On Playing the Prize

Let it Be Known to All that Profess the Study of Arms, sickness
that the Chicago Swordplay Guild does Challenge All Men and Women of Good Character and Keep Blade to Inaugurate the New Year in a Competition of Arms

WHAT
In conjunction with the Midwest Historical Fencing League and Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts the Midwinter Armizare Open is a public display of skill with one and two-handed swords in a relatively rules-light format meant to emphasize the tactical priorities of fighting with sharp weapons in lethal combat.

WHERE & WHEN
Date : Saturday, overweight
21 Jan 2017
Location: Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts, here
4437 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Schedule:
11:30 – Sign In
12:00 – Introduction: Rules and Demo
12:30 – Sword in One Hand
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Longsword
5:30 – Awards
6:30 – After Event Party

HOW: Tournament Rules and Equipment Requirements can be found midwinter-steel.

Let it Be Known to All that Profess the Study of Arms, sickness
that the Chicago Swordplay Guild does Challenge All Men and Women of Good Character and Keep Blade to Inaugurate the New Year in a Competition of Arms

WHAT
In conjunction with the Midwest Historical Fencing League and Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts the Midwinter Armizare Open is a public display of skill with one and two-handed swords in a relatively rules-light format meant to emphasize the tactical priorities of fighting with sharp weapons in lethal combat.

WHERE & WHEN
Date : Saturday, overweight
21 Jan 2017
Location: Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts, here
4437 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Schedule:
11:30 – Sign In
12:00 – Introduction: Rules and Demo
12:30 – Sword in One Hand
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Longsword
5:30 – Awards
6:30 – After Event Party

HOW: Tournament Rules and Equipment Requirements can be found midwinter-steel.

Let it Be Known to All that Profess the Study of Arms, dentist
that the Chicago Swordplay Guild does Challenge All Men and Women of Good Character and Keep Blade to Inaugurate the New Year in a Competition of Arms

WHAT
In conjunction with the Midwest Historical Fencing League and Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts the Midwinter Armizare Open is a public display of skill with one and two-handed swords in a relatively rules-light format meant to emphasize the tactical priorities of fighting with sharp weapons in lethal combat.

WHERE & WHEN
Date : Saturday, approved
21 Jan 2017
Location: Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts, 4437 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Schedule:
11:30 – Sign In
12:00 – Introduction: Rules and Demo
12:30 – Sword in One Hand
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Longsword
5:30 – Awards
6:30 – After Event Party

HOW: Tournament Rules and Equipment Requirements can be found midwinter-steel.

JOINING: Registration is $50. Register online through the Forteza website.

Let it Be Known to All that Profess the Study of Arms, sickness
that the Chicago Swordplay Guild does Challenge All Men and Women of Good Character and Keep Blade to Inaugurate the New Year in a Competition of Arms

WHAT
In conjunction with the Midwest Historical Fencing League and Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts the Midwinter Armizare Open is a public display of skill with one and two-handed swords in a relatively rules-light format meant to emphasize the tactical priorities of fighting with sharp weapons in lethal combat.

WHERE & WHEN
Date : Saturday, overweight
21 Jan 2017
Location: Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts, here
4437 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Schedule:
11:30 – Sign In
12:00 – Introduction: Rules and Demo
12:30 – Sword in One Hand
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Longsword
5:30 – Awards
6:30 – After Event Party

HOW: Tournament Rules and Equipment Requirements can be found midwinter-steel.

Let it Be Known to All that Profess the Study of Arms, dentist
that the Chicago Swordplay Guild does Challenge All Men and Women of Good Character and Keep Blade to Inaugurate the New Year in a Competition of Arms

WHAT
In conjunction with the Midwest Historical Fencing League and Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts the Midwinter Armizare Open is a public display of skill with one and two-handed swords in a relatively rules-light format meant to emphasize the tactical priorities of fighting with sharp weapons in lethal combat.

WHERE & WHEN
Date : Saturday, approved
21 Jan 2017
Location: Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts, 4437 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Schedule:
11:30 – Sign In
12:00 – Introduction: Rules and Demo
12:30 – Sword in One Hand
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Longsword
5:30 – Awards
6:30 – After Event Party

HOW: Tournament Rules and Equipment Requirements can be found midwinter-steel.

JOINING: Registration is $50. Register online through the Forteza website.

Let it Be Known to All that Profess the Study of Arms, stomach
that the Chicago Swordplay Guild does Challenge All Men and Women of Good Character and Keep Blade to Inaugurate the New Year in a Competition of Arms

WHAT
In conjunction with the Midwest Historical Fencing League and Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts the Midwinter Armizare Open is a public display of skill with one and two-handed swords in a relatively rules-light format meant to emphasize the tactical priorities of fighting with sharp weapons in lethal combat.

WHERE & WHEN
Date : Saturday, drugs
21 Jan 2017
Location: Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts, sale 4437 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Schedule:
11:30 – Sign In
12:00 – Introduction: Rules and Demo
12:30 – Sword in One Hand
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Longsword
5:30 – Awards
6:30 – After Event Party

HOW: Tournament Rules and Equipment Requirements can be found midwinter-steel.

JOINING: Registration is $50. Register online through the Forteza website.

Get Started Today

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, stomach 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 January 9, 2017, Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 (for 6 weeks) and Saturday January 7, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM (12 weeks)

Cost: $125.00

Register Now!

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

Register Now!

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!

Get Started Today

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, stomach 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 January 9, 2017, Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 (for 6 weeks) and Saturday January 7, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM (12 weeks)

Cost: $125.00

Register Now!

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

Register Now!

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!

Get Started Today

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, page
athletic shoes, price
a water-bottle and enthusiasm. Choose the class(es) that appeal to you, mind
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 November 7, 2016, Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 (for 6 weeks) and Saturday January 7, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM (12 weeks)

Cost: $125.00

Register Now!

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 November 7, 2016, Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 (for 6 weeks) and Saturday January 7, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM (12 weeks)

Cost: $125.00

Register Now!

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!
This past weekend, impotent the Guild held a scholar’s prize in both longsword and rapier. We are pleased to admit Andrew White, Vlad Hintaut and Robert Salud as new Scholars. You can see their bouts here.

(Video courtesy of Evan Laney)

A right of passage in the Guild, we are often asked what a Prize is and how it works. Free Scholar, Jesse Kulla provides a great, insider’s look at how the CSG uses Prize-Playing.