Princes and Lords learn to survive with this art, in earnest and in play. But if you are fearful, then you should not learn to fence. Because a despondent heart will always be defeated, regardless of all skill.

- Fechtmeister Sigmund Ringeck, 1440

 

 Sometimes you will be as an extinguished light: do not doubt, you will soon be back. To gain the Art, not the old but the new, no effort was too great and very happy I am of having found it. I keep it secret, but as I let it go, I swear, it gives me riches and so it happens to those having this virtue.

-Fillipo Vadi, Liber de Arte Gladitoria de Dimicandi

 

 

 

 

 

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It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
– Machiavelli, 1513

 

Cymbrogi School of Western Martial Arts

 Rank Structure

 

 Our rank structure is taken directly from the Marx Brudder Tradition and follows their system of advancement.

 There are three Levels for each of the Seven Ranks listed below.

 Starting level is the base color. 2nd and 3rd Level are awarded a Red then Black stripe to indicate proficiency.

 


1. Neuling: (newling)  A New Comer or novice. 
2. Lehrling: (lurling)  Apprentice or “Learner”. 
a. Must show basic understanding of footwork, German History/terms, Timing, Distances, Three Wounders.
b. Basic understanding of Primary Guards
c. Intro to Ringen (combat wrestling)
d. Intro to Schlaggen (combat striking)
e. Must have participated in guided sparring.
3. Fechter: (Fecktur) Fighter.  
a. Participated in Full Sparring demonstrating all of the Lehrling techniques.
b. While in sparring can:  perform/display the Primary and Secondary Guards. Versed in Binding/winding.
c. Basic Unarmed/Dagger. 
d. Intermediate Ringen technique. 
e. Increased German Terms. 
f. *Purchased all necessary gear.*
4. FreiFechter: (Fry Fecktur) Free Fighter. 
a. Worked on a project to increase class understanding of WMA. 
b. Begin to help with lower level instruction. 
c. Started study with a second weapon.
d. Can perform Master Cuts in combat. 
e. Can perform the half-sword. 
f. Participated in test cutting.
5. Reisemann: (Riceman) Wanderer. Journeyman. 
a. Competed in Tournaments
b. Defend against multiple opponents. 
c. Given a class to all on a new principle of WMA. 
d. Shown proficiency with multiple weapon disciplines. 
e. Accepted by 3 Reisemann or above members of Cymbrogi.
6. Hauptman: (Hauwptmann) Captain. 
a. Instructor and Partner in the School
7. Ober Hauptman: (Obur Hauwptmann) Over Captain. 
a. Head and Founder of our School. Jeremy Pace