Fechter I

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By the time the student is ready for the level of Fechter they should have already demonstrated good form when performing techniques in a slower and more controlled manner. For Fechter 1, however, they should be performing techniques with more intent without sacrificing control.

For the Fechter I grading students should demonstrate the techniques in protective equipment (at least using gloves and a mask), first performing the technique slowly, then at high speed.

The Fechter I level includes all principal cuts and guards, as well as the full range of secondary cuts and handworks. This level also includes self-study elements of two key devices from the system. Additional dagger applications round out the syllabus for this level.


Previous Levels

The fencer should be able to demonstrate the techniques from the previous levels:

Meyer's Devices/Plays

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  • Application 5 - Thrust Umbschnappen
  • Application 6 - Thrust Ablauffen


Demonstrate the master cuts using their advanced movements and proper mechanics.

  • Zornhauw Defeats High Cuts
  • Krumphauw Breaks Ochs
  • Schielhauw Defeats Breaks/Langort
  • Oberhauw/Schietelhauw Breaks Alber
  • Zwerch Breaks Tag


Students should be able to dynamically describe/demonstrate the following handworks:

Fencing Free-play

The students shall demonstrate their ability to fence using the principles from Meyer's system in the following conditions:

  • Fight a 2 minute bout at slow speed showing control and flow
  • Fight a 2 minute bout at high speed using fechtschule rules
  • Fight a 2 minute bout at high speed using tournament rules
  • Referee a 2 minute bout between peers

Wrestling & Dagger

All techniques should show control and cooperation between participants - injuries are not what we're looking for.


Dagger Guards


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