weapons including Rapier & Dagger and Unarmed at Distinction.

  • Documentation showing that the applicant has passed all BASSC recognised weapons/movement disciplines: Rapier & Dagger, Sword & Shield, Broadsword, Unarmed Combat, Smallsword, Rapier and Cloak, Quarterstaff, Single Rapier and Knife. 

  • Proof of current Emergency First Aid at Work or equivalent certification. 

  • References by two BASSC teachers and also a professional reference

  • An enhanced CRB certificate will be required which will be arranged by the BASSC.

  • Candidates must pass all the requirements of the Teacher Training Programme to enter the TCW.

  • Candidates may exit the TCW with a Pass, Pass with Probation or Not Pass.

  • Candidates must have proof of membership of the BASSC for at least 3 years in order to become Certified Teachers

How can I become a fight director?

The BASSC supports the Equity Fight Director's Register.  Equity has a training program in place to assess all new Fight Director candidates.   One of the initial steps is to gain an Advanced level qualification from a stage combat training provider such as the BASSC.   This document will give you more information on becoming a Fight Director or please contact Equity.

How can I become a stunt person?

For an overview of the Entry Requirements to the Joint Industry Stunt Register read this.  For the full JISC Rules 2006 click here.

How can I find a teacher for a workshop?

Look here for Certified Teachers or look here for Master Teachers.  Please email the teacher you want to contact in the first instance and provide a phone number and contact email address so that they can respond to you.  Please also give as much information as possible about the workshop: location, dates, times, numbers of students and ages if under 18.


Alternatively you can fill out this form and we will contact the teachers for you.

How can I find a fight director for my production?

The BASSC supports the Equity Fight Directors Register (EFDR) and therefore does not have an organisational status of Fight Director. We are an organisation focused on the training of competent actor/combatants and only "certify" Fight Directors under the auspices, and at the request of, the Equity Fight Directors Register. However, many of the BASSC members are also members of the EFDR or are training to become such.


BASSC members who are also members of the Equity Fight Directors Register can be found here or you can fill out this form and we will contact fight directors for you.  Please give us a phone number and contact email address so that they can contact you directly.   Also, please give as much information as possible about the nature of the production (whether its an amateur, fringe or non-Equity contract show) and fight, rehearsal dates and location so that we can contact the most appropriate people for you.

Where can I buy/hire weapons for a production?

There are many companies both here in the UK and abroad that hire / produce stage combat weapons. If you want to know where we get ours from then please contact us for further information.