The 2014 Schola Saint George Symposium was held from August 9-11th and was a great success.
The SSG DFW Branch hosted the symposium this year and it was a great event with members travelling from across the country to attend. Through some hard work from a DFW member Daniel Torpey, we secured world class facilities at SMU in Dallas.
There were a number of great classes this year. Classes on pollaxe, sword in one hand (basic guards and plays), sword in one hand (guards from a non Fiore system), abrazare (grappling), the zogho stretto with the spada a dui mani, and drill progression with Fiore's Masters of Battle.
There were academic classes on Late Medieval Chivalric Culture and Flow in Fiore's L'Arte d' Arimizare. We aslo had an invited guest that presented a class on How the Samurai Prepared for Battle.
The event was capped of with a Chivalric Tournament. Eric Weiss of the DFW Branch being acknowledged as the exemplar of the field.
Once again thanks to the DFW Branch for a great symposium.
Hope to see everyone at next years symposium.
The 2013 Symposium went well we had a modest group of around 27 people for Saturday and Sunday. We had participation from the DFW and Charleston Groups as well as local groups - Swords of Cobb, Decatur School of Arms, and the Atlanta Freifechter. Also there were a number of individuals that travelled from out of state as well. Lots of good classes - single sword, zhogo stretto for the spada a dui mani, Meyer's cuts, poleaxe, rapier, application to stage combat, and much other informal training.
The tournament was well fought with 25 competetors; Bryan Johnson (SSG Atlanta), Keith Cotter Reily (Atlanta Freifechter), McKenzie Adlai Ewing (Atlanta Freifechter), and Glen Slate (SSG Atlanta) taking home awards.
Look forward to seeing everyone again.
The 2013 SSG Symposium is being hosted by our Atlanta chapter in Douglasville, Ga November 23-25. It will be held at Deerlick Park in Douglasville, Ga, a suburb of Atlanta. Events at the symposium will include a tournament with longsword, spada and spear, lanza as well as three days of classes on a plethora of subjects in the medieval and renaissance martial arts. Please check the Schola Saint George FB page and our forum on this site for any up to the minute changes to the weekends' events.
A tentative schedule can be seen below. (click th emore button)
The Schola Saint George is a non-profit school of "chivalric" martial arts dedicated to promoting study of Hisrotical European Martial Arts / Western Martial Arts historical fighting systems through research, training, and competition.
We study surviving fighting treatises. These books of fighting techniques--dating from as early as 1300--are a virtual treasure trove of medieval and Renaissance techniques written by masters who systematized their knowledge and recorded it. Our members study these books, working to recreate the historical fighting systems. These systems are then practiced as modern martial arts.
We have created a proven core curriculum based on the works of Fiore dei Liberi, a superbly efficient Italian meistro active at the end of the fourteenth and into the early fifteenth centuries.
SSG Charleston (August 2014): SSG Charleston conducted testing for Compagno and Scolaro Minore. Jeremy Bennett from Charleston passed the Compagno test. James Tuten, Seth Ferrell, Daniel McLaurin, and Sean Gruber tested and passed the Scolaro Minore test. Marshall Strong and Zach Springer from the newly forming Savannah Georgia study group tested and passed the Compagno test. Everyone presented strongly at their tests. A hearty "Well done" to all.
SSG Atlanta (August 2014): Congratulations to Darren Foley on his testing for Scolaro Maggiore. He did an outstanding job demonstrating a firm understanding of the zogho stretto. He teaches the Elephante class for the Atlanta group as well as working on the sword in one hand. Great job Darren!
SSG Atlanta (July 2014): Congratulations to Ashley Stapleton for passing her test to Compagno. Ashley presented a great test, easily demonstrating core requirements. Well done Ashley!
SSG Atlanta (June 2014): Congratualations to Jack Ellis on passing his Compagno test with flying colors. We look forward to seeing great things from Jack. Well done.
