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Joining the Chicago Swordplay Guild is as simple as signing-up for one or more of the introductory courses. Classes are held at our gym, Forteza Fitness & Martial Arts. No previous experience is expected and no equipment is required. Just wear comfortable training clothes, athletic shoes, and bring a water-bottle.


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. Successful completion grants access to our on-going Renaissance Swordsmanship program.

Schedule:  Our next Weekday session begins on April 8, 2019, Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 (for 6 weeks).

The Weekend sessions are on Saturday from 10:00 – 11:30 AM (12 weeks), and classes will begin April 6, 2019.


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. Successful completion grants access to our on-going Armizare program.

Schedule:  Our next weekday session begins on April 9, 2019 Tuesday & Thursday from 6:00 – 7:30 (for 6 weeks).

The Weekend sessions are on Saturday from 10:00 – 11:30 AM (12 weeks), and classes will begin April 6, 2019.

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Come Visit!

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