Student evaluation

The Tempus Fugitives do not stand on titles, coloured belts or seniority. Instead, we look for dedication and aptitude. If someone comes to a class every week and shows steady improvement through focus and home study, then they will qualify for the progressive classes much more quickly than someone who may also attend regularly, but who does not make the same investment in time and effort.

Certifications are not designed to be hard to achieve, and we want to help you to advance through these levels as quickly as you can, without pushing you beyond your comfort zone. Learning cannot be rushed, and people learn in different ways, so it is not a bad thing if some people take longer than others. The instructors will invest as much work into your progress as you are willing to invest yourself.

The levels of certification on offer to students are:

  • Intermediate

Reaching the intermediate level requires an understanding of basic terminology, of control of the weapon and of footwork. At this stage, students will need to start using their own equipment and will be eligible for sparring with synthetic blades.

  • Advanced

The advanced certification comes with an understanding of the intermediate weapon forms and an innate grasp of the terminology. The student will be tested in both sparring and demonstrations. At this stage, the student will be expected to use their own weapons, and to wear their own full protective equipment.

Both Intermediate and Advanced students are permitted to attend the progressive classes.

We do not offer an “Instructor” qualification, but may instead approach advanced students to ask them to assist in classes. These appointments are only for the day, and do not carry any authority beyond the end of the class. Assistant instructors do not pay for the classes they attend.

Those who express an interest in following the instructor path will be assessed over time through observation. They may be asked to assist more frequently, and could be put through external qualifications to help develop their understanding of teaching methodology. They will also be required to study source material in their own time. This process has no set timescale, and develops organically. One day the assistant will be asked to become a full instructor and will be paid to teach classes unsupervised, or may even move on to open their own school.