The SSG has two kinds of groups, plus resources for independent scholars.
BRANCHES have at least 10 paid members, an a certified SSG Instructor.
STUDY GROUPS have at least 3 paid members, and do not require an instructor.
Each branch and study group may choose for itself the kinds of simulators it prefers, structure of the practices, and what kinds of competitions they engage in. However, all groups share a common curriculum, anchored in the works of Fiore dei Liberi.
Many groups develop close relationships with local "sword" communities, exercising themselves in arms through the larger group. The American Combat League (ACL), the Society for Creative Anchronism (SCA), Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) all provide good additional places to test and improve our interpretations. We don't have the "one true way" a la Fiore, but we do feel our interpretation is solid.
Membership, which supports our insurance, web site maintenance, and other very low operating expenses (all Board members and staff are unpaid volunteers, is $35/yr. No one may spar before becoming a paid member and signing a waiver.
Branches and study groups may also have a small fee. Some groups work with a local community center, which gathers class fees directly. Details are included in each group's page.
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SSG Atlanta (GA)
Est. in 2005 by SSG President Bryan Johnson. In Atlanta, we have a true mix of cstudents and combatants. Many of our companions compete in the HEMA tournaments in the Southeast, and we have a lot of contact with groups like Atlanta Freifechter, SSG Charleston and the Savannah Study Group.
SSG Montgomery/Central Alabama
Established in early 2019, SSG Montgomery is oriented towards "chivalric" feats of arms. In the fall, SSG Montgomery took part in the re-establishment of the Company of Saint George, with a passage at arms, now our annual tournament, held in October. We have a great span of experience, from practically ancient to novice. Come join in the fun!
Springfield has a unique blend - an incipient student group on the campus of Evangel University, which introduces the arte d'armizare through unarmoured play, and an off-campus group that fights in harness and pursues chivalric deeds of arms as part of the Company of Saint George.
INCIPIENT: Orlando, FL
Alex Cooley has begun bringing together a group based on his many years' SCA and rebated steel experience. Coming in 2022!