IMPORTANT: As of 11/8/2020, Schola is NOT ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS. This is due to the new covid-19 restrictions that are going into effect in Anchorage. We hope that the threat will lessen soon and we will be able to accept new students again. Stay safe and thank you for your understanding!
Schola Saint George is an international school of Chivalric martial arts dedicated to recreating the European fighting style of the master Fiore die Liberi, who taught in the early 15th century in Northern Italy.
We study Fiore's historic manuals as well as drawing on experience from other martial traditions. The instructor has experience in Judo, Aikido, fencing, and a variety other martial arts as well as Fiore's "Arte de Armizare," and lessons from all these arts are incorporated into Schola lessons.
In addition to fighting with weapons (sword, dagger, spear) our group is actively developing a self-defense module based on the principles taught in the Schola's armed combat curriculum. The module focuses on teaching how principles taught with the sword apply equally well to unarmed combat, including grappling, takedowns, and strikes.
We currently only teach adults (children in their upper teens may be considered with parental consent) but applicants of all ages are welcome. You do not have to be a star athlete nor have prior fighting experience to join our group and we are very beginner-friendly. (That said, if you happen to be a master swordsman already, come on by we'd love to spar with you ;) )
Classes are taught by a female instructor and most of our regular students thus far have been women (though men are very welcome to join as well!). My personal philosophy of teaching is that instruction should start out as light as you are comfortable with, and as you gain comfort in fighting you will naturally want more intense training. If you are new to fighting, the Schola will start out teaching at your current comfort level, and train you to become a bold and confident fighter, ramping up to as intense of fights as you will find anywhere!
If you have any interest in fighting, this is a group for you!