SSG Little Rock (June 2014): Congratulations to the newest froup of Compagnos, Jose M. Vilahomat, David Teague, Peter Hiegel, Zach Walloch, and Corey McBain. After a hiatus the Lrttle Rock group is roaring back. Great job by all.
SSG Charleston (May 2014): Congratulations to our new group of Compagnos, Sean Gruber, Daniel McLaurin, James Tutten, Seth Farrell, and Ethan "Moose" Beard.
SSG Honolulu (Feb 2014): Congratulations to Pace Hammer for passing his test for Compagno.
SSG Honolulu (Jan 2014): Congratulations to Scot, Sam, and Kate for passing their Compagno tests. Great Job!!
SSG Atlanta & Swords of Cobb-Marietta (23-25 Nov 2013): SSG Atlanta hosted the annual Schola symposium this year and there were a number of advancements. Firstly we would like to congratulate Celeste Watts-Will formerly of the Atlanta branch and now co-instructor of Swords of Cobb (an affiliated school in Marietta Ga) for her fine performance and advancement to Scholaro. We look forward to watching Celeste progress in the art. Lastly we would like to announce the promotion of Bryan Johnson, the founder of the Atlanta Branch and senior instructor; to Scholaro Libero. He has demonstrated a deep understanding of the Fiorean art and as well as the ability to teach across the entire system. Bryan is currently working on adding to the Schola's training curricula. Congratulations to both.
SSG Charleston - We are proud to welcome new Compagnos Sean Gruber, Daniel McLaurin, and Ryan Senn. All displayed great understanding of the base SSG material in as presented in the SiTH and passed with flying colors.
SSG Atlanta (Nov. 2, 2013) Study Group Leader Darren Foley passed his test for Scholaro with flying colors. Darren has been running the beginners class and generally doing all sorts of admin work for the Atlanta Branch for the past year. Good job and congratulations Darren!!
SSG Atlanta (Oct. 19, 2013) Steve Berger passed his test for Scholaro Minore with flying colors. Great job!!
SSG Honolulu (Oct. 1, 2013) James Day did a fine job passing his Compagno test!
SSG Boston (June 15, 2013) Nick DePasquale and Nelly showed their knowledge and passed their Compagno tests! Vivant!
SSG Atlanta (April 27, 2013) Emma Kong and Steve Burger passed their Compagno test! Saweet!
SSG Honolulu ( March 12, 2013) Colin Chock, Virgil Nartatez, Russell Henson, and Wade Okumura successfully passed their Compagno tests.
SSG Atlanta (Feb 23, 2013) Congratuations to Neal Fraley on becoming the newest Compagno of the SSG. He passed his tests for advancement with flying colors. His enthusiasm for the material serves him well. We are looking forward to working with him towards the next level. Good job.
SSG Atlanta (Feb 2, 2013) Congratuations to Chris and David Morrison, father and son. They passed their tests for advancement to Scolaro Minore. Both are very well grounded in the Elephante and Scholaro plays and have made a great start on sparring integration. They should develop into a great asset to the Schola and the Atlanta Branch. Well done
SSG Atlanta (Dec 8) Congratuations to Darren Foley for his advancement to Scolaro Minore. Darren displayed a firm understanding of the Elephante and Scholaro plays as well as the underlying principals of Fiore's Arte de Arimazare. He has also recently taken to teaching the basic class for the SSG Atlanta Branch.
SSG Boston (Oct 18) Congratulations as well to Noah Goldmanfor his long awaited Scolaro Maggiore test. Noah has a firm knowledge of the stretto, and now has some new Scolari to practice it on! (Oct 6). Congratulations to Jasen Boyle, Sean Delaney and Daniel Barronon their successful Scolari Tests. They all showed good form in fighting and strong analysis as well. In addition, Jasen Boyle has been recognized as an Istruttore of the Schola for his teaching and curriculum development. Vivant!
SSG DFW (July 12). Congratulations to Paul Bismette and Stephen Lane both turned in exceptional Compagno Tests. Please congratulate both for their fine work.
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