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Joining the Chicago Swordplay Guild is as simple as signing-up for one or more of the introductory courses we teach in conjunction with Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts. No previous experience is expected and no equipment is required besides comfortable training clothes, athletic shoes, a water-bottle and enthusiasm. Choose the class(es) that appeal to you, check the schedule to see when they begin and come on down!

Taste of the Renaissance

In this introduction to our Renaissance Swordsmanship program, you will learn the fundamentals of wielding the rapier, the deadly dueling sword of the courtier and swashbuckler. Grants access to our on-going Renaissance Swordsmanship program.

Schedule:  Our next session begins on April 1, 2017, Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 (for 6 weeks) and Saturday April 3, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM (12 weeks)

Cost: $125.00

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Taste of the Knightly Arts

Our introduction to Armizare, the martial art of the medieval knight, will teach you to wield the powerful, yet surprisingly elegant, two-handed longsword. Grants access to our on-going Armizare program.

Schedule:  Our next session begins on April 1, 2017, Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 (for 6 weeks) and Saturday April 3, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM (12 weeks)

Cost: $125.00

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Come Visit!

Guests are always welcome to come visit us at our home studio, Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts,  4437 N. Ravenswood (just north of the corner of Ravenswood and Montrose) to observe a class, talk to our instructors and just get a feel for what we have to offer. We look forward to meeting you!

The Chicago Swordplay Guild (CSG) provides organized instruction in the serious study and practice of historical European swordplay and close quarter combat of the 14th – 17th centuries. Founded in 1999, the Guild is a modern school of swordsmanship and martial arts that seeks to be consistent with the methodology of the ancient European fencing schools by combining scholarship and research into the teachings of the historical Masters at Arms with the practical knowledge gained through solo drills,  partnered exercises, test-cutting with sharp weapons, fencing with specially-designed, blunt weapons and wrestling.

We do not train in a modern sport or theatrical display; techniques are taught in reference to how they were used in real combat. Therefore, the Guild practices with an absolute emphasis on safety, control, competence, and skill at arms.

You can find out a great deal more about the martial arts we study under the Tradition, an overview of our Curriculum, and where to find us under Classes. We welcome visitors interested in training or learning more about European swordsmanship, just be sure to contact us first, to let us know that you would like to observe a class and we’ll arrange a date.

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