MeritsMerit badges for competitive, academic and pedagogical achievements.
The Red laurel is handed out to a student who has placed in a top three position in a local tournament, but not a beginner’s tournament.
Must have documented five clean historical techniques performed in a tournament setting.
The Silver laurel may be worn by a student who has placed top three in an international tournament, not a club tournament or primarily local/regional tournament.
Must have performed five documented basic techniques and five documented advanced techniques in a tournament setting.
The Gold laurel may only be worn by persons who have distinguished themselves over a long period of time, a minimum of six years. The Gold laurel is handed out for exceptional achievements to the international competitive elite. To qualify, the fencer must continuously win international tournaments with high technical skill.
The Red Feather is awarded those who have written an article or published or presented original research, interpretations or similar.
The Silver Feather is granted an academic who has continuously presented in-depth research, interpretations, translations or similar over a period of at least six years. The test consists of a defence of selected academic work and questions regarding relevant adjacent work.
The Golden Feather is awarded for a lifetime achievement. The test consists of a presentation and defence of a selected subject.
The Red Crown is handed out to Journeymen who have been assisting instructors for a period of at least six months. The test is performed through a reviewed lesson of a student.
The Silver Crown may be worn by a Journeyman instructor who has taught classes independently for at least six years, and who has taught workshops internationally. The test is performed through a reviewed lesson of a student. It is required that the instructor trained merited students consistently.
The Golden Crown may be worn by senior instructors who have developed teaching methods, distinguished themselves as teachers, taught internationally over a long period of time, have been instructors for at least 12 years and who have produced high-level students. The Golden Crown is primarily awarded Master Journeymen.