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.