Montgomery, AL area Study Group

est. Nov. 2018

During COVID, we have started classes focused on social distance, working mainly outside with longer distance weapons, such as spear. 

Recently we've run some FaceBook ads which have brought in a bevy of new students--both men and women, including a pair of MMA instructors who are looking to set up a group/school in Auburn. 

Practice times are Sundays, 10:30-12:30, conveniently before the SCA practice in Millbrook, which runs starting at 2pm! They are held in Wetumpka, where we have the workshop, Dr. Price's library, and indoor/outdoor facilities.

SSG Montgomery is truly "application agnostic," meaning that we welcome those who want to improve their study of the late medieval sword and the affiliated weapons, whether they play in HEMA, the SCA, ACL, or other groups that practice feats of arms. We will sponsor at least one medieval-style feat of arms per year!

Here is the series of introductory videos for the group:

Video intro #1, SSG Montgomery-Wetumpka intro 

Video intro #2, applications, equipment & arms / armour


Newcomers are encouraged to come - no equipment required to start - we have ample loaner gear for the first few weeks.  


Beginners start with lightweight "poly" trainers; sparring is done with light or medium-weight trainers, progressing to rebated steel as armour and other gear is acquired. 

Medieval shoes recommended to start (to get the footwork right); gardening-type or swordsmans' gloves, comfortable clothing. 

Recommend acquisition of a padded gambeson, HEMA-style mask or helmet, and gauntlets or modern hand protection for sparring. 

We really want to move everyone towards authentic gear, even for practice. 


Before sparring, students must become members of the SSG, Inc., which is $35/year. 

$10/week tuition/floor fees



SSG core curriculum - sword in two hands, for beginners and experienced combatants alike. 

300 N. Bridge Street
Wetumpka, AL 36092
Sundays, 10:30-12:30
Core Curriculum
SSG Core Beginner

TBD - temp suspended


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