Students who have completed the requirements for their current rank need to demonstrate their skills before moving to the next rank.
Rank Skills Demonstrations take place at Open Fight Nights every other Friday from 8-10 pm. Please register in advance.
Ottawa Swordplay Ranks
We have developed these ranks based on the historical texts for our modern day students. Each rank develops the skills that students will need to progress. Descriptions coming soon.
Rank 0: Novice
Novice students will be introduced to the basic techniques of the German Longsword. The Longsword is the central weapon in Liechtenauer’s art. It was a sword intended to be used with two hands. Our Longsword classes focus on blossfechten, or unarmoured combat, based on the 1452 von Danzig Fechtbuch (Fight Book or Manuscript).
Rank 1: Schranckhut
Students in the Schranckhut classes will develop the novice Longsword techniques and will be introduced to new techniques of the Longsword. In addition, they will learn dagger and ringen (wrestling) techniques, these are based on the additional material in the 1452 von Danzig Fechtbuch. Students will also participate in our fitness program, designed to reduce the risk of strain and develop strength for swordplay.
Rank 2: Eisenpfort
Students in the Eisenpfort classes will expand their understanding of the Novice techniques, develop the Schranckhut techniques, and will be introduced to the Eisenpfort techniques. In addition, they will learn they will learn Grossemesser (Big Knife) techniques for the single-handed sword, based on the late 15th century Lecküchner Fechtbücher.
Rank 3: Eber
Students in the Eber classes will consolidate the Novice techniques, expand their understanding of the Schranckhut techniques, develop the Eisenpfort techniques, and be introduced to the Eber techniques. In addition, students will also learn rapier and/or sword and buckler techniques. Rapier techniques for the single-handed sword are based on Joachim Meyer’s 1570 Fechtbuch. The sword and buckler techniques are based on Andreas Lignitzer’s material in the 1452 von Danzig Fechtbuch. Eber students will sometimes assist in instruction of junior students.
Rank 4: Stier
Students in the Stier classes will learn mastery of the Novice techniques, consolidate the Schranckhut techniques, expand the Eber techniques, develop the Eisenpfort techniques, and be introduced to the Stier techniques. In addition, they will learn hafted weapons techniques (eg. spear, pollaxe) based on the material in the von Danzig Fechtbuch and the 15th century Gladiatoria group of Fechtbücher. Stier students will have opportunities to assist in instruction of junior students.
*Note: We currently do not offer classes above the Stier Rank. As our students progress, we will offer higher level classes.
Rank 5: Luginslant
Students in the Luginslant classes will learn mastery of the Schranckhut techniques, consolidate the Eber techniques, expand the Eisenpfort techniques, and develop the Stier techniques.
Rank 6: Sprechfenster
Students in the Sprechfenster classes will learn mastery of the Eisenpfort techniques, consolidate the Eber techniques, and expand the Stier techniques.
Rank 7: TBD
Students in the 7th rank will learn mastery of the Eber techniques, and consolidate the Stier techniques.
Rank 8: Langenort
Students of the Langenort rank must demonstrate mastery of all of the techniques.