Introductory Class Sign Up

Thank you for your interest in the Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild, and in attending our introductory classes. There is a lot of interest in our Introductory Classes and, as such, we do have a waiting list. The next Introductory Course is is subject to instructor availability, but we try to run classes in each quarter of the year. If you are on the waiting list, you will be notified as soon as we schedule the next one.

The Introductory class consists of twelve weekly classes that provide the student with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of medieval and renaissance swordplay, and prepares the student to explore the wider martial system. The introductory series is a prerequisite for joining the Guild’s regular classes.

The curriculum focuses on late Medieval and Renaissance material, including grappling, dagger, and sword work. The bulk of the novice curriculum focuses on the sword in two hands, and connects to the rest of the material. There is an emphasis on general fitness training, and studying the historical context in which the manuals and material are found.

Both men and women are invited to participate, and all fitness levels are welcome. It is required that students disclose any health conditions that may interfere with or affect your ability to participate and sign a health and safety waver. We currently limit participation to those 16 and up, and unless you are 18 or older a parent needs to co-sign our waivers.

The club has a close and fond connection to the martial aspect of the art and this is not focused on reenactment. The club tries to maintain a friendly, collaborative and safe environment in class, but also trains hard. As with any martial art, it is impossible to eliminate all inherent risks associated with the practice. That said, prior martial arts experience is not required and many students come with none at all. All necessary protective equipment is provided for each Introductory class student.

The current fee for the series is $200 per student, but that is re-evaluated before each Introductory class. If you have further questions please contact us at dean@rmsguild.com.

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