I don't frankly think that would be a bad thing necessarily.
But I doubt there will ever be a universal standard, let alone one requiring people do the Walz
. There wasn't historically. Most Guilds in most towns did the tramping, but some didn't. There are many ways to learn, and some groups don't like the idea of sharing information today. It was the same back then.
I think this will be one
historical way to learn more about fencing, one which we know did help some industries and probably fencers learn their crafts historically. How people decide to link it to reaching the status of an instructor or Master I think depends on the club, and (god forbid
) any certifying bodies out there, but historically, doing the Die Walz
wasn't enough to become a Master. When your Walz was over (or when you had completed whatever period of work was required before applying) you had to apply to the local Guild in whatever town you decided to stay, and perform your Miesterstucke
, your Masterpiece. In the case of fencing this is usually associated with the prize play I think, though the way that has been done in the modern HEMA movement isn't the same as it was historically. Regardless, it means some kind of objective test of skills, which I assume would also apply in some variation or other in the modern context. Today that might also include a written test possibly, maybe demonstration of techniques, who knows, test cutting? But probably also some fencing against very difficult opponents.
But I don't see our little journeymen system as being directly linked in any way to whether someone can be an instructor, either now or in the future. I believe that will always be up to the individual club, study group, school, or guild.
By the way, here is a funny little video on Journeymen (in German) I apologize in advance for the ridiculous Euro-underwear! It does kind of explain the whole thing in simple enough form that you can follow it without speaking Germanhttp://vimeo.com/32566254
I don't know if / when we'll implement the earring and the splitzoaer or whatever they call it! But who knows... maybe for too many double-hits?