Like Asian martial arts, Western martial arts had various ranks, which were obtained by a formal grading process. We follow a ranking system based on that used by the London based Company of Masters of the Science of Defence, consisting of “Scholar” (a junior but competent student), “Free Scholar” (senior student) and “Provost” (the lowest teaching rank). Additionally, the Masters of Defence had the ranks of “Master” and “Ancient Master,” but we don’t feel comfortable declaring ourselves to be “Masters,” and none of us is yet old enough to be an “Ancient Master.”

Stoccata students are given the opportunty to gain these ranks by means of a “Prize Fight,” that is a public demonstration of their skill at arms in various weapons.