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 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 (March 2015): My Apologies in the delay in posting this. In March we had a great Saturday gathering of the Savannah group and the Charleston Branch. It was a delightful day of testing and sparring. Under the tutelage of Group Leader Marshall Strong, the Savannah Group is really coming along. Marshall Strong and Zachary Springer both successfully demonstrated their knowledge of the Zhago Largo and were awarded the rank of Scolaro Minore. Mark McGrath, Mark Walden, Ray Phipps and Nathan Wetzstein all from Savannah, passed their Compagno tests. Well done Savannah group and Marshall Strong.
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.
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