Our curriculum is based upon the principle of 'Core skills', allowing specific sensorimotor information to be applied to multiple contexts.

A curriculum is a guided path towards proficiency. Identifying what proficiency was, historically, was the most difficult part, but once we established the kinds of attributes we wished to support with the curriculum, then organising the course material to work towards that goal was far easier. Our 'investiture' structure has been outlined elsewhere, so here we shall take a look at what is taught at each level, as well as the skills which are expected. Progression through the structure is based strictly upon proficiency, and therefore the kinds of time limitations or minimal time course study is not used. When a student is ready to learn more, they are taught more.

The format is highly iterative, meaning that foundational skills are perpetually practiced and modified to apply to different weapons and contexts.

The curriculum given here is far from comprehensive and has been sanitised for public distribution. We will be commissioning videos of these techniques in due course.

 

TIRO (module 1)

 

The Tiro rank has 2 modules.

This module is for building physical strength and a wide range of skills.

We call this Module 'Rudimentals', which originates from the Latin term rudis, a reference to the wooden sword used by novices for practicing martial arts. We begin with the most reduced form of martial art, which is Wrestling (Luctatio).

Theoretical components

The history of Chivalry

The Code of Chivalry

The Orders of Chivalry

The Myth of Hercules

What HMA is, and what it does

Introduction to the historical accounts

Practical components

The 2 stances

The 5 steps

The 5 types of wrestling

Quinquertium (AHTS): Javelin, Swimming, Running, Jumping, weight-lifting and throwing etc.

Getting into holds

Applying the 5 primary techniques from holds

TIRO (module 2)

 

This module is called 'Monomachia', and is for further building physical strength and a wide range of skills. We explore and expand our expertise of wrestling (luctatio), as well as focussing upon the important skills of timing, application of strength and relativity of motion which will be used later when we move towards using weapons. We also begin studying percussive action, in the form of boxing (pugnatus).

Theoretical components

Principia 1: Timing (Pre, Intus, Post)

Principia 2: Biomechanics (DDP: Weak, Middle weak, Middle strong, Strong)

Principia 3: Resistance (Hard/firm (firmior); Soft/flexible (imbellior, infirmior))

The purpose of action

The functions of wrestling

Practical components

The 4 types of motion

Application of the 4 types of motion

Practice of resistance and yielding

The 30 historical wrestling techniques

The five blows

Practice on the kōrykos (κώρυκος, lit: "leather sack")

Competition / Sparring

LUSOR (module 1)

 

The rank of Lusor means 'Scholar', and we are now beginning to study weaponry.

There are three modules designed to lay the groundwork for all other weapons.

1) Bidextrous (both hands weapons),

2) Dextrous (single - lit: right handed - weapons),

3) Ambidextrous (using both hands as if they were right hands, i.e. both at the same time)

The first module is for weapons using both hands (bidextrous weapons) which begins with the Two-hand sword. There are two skillsets within this rank which are 'Long sword' and 'Short sword'.

Theoretical components

The poem of the two-hand sword

The fightlore of Martin Siber

The tales of Sir Galahad, Sir Gawain and Sir Lancelot

The immortal heros of Ancient Greece

The fightlore of Johannes Liechtenauer

Medieval law and Duelling

The Liechtenauer zettel

The five words

Risk & Control principles - why Liechtenauer is different

Practical components

The Take ups

The Laying downs

The Setting downs

The 4 primary blows

The 4 primary stabs

The 4 primary wards

The 30 supplimentary skills

The 4 guards of the Short sword

Techniques from each of the 4 guards

4 attacks

Monomachia (fixed and free sparring)

The 12 hauptstueke

Moral components

Geoffrey de Charney

Peter Lombard

Lullism

Introduction to the works of Thomas Aquinas

The works of Aristotle

LUSOR (module 2)

 

The second module is for weapons using one hand (dextrous weapons) which begins with the dussack, progresses to Messer as well as using wrestling with the dagger.

Theoretical components

Applying the Principia to the dussack

The fightlore of Hans Leckuchner

The tales of King Arthur

Practical components

The Take ups

The Laying downs

The 4 blows

The 4 stabs

The 7 wards

The 20 simple skills

Modifying the Dussack techniques to the Messer

Modifying the Messer techniques to the Dagger

Moral components

The Proverbs

The gospels

The gospel of St. Thomas

The works of Aristotle

LUSOR (module 3)

 

The third module is for weapons using two hand as if they were single-handed (ambidextrous weapons) which begins with the Sword & Buckler.

Theoretical components

Applying the Principia to the Sword & Buckler

The historical sources for Sword & Buckler

Practical components

The 4 blows

The 4 stabs

The 7 wards

The 20 simple skills

Moral components

The Proverbs

The gospels

The gospel of St. Thomas

The works of Aristotle

LICENTIATUS (module 1)

 

The first module is for stick and articulated weapons.

Theoretical components

Applying the Principia to the single stick

Modifying the Two-hand Long sword techniques to the Long and quarterstaff

Modifying the Two-hand Short sword techniques to the Short staff

Modifying the Single sword techniques to the Short stick

Modifying the Long staff for the long-staff threshall

Modifying the short staff for the threshall

Experimenting with the polearms (bill-hook, halberd, partisan & glaive)

Practical components

The 4 blows

The 4 stabs

The 7 wards

The 20 simple skills

Moral components

Recommended reading materials

 

LICENTIATUS (module 2)

 

The second module is for heavy bludgeon weapons.

Theoretical components

Applying the Principia to the warhammer and battle-ax

Modifying the Long and quarterstaff to use for warhammer

Practical components

The 4 blows

The 4 stabs

The 7 wards

The 20 simple skills

Moral components

Recommended reading materials

 

There are 3 further modules for the Licenciatus rank, in which horsemanship, hawking and archery are all included. At the rank of Licentiatus (Grade 1) the student is entitled to set up their own Chapter of Chivalry and have the title of Lanista. This curriculum is protected under the copyright of New Chivalry.

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