Ranks are marked by
colored bands beneath the shoulder patch.
Testing occurs on individual occasions as determined by the Head
Instructor. Members wishing to test can do so only if the Head
Instructor offers to perform the testing. If a member wishes for
a testing, the candidate cannot bring the request to the Head
Instructor's attention, but must instead convince a member in
good standing of at least the rank he/she wishes to test for
(and at least the 2nd rank) to act as a sponsor on his/her
behalf. This sponsor is also responsible for making sure the
candidate is adequately prepared for the rank testing.
When the testing occurs, all actions requiring 2 people will be
performed by the candidate and her/his sponsor. The Head
Instructor (the tester) will direct the actions and observe so
as to score the candidate. The candidate should not be penalized
for mistakes made by the sponsor; instead, the Head Instructor
should ask them to repeat the action.
Each rank confers upon the fencer a set of permissions to
accompany their new rank.
Historical Weapons Ranking