Four-Week FightingFit! Boot Camp or Six-Week Introductory Swordplay Course at Forteza Fitness (Up to 53% Off)


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In a Nutshell

Learn the basics of swordplay blended with 19th-century physical culture, including the use of calisthenics and therapeutic gymnastics

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Must be 16 or older. New clients only. Must sign waiver. Classes must be used by same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $35 for a four-week FightingFit! boot camp (a $75 value)
  • $60 for a six-week Taste of the Renaissance or Taste of the Knightly Arts introductory course (a $125 value)

During the FightingFit! boot camp, instructors tone bodies four times per week with atypical fitness classes designed around the principals of sword fighting. Sessions combine aerobic and anaerobic exercises drawn from the movements required to swing around a sword.

Alternatively, introductory courses delve into the ancient Western fighting arts, meeting twice per week for six weeks. Instructors aim to familiarize students with weapons and swordplay theory from two vastly different chapters in European history. The Chicago Swordplay Guild requires that students attend one or both of these workshops before continuing their education in medieval or Renaissance swordsmanship.

Forteza Fitness

In most museums, you can’t touch the exhibits. But at Forteza Fitness—a fitness center celebrating the exercise arts of the 19th century and medieval swordplay—visitors can grab hold of antique equipment and work up a serious sweat. Forteza Fitness' 5,000-square-foot facility boasts artifacts of 19th-century physical culture, including Indian clubs and medicine balls, as well as tools designed for calisthenics and gymnastics. Boot camps make use of this equipment during basic swordplay training, which effectively combines aerobic and anaerobic exercises into one regimen.

Outside of fitness classes, instructors indoctrinate beginners in the basics of Renaissance and medieval swordplay, teaching techniques penned by masters on dueling and the knightly arts. Instructors also train students in the MBC self-defense system, which draws techniques from sword fighting and other martial arts and applies them to modern weapons. The method teaches students how to fight with a stick and how to defend themselves against a knife, in case they’re accosted on the street without a broadsword.


100% of 38 customers

  • “Very welcoming and safe environment to learn something new and quite interesting. ”

  • “The instructors are very good at what they do. Its a a great place to learn. ”

  • “Forteza was awesome. After my first class I cannot wait to go to eleven more. The people are super nice and the facility is fun and laid back. ”

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    Chicago, Illinois 60640


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