ACADEMY OF ARMS RANKING SYSTEM
This ranking system was inspired by a 16th century guild known as the London Masters of Defence. The system is designed to promote our core principles of mentorship, outreach, values (the Knightly Virtues), execution and scholarship. Click on each rank to find the requirements:
Oral and technical tests are administered in privacy by the Instructor. But Pas d’Armes (formal, regulated combats) are witnessed by all students. Some Pas d’Armes and mentoring requirements may be modified if appropriate partners are unavailable.
A current free play certification must be held if a student wishes to engage in regulated combat. No free play of any kind is allowed unless both participants have in their possession a current certification for the weapons being used. Note: all certifications expire after one year, but will be renewed at the discretion of the Instructor if the student has remained in practice. The certification status of all students will be posted online so they can be independently verified.