Over its long history, the Chicago Swordplay Guild has acquired an extensive pictorial history of photos and videos, chronicling our evolution. The following pages will give you a look into some of the best from our archives.
Most images posted prior to April 2010 can be found on the Guild’s Flickr account.
In addition, the Guild maintains an extensive gallery of video playlists on its YouTube page.
Note: All images and video contained in the CSG Gallery are the property of the Chicago Swordplay Guild. While visitors may download items for personal use, they may not be used for reproduction or commercial purposes without express permission of the Chicago Swordplay Guild.
The links and embedded videos found here are a short sampling of what the Guild teaches and how we teach it. As with any martial arts training footage, it is for informational purposes and neither the Chicago Swordplay Guild nor its instructors assume responsibility for those using it to train.
Unarmed Combat: Combative Striking and Adapting for Size Difference
A playlist of seminar footage from the 2014 Guild Family Gathering, detailing two different classes: adapting principles of modern combatives training to striking and bridging distance in abrazare, taught by Guild Free Scholar Keith Jennings, and “Big Man-Little Man, or Size Matters” by Treyson Ptak.
Use of the Two-Handed Sword at Wide Play
A playlist of videos of seminar footage from the 2014 Guild Family Gathering, taught by Gregory Mele, Dean of the Chicago Swordplay Guild.
“Spada a Cavallo: Mounted Swordsmanship and its Relevance to Fighting on Foot”
A pair of videos of seminar footage from the 2014 Guild Family Gathering, taught by Douglas Wagner, Dean of the Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild.
Walking in the Guards (Dall’Aggochie)
Using the Stramazzone
Keeping the Sword-Side Forward
Bolognese Sidesword/Sword & Buckler Seminar in St. Louis
Seminar footage from Spring 2015 taught for the St. Louis School of Arms.
Seminar footage from Fall 2015 taught for the St. Louis School of Arms.
Bolognese Polearm Combat: From Poleaxe to Halberd
Seminar footage from a class taught at the 2013 Western Martial Arts Workshop by Guildmaster Gregory Mele.