"At first, you should note and know that there is only one art of the sword… And this art is the foundation and the core of any fencing art…"
“It is well said that without books no one shall be a good Master nor even a good Student in this art. And I, Fiore, confirm it to be true, because this art is so vast that there is no one in the world with such a great memory to keep in mind even a quarter of it without books. And not knowing more than a quarter part of the art, I would not be a Master.”
—Fiore Furlano de’i Liberi, ca. 1404
“Even though this art must be learned chiefly through the practice of the body, yet it is certain and true that, as with others, students can conceive it in their memory much better when it is assembled, written out, and placed before their eyes with good instruction in proper order, and it can also be more readily learned and grasped through the practice of the body, than when it is recounted to them only by mouth and demonstrated piecemeal.”
—Joachim Meÿer, 1570
A number of study guides have been made available to students of the Noble Science Academy to use to help with the learning and memorization of Academy techniques and terminology. An effort will be made to collect all such relevant materials here and make them available to students of the Academy so that they may more effectively continue in their studies.
Note that much of this material may be dynamically updated (and not exist in a static form, as such) and thus be accessible only through a Google account with viewing permission. Contact Michael-Forest to be granted access to such documents, where relevant.
Guides are divided by weapon and then are organized under the rank that the student should be working towards. So a new student working towards Apprentice would find the relevant guides under the "Apprentice" rank.
Apprentice Knowledge Test Study Guide: Longsword [under revision]
This explains, in great detail, testing requirements for the rank of Apprentice, and how the tests are to be administered.
Academy Longsword Self-Study Program (Google)
This currently covers only a part of the Apprentice material.
Scholar Knowledge Test Study Guide: Longsword (Google)
This explains, in great detail, testing requirements for the rank of Scholar, and how the tests are to be administered.
Sword & Buckler