Combative Arts & Theatrical Violence  w/ Kyle Rowling 

A full day intensive for professional actors with the Director of The Action Acting Academy. 

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Course Overview

There is no doubt that the ‘action genre’ is stronger than ever these days. As such, quality training in ‘Combative Arts & Theatrical Violence’ should not be considered “something you might get around to”, but rather a staple part of your acting training. Not only are fight scenes some of the most exhilarating and fulfilling days you can spend on a set, but they also contain inherent dangers. Dangers which, for the most part, can be avoided with the right training and knowledge.

But effective and believable fight scenes take a lot of work, and most importantly the actor needs to feel comfortable in that role to make it look good and be safe. But the training offered by the AAA isn’t purely about fighting, from our perspective, “Every character is a warrior of some kind, you just have to work out; what is their weapon, and what are they fighting for?” The skills learnt in this course will have a direct correlation to all performance, combative or not.

Course Outline

The Action Acting Academy offers the highest quality of training in Theatrical Violence and Combative Arts in Australia. During this course you will receive knowledge and skills in:
– Actors in Action: Your moral and legal rights regarding Safety
– Prohibited Weapons: What the law says and what that means to you
– Story & Character analysis for Fight work
– Stage & Screen Combative Arts basics, including: Striking, Defense, Grappling, Falls & Takedowns,
and maybe a little weapon work if time permits.

Course Outcomes

Firstly, this course will empower you with the knowledge of what is and IS NOT safe, and to be able to stand up for your rights regarding your safety, and that of your co-stars. There are many things to consider when it comes to Theatrical Violence, and it is still the most abused part of our industry, people will always get a proper Costume Designer or Lighting Technician, but think that anyone can choreograph a sword fight. This is not so, and you should not allow your safety, or the quality of your performance to be jeopardised in such a way.
This course will also expose you to a far greater understanding of your physical self and how the slightest physical details are used more effectively to express character and story.
But most of all, you will learn that every single one of you has inside what it takes to be an absolute Bad Ass!!! Do you want to ‘kick start’ your career into ‘Action Heroism’? Then today is the day!

Session Details

When: 1 x Sunday 

Dates: Sunday 18th Nov, 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm.

Venue: 18 City Rd, Chippendale, NSW 2008

Cost: $110.00

Participants: 12-14 Maximum

Session Details


About Kyle Rowling  

Kyle is an Australian actor and Fight Master, with high-level specialist screen combat techniques. He has studied acting and martial arts since 1978 and is one of the world’s most respected Stage Combat Instructors and Fight Directors.

Kyle has worked in film, television and theatre productions as both an actor and Fight Director. He was the Assistant Sword Master for Star Wars: Episode’s 2 & 3, and during that time his duties included training actors including Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christiansen, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee. He was also Christopher Lee’s fight double for both films as well as the movement and fight double for the General Grievous character, among others including playing a Jedi Knight named Joclad Danva. 

In addition, Kyle was Eric Bana’s personal weapon’s trainer for Troy, and the edged weapon’s specialist for Wanted, where he was responsible for training James McEvoy, whilst also doubling the ‘Butcher’ character for his fight scenes. Most recently Kyle was the Fight Director for the Australian feature film Infini.

As an actor, Kyle has worked for many independent theatre companies in Sydney and overseas, including several times for Sydney Theatre Company. He is one of the founding directors of the Sydney Shakespeare company Bard on the Beach. He has performed on Australian television in shows such as Janet King, and also starred in the first episode of the Starz production Spartacus: Blood & Sand.

In 2014 Kyle spent seven months in Wales, UK, as the Assistant Stunt Coordinator on the Starz production’s final season of Da Vinci’s Demons, once again his primary duties were choreographing the sword and fists fights for the show, training the actors and doubling several actors for their fight scenes, as well as assisting Stunt Coordinator Nick Gillard in all aspects including, high falls and full body burns. He has also worked with the cast of Circe Du Soliel’s ‘KA’.

Kyle is a seasoned actor, director and certified Fight Master with a very specialized and extensive skill set with decades of on-set experience.

Apply For The Course

Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. to or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If accepted we shall send out an application form with all the course information. Notification for acceptance will be made no later than one week before course commencement.

If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course. For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address.

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