MEMAG offers Martial Arts training and demonstrations to the public in the form of regular classes, private classes, distance learning, group seminars, and special event demonstrations.
Regular classes follow a curriculum which has been designed over the course of five years of research and testing. New students begin at the Lehrling Level with a 1-2 year long course on Unarmored Fencing with the Longsword on Foot according to the teachings of the 14th century German Grandmaster, Johannes Liechtenauer. These classes are 2-hours long, and include lectures, solo-drills, partner-drills, bouting, and test-cutting. Within one month of joining a class each student is required to own a complete MEMAG uniform to be worn in class.
After one year each student is required to own approved head/face protection, body protection, gloves and a blunt steel sword. Students first learn the history of the Art and the importance of Chivalric Virtues, and then move on to basic concepts such as stance, footwork, gripping the weapon, attacking, and core tactics. After having been recognized as competent with these subjects, students begin practicing set-plays with partners in order to internalize a multitude of techniques and the fundamental principles behind them. As students work through these techniques and become familiar with them, more and more of an element of randomness is introduced, teaching students to perform correctly even in unpredictable situations. Eventually students engage in free-fencing or bouting, which simulates actual combat in a strenuous yet safe manner. After having been experienced in all manner of tactics, techniques and bouting, students are given the option to be tested in order to advance in rank within the club, so that they can pursue the next level of training with additional weapons.
After at least one year of training, and upon completion of the Lehrling Syllabus, students are given the opportunity to test for the level of Geselle. The student will be charged for each attempt he makes at passing this test. Upon completion of this test, the student will move onto the Geselle level of training. This level consists of 2-hour long classes in the disciplines of Ringen, Messer, Bauern Stangen, Stangen, and Langenschwert.
After at least three years of training, owning an approved trainer in each studied discipline and a sharp steel longsword, and completing all required syllabi, students are given the opportunity to test for the level of Vorfechter. The student will be charged for each attempt he makes at passing this test. Upon completion of this test, the student will move onto the Vorfechter level of training. This level consists of 2-hour long classes in the disciplines of Dolch, Sichel, Ringen, Schwert und Buckeller, Rappier, Messer, Sense, Flegel, Bauern Stangen, and Langenschwert.
After at least six years of training, completion of all required syllabi, owning an approved trainer in each studied discipline, and further training in five selected disciplines, students are given the opportunity to test for the level of Meister. The student will be charged for each attempt he makes at passing this test. One who has attained the rank of Meister will enter a probationary period of one year, at the end of which he will be critiqued by his peers. During this time he must further progress in his studies and continue to contribute to MEMAG and the HEMA community. If his peers find that he has met their standards he is granted the rank of full Meister and his probation ends. If he does not meet his peers' standards then he enters another probationary period of one year and the process repeats.
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Private classes may or may not follow the official MEMAG curriculum, depending on the wishes of the client. These classes are a minimum of one hour in length, and may focus on one or more subjects and/or disciplines. Those who participate in private classes pay more per hour than regular class students for customized training. However, they cannot advance in rank without taking all required tests found in the official MEMAG curriculum.
Special Event Demonstrations are held upon request, and can focus on a particular discipline or subject, or can be a survey of the entire system. Demonstrations can range anywhere from 15 minutes to 3-hours. Demonstration observers are presented lectures and physical exhibitions by MEMAG instructors following the individual lesson plan for the event. Topic, location, travel, provided equipment, instructor lodgings, food/drink, and other details are arranged on an individual basis with the seminarís organizer.
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