After 6 months or so of training unranked students will be eligible for the rank of neuling (novice/newcomer). At this point they will have demonstrated a genuine desire to learn the principles of the style; theyknow the principal cuts and guards of the Meyer system, and be able to perform fundamentals such as footwork competently. This level introduces tactical concepts such as the stages of the exchange, and the ideas of Vor and Nach. The student will know all of the secondary guards, and understand many of the secondary cuts. The Neuling I student will also understand important handworks including several deceptions (failing, flowing-off, and flitting), as well as cutting around from the bind.
The techniques required for this level can be found in the Table of Techniques for Grading.