The Lochac Royal Guild of Defence offers fighters the chance to develop and improve their own period combat by encouraging them to explore the period combat literature and applying this to their own combat.
The Guild holds public displays of period combat, Guild Prizes, in which participants strive to demonstrate to examiners they are worthy of a higher rank in the Guild, from Free Scholar through Journeyman and Provost to Guildmaster. They are there to display their skill not to win bouts. Participants frequently strive to their uttermost during their prize to achieve the standard and the prize, so you will see period fencing at its best. Participants can use any SCA recognized combat convention to demonstrate their period combat knowledge and skill.