The Meyer Frei Fechter Guild studies and practices the "Free knightly and Noble Art of combat" as instructed by Joachim meyer in his manual. We use a martially sound approach to interpretation with the goal of resurrecting the skills of the Kunst Des Fechten as taught by Joachim Meyer. We meet weekly to train in the various weapons of the German school and we study the history behind it to better understand it. Again the goal is to display real martial skills, not staged or practiced contests as enjoyable as they may be. This means we must seek to flesh out the full range of skills and attributes necessary to derive martial value from the study. We use the same approach as modern martial arts use to determine effectiveness, efficiency and viability of a given technique or concept. We test through freeplay with steel blunts, wooden waisters and minimal use of padded weapons. Again we seek to develop the full range of skill attributes that would have been necessary in renaissance Germany to practice these arts, this means a serious approach with the same expectations as from modern martial arts, skill = diligent practice and study. A martial art by its nature brings a promise of increased combat fighting skill, this expectation can only be delivered with a serious appraoch that gives the central authority position to the manuals as the source of essential knowledge. The student is expected to diligently study the teachings of the manual and to train hard like any martial art, to freely question and re-evaluate any theories or concepts taken out of the Meyer Art of Combat what is unique to oneself. Meyer himself teaches us the value of indivuduality.
"For as we are not all of a single nature, so we also cannot have a single style in combat, yet all must nonetheless arise and be derived from a single basis."
(Joachim Meyer 1570)
We are now heavily focused on the manual of Joachim Meyer and applying a unique approach of using the manual itself as the final authority not any group, organization, individual, interpretation or particular viewpoint and by viewing the manual the way we beleive Joachim Meyer intended us to view it, as a wholistic study in the art of war , the art being taught in parts with each weapon, but each part and weapon directly relating to the other weapons to form the entire Art of Combat. We followed this path by listening to the words of the fechtmeister himself when he told us how this or that element cannot be fleshed out fully here but later in another weapon or how this or that weapon relates directly to another weapon and the greater part of its techniques are usable with little modification. This means that knowledge of the longsword portion of the book is necessary to learn from other parts of the book, and that the knowledge of the longsword is not soley contained in the longsword portion of the book. Rather the concepts bleed over between the weapons, with a solid strain of conceptual basics holding the art together.