In the original 16th century Guild of Masters of Defence, students were taught by Provosts (junior teachers) and Masters (senior teachers).

At Stoccata, Provosts are those people who have shown proficiency over a number of years in particular weapon systems, and an ability to teach the principles of those systems. These people are our teachers.

Part of becoming a Provost is the requirement to do significant original research into the systems the Provost intends to teach.

We do not classify any of our teachers as a Master. This is because the word Master has modern implications beyond it’s original 16th century meaning, as well as a formal certification process.