Magister (Magistro d’Armizare)

The rank of Magister is a senior teaching rank, and represents the head of a school working independently of the tutelage of another. His role as head of a school is to continue to foster good pedagogy, create and refine curricula, research source texts and publish relevant articles to the community, transmitting l’arte dell’armizare as a living art in the interest of providing a lineage.

maestroBadge:

Bastone

Symbol:

Master of the Seven Swords

Requirements:

The Magister d’Arme must meet all the criteria of a Provost, in addition to the following additional criteria:

ACADEMIC:

The Magister of Armizare must know the corpus of manuscripts verbatim, as well as have an understanding of the underlying social and historical context of the period. This includes:

  • Knowledge of the four dei Liberi Ms, Vadi’s De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi, the fragmentary German sources of dei Liber’s work and the ability to explain what is in each, where they differ, etc.
  • Detailed knowledge of the biography of Fiore dei Liberi, his principal students, and Niccolo d’Este.
  • Detailed knowledge of the condottieri system, its origins and its role in the Italian wars of period 1350 – 1450.
  • Detailed knowledge of the “Transitional” and early “All-White” period of arms and armour.
  • Understanding of the symbology used in the dei Liberi tradition and its relationship to other metaphorical/symbolic structures of the period.

Required Reading:

WESTERN MARTIAL ARTS
The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe – Sydney Anglo

DUELS AND JUDICIAL COMBAT
Trial by Fire and Battle in Medieval German Literature – Ziegler

HISTORY
Land and Power in Late Medieval Ferrara – Trevor Dean

TECHNICAL

The candidate for Magister, in addition to all the criteria established for the previous ranks, must also meet the following requirements:

Retention of Canon:

  • Ability to be given random plays from Fiore and to demonstrate it at full speed and power;
  • Show how to conduct the same play as the attacker and/or from the other side, as relevant  and to immediately construct a drill that teaches the play, its counter, and a counter-counter.

Applied Armizare:

To demonstrate their understanding of armizare as a system, candidates will be challenged to apply the first principles and canonical corpus of armizare to new situations.

  • Ability to apply lessons on command from one weapon to another weapon in the system;
  • Present a short, prepared lesson that applies the first principles of armizare to a minor weapon (bastoncello, ghiavarina, staff) or undiscussed weapon (sword and buckler, etc) of the art/period.

QUALITY OF EXECUTION

The Candidate must be able to perform the corpus of canonical techniques of his tradition, dynamically and spontaneously, as well as extrapolating those principles and techniques to weapons outside the tradition (e.g. staff). The required skill level along the scale for this rank is “expertise”.

QUALITY OF INTERPRETATION

In addition to the requirements for Provost, the Master candidate must be able to show how the tradition fits into the wider Italian martial tradition, as well as its relationship with extant Germanic traditions of the period.

INSTRUCTIONAL

Beyond the requirements for the previous ranks, a Magister must be capable of teaching not only the full canon of the art art on foot, as well as a minimum of academic knowledge of the art on horseback, but must be able to train students to transmit the art themselves. In other words, the Magister must be able to train teachers to continue in a living tradition. The candidate must be able to teach the entire Provost curriculum, and provide technical and pedagogical support across a wide swath of disciplines as a mentor in support of a Provost’s’ academic requirements in terms of research or development of curricula. This will be specifically tested in the following ways: Submission for a written curriculum and lesson plan for:

  • a single class in abrazare, daga or spada, inclusive of class objectives, warm-up and cool-down.
  • a four – six series of interrelated classes, the topic to be approved by the advisory board, inclusive of both individual class and series objectives.
  • Teach a 3 hr group lesson to a class of six or more students.
  • Teach a 1 hr individual lesson on an intermediate or advanced topic.

Testing will be via a public examination and Prize Playing, as noted in Section II of the governing document. Academic components will be tested by written examination, and technical and instructional components via in-person, physical examination. Should the candidate successfully pass the examinations, they will be eligible to move on to the final testing stage: the Playing of the Prize. (Although not strictly necessary, it is expected that Examination and Prizing will occur on different dates.)

The Challenge for the Provost’s Prize will be played as follows:

  • Against no less than three Challengers
  • Unarmoured Combat: No less than three, 3-minute bouts at each of the following weapons: spada a dui mani, spada a un mano, lanza.
  • Armoured Combat: No less than three, 3-minute bouts at spada en arme, lanza and azza.
  • Although the dagger is not individually taught within the Prize bouts, both Prizors and Challengers will wear daggers and may transition to them as needed during  bouts.
  • Given the difficulty in arranging armoured combat, public deeds of arms may be employed to showcase such ability in lieu of formal testing.

Upon successful completion, an official teaching license is granted by the IAS to those who have successfully prized at this rank.

TESTING AND PRIZE PLAYING

Testing will be via a public examination and Prize Playing, as noted in Section II of the governing document. Testing will be conducted as follows:

  • Academic components will be tested by written examination,
  • Technical are via in-person, physical examination.
  • Group lessons may be submitted by video, consist of a seminar at a major international event, or, if the prize play is hosted by one of the member academies, the lesson may be taught to the hosting group.

Should the candidate successfully pass the examinations, they will be eligible to move on to the final testing stage: the Playing of the Prize. (Although not strictly necessary, it is expected that Examination and Prizing will occur on different dates.) The Challenge for the Magister’s Prize will be played as follows:

  • Against no less than three Challengers
  • Unarmoured Combat: No less than three, 3-minute bouts at each of the following weapons: spada a dui mani, spada a un mano, lanza.
  • Armoured Combat: No less than three, 3-minute bouts at spada en arme, lanza and azza.
  • Although the dagger is not individually taught within the Prize bouts, both Prizors and Challengers will wear daggers and may transition to them as needed during  bouts.
  • Given the difficulty in arranging armoured combat, public deeds of arms may be employed to showcase such ability in lieu of formal testing.

Upon successful completion, an official teaching license is granted by the IAS to those who have successfully prized at this rank.