Guild Organisation and Structure

Guild Organisation

To faciltate training and and standards across the Guild, itis divided in to Chapters and Study Groups


Guild Master - The Head of the Guild

When Founding the Guild it was decided that that there should be one head of the whole organisation. To maintain standards and for  final arbitrationof matters relating to the Guild. As the Philosophy and approach behind the Guild stemed from John Waller, he agreed to take on that role. Wheil warry of titles, especially those with negative connections such as Master, as Head f the Guild he wuld be the Guild Master. The title Master in the Guild has no implication of Mastery in the skills but rather in the role as head of something.

While John Waller would not be directly involved in the running and teaching in the Guild. That would fall to Jonathan Waller and Steve Tappin, co-founders. They would be Senior Teachers 

Senior Teacher




The Guild is primarily divided in to Chapters, each headed by a Chapter Master who is answereable to the corperationb of the Guild, for the Chapter.

The Chapter should be able to provide a signifcant part of the Guilds  Syllabus within its training.

However not everyone has access to a Chapter in their areas and if they cant gain access to fuller Guild training the Guild may offer the opertunity to run a Study Group to allow, people to work within the Guilds structure under supervision while they develop their skills


  • Chapter Master
  • More of the Syllabus
  • Greater Indepedance
  • Deeper knowledge 

Study Group


  • Group Leader
  • Smaller range of Syllabus
  • Supervised by Guild
  • Smaller knowledge

The  Principles serve as the foundation for all we do

Guild Philosophy

Guild Philosophy

To understand how people of the past fought, whether we are looking at specific sources or developing the possibilities of how weapons may have been used we need to consider a number of factors

In John Wallers philosophy to his approach, which can be summed up in the phrase he used,

“If it could have happened, how would it have happened?”

It is believed that there are certain factors that can be held to determine the way in which a combat takes place. They are:


Human Physiology.

The ways the human body can move, and function are both many and limited. The interaction between human physiology and the other factors will indicate who and why the body is used in the way that is indicative to the style, period weapon or culture

Human Psychology

Human conflict is determined by various needs, the type and application of the violence will be determined in part by those needs, also the responses to acting violence on others or how one responds to that violence or the threat of it will determine responses in the individual and the group

Weapons/Tools used

The design of the weapons being used or improvised or the lack of weapons, will obviously alter the aspects of the combat. Any weapon is intended to increase the range an attack can be affective at and/or the effect that the attack will have

The clothing/protection worn

The more vulnerable someone feels will have an affect on the confidence on the combatant. Clothing offers protection from the environment; it will also affect mobility. More so when one is considering any sort of armour. The trade off in this circumstance is the greater the protection that the armour offers come at the expense of mobility, making it harder to move, restricting movement or making it more tiring to move

Physical Environment

Any combat occurs in a place. That place will affect the ability of people to move. Choosing the ground on which a combat will take place has always been one of the most important skills of any commander. Understanding the effects of the environment, and making sure you obtain the advantages

Social Environment

Humans are social primates. Our interactions in those social groups or between groups are the driving force of conflict, and ultimately the physical aspects that develop to satisfy them.

Each group or culture has an attitude toward these aspects of violence and conflict, and these will manifest in the types of violence found, supported, the tools used in the violence and a multitude of other factors.

The Intention of the combatants

What are the goals of those involved in the combat, duelling is different from sport and is different from surviving on a battlefield or skirmish that surviving a violent assault or attempted murder? These intentions will fit within the necessities of the combat but also the social factors. Adhering to these or working outside or against them can all play a part in altering or determining the actions carried out.


The system is based on certain principles, which are held to govern movement in general and combat specifically.  Many are borne out in current and surviving martial skills around the world and by our understanding of the skills and arts of the past.  These Principles are held to have dictated some many or all aspects of the combat styles of the past, whether implicitly or explicitly

The Principles

At the core of the Guilds teaching, are the principles. The principles should apply to every situation. The Guild members believe these govern movement in general and combat specifically. Some will be self-evident, others will become apparent through practice and repetition. An understanding of these principles should allow the combatant to create his or her particular solution to any problem or combat situation.



The design of the human body will dictate the ways in which it is able to move most easily. The position of the body at any particular time will determine the way in which the weapon is used.

The correct application of the principles should ensure that the combatant would be able to exploit the best possible options offered by body mechanics.



This means that the combatant's eyes are focused on those of their opponent from the beginning to the end of the fight, simultaneously making use of their peripheral vision to take in the greatest range of visual information from the surrounding area.



Once we make eye contact our main principle, then balance is held to be vital, for without it all other principles cannot be applied. Whether attacking or defending balance is imperative if the student is to keep control of their body and their weapon.



The intention is the level of power behind each strike, which dictates its intended depth of penetration. Also the corresponding level of energy used in defence. The level of intention should be modified during training in the interests of safety.



Closely associated with intention and based on the application of good balance, this is the ability to ensure that movement is executed in a way that allows the practitioner to achieve the desired result, with safety in training and the required power in reality.



To make all movements only with the energy that will achieve the desired result.



The ability to move offensively or defensively is vital and is dependent on correct centred balance.



Are all based on the application of all of the principles, though balance is vital.



At the beginning of a combat, distance will vary depending on the type of weapon used. Distance is a determining factor as to the types of attack and defence that can be made.



To make the correct use of the weapon's design in the most advantageous way in any given situation whether in attack or defence. All parts of a weapon can be used in attack or defence.



The ability to create power when needed to all actions relies on the correct application of most of the

other Principles.


The Concepts



  • a theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behavior




    a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning.


    a general scientific theorem or law that has numerous special applications across a wide field.

    If it could have happened how would it have happened

    -John Waller, Guild Master 

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