Historical European fencing schools included four ranks: scholar, free scholar, provost, and master, each reflecting a specific point in the study of arms. Students accepted by the school’s master became scholars. A free scholar was a senior student whose had mastered the basics and was working on advanced techniques. Provosts were advanced scholars licensed to teach under the supervision of the the master. The master was the guy in charge and, like the other ranks, he had to pass written and physical tests to be awarded that rank and the priviledge of starting his own school that came with it.

Internal ranks are currently under revision.

 

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