SHotS is teaming up with Towson-based Secret Archives Press LLC to provide the historical fencing community with ultimate credentials.
Baltimore, MD—Secret Archives Press, a for-profit Maryland limited-liability company, is announcing the launch of a new credentializing service for the Classical and Historical Fencing communities.
“There is a growing demand for accreditation and titles,” says Secret Archives’ principal, J. Christoph Amberger. “Unfortunately, the current system has been unable to keep up.”
For a credentializing fee of $500 and an annual maintenance fee of $75, Secret Archives Press LLC will start offering ultimative credentials to the community starting today.
“It just makes sense,” says Amberger. “Current credentializing agencies require a prospective master to undergo a close-minded immersion in sports fencing, which we in the classical and historical fencing communities consider a game. Time and effort are wasted on sports sciences, physiology, conditioning, nutrition, and then uncounted hours of teaching techniques on how to set a light off! Preposterous!”
Secret Archives Press aims at credentializing those who practice fencing as a killing art. “It’s about not getting hit,” says Guillaume L., who runs a classical fencing salle in Wanne-Eickel, Germany. “The foil is the only historical weapon.”
Credentializing requirements are rigorous. Candidates have to prove that they have never earned a competitive ranking from any national fencing association. “It’s about purity,” says Amberger. “Can’t have anyone in there who’s practiced the killing arts as a game.”
Candidates also have to prove positive ownership of three historical fencing manuals dating from 1763 to 1800. “Copies are perfectly acceptable. We call this the Pugliese Clause,” chuckles Amberger, after the late Patri Pugliese, whose efforts of making available photocopied historical fencing manuals available to a broader audience in the 1990′s is credited with the re-emergence of interest in historical fencing in America.
“It also helps if you own your own foil.”
According to Amberger, “nothing symbolizes your commitment to your art like your willingness to make a substantial cash investment in your teaching credentials.” Those credentialized by Secret Archives Press LLC’s program will enjoy one full quarter of royalties-free teaching, after which a nominal administration fee of $10 per student per quarter is due to the company.
Amberger sees a two-fold need for the new title. “There are so many practitioners who up to now had to make up their title themselves, or attach themselves to others with made-up-titles. We’re providing great value for them and their salles.”
Others, he says, benefit indirectly: “For every instructor of historical fencing who wants to have his mastery acknowledged, there are a dozen students eager to be called his ‘Grasshopper’. Our new title fills this void. We’re also working on a way to acknowledge their acolyte status in the very near future.”
Amberger, a U.S. citizen since 2009, wants to further the leading role of the United States in classical fencing: “We’ve discarded the notion that we wanted to perpetuate Old-World notions of mastery and guild-like organization. I’m a republican with both a capital and a lower-case ‘R’ and see no use of perpetuating titles like Meister, Maister, Maestro, or Maitre. Plus, we’d get in trouble poaching on the privilege of established, litigious organizations just protecting their turf.”
The new credential issued by Secret Archives Press LLC is “Mister of Fencing” (MoF). “It’s valid as long as you’re a paid-up member of the Mister of Fencing Organization (MoFO),” says Amberger. “For the small fee, the added gravitas of the title could possibly double or even triple your school’s revenues. It’s a bargain, any which way you look at it. Plus,” he adds, “as a MoFO member, you can no longer be called out to prove your mettle in combat. It’s all in the old duelling codices. As long as you’re a paid-up member in good standing.” By acclamation, Mr. Amberger heads the accreditation committee as GrandMister, MoFO.
Secret Archives Press LLC anticipates solid revenues growth for Q2/2012 and is entertaining private placement offers from qualifying investors.
For more information on Secret Archives Press’s MoF certification process and MoFO membership, contact the company at email@example.com
Update: Secret Archives Press LLC encourages readers of this press release to double-check the publication date.