Lumeneers, students who study at SaberCraft, at a certain point may want to test their skills and take upon a whole new challenge and embark on the road to becoming an instructor. Saber Instruction is not easy as many may expect. Something has to be said about preparing a class lesson, capture the attention of everyone in the room, engage with everyone at the same time, be able to do the moves while calling the numbers and directing the class and most importantly understanding safety. That's what being a Knight trains you for.

Lumeneers enrolled in the program will have access to exams that will test their skills and provide them an opportunity where they can partake in a leadership role in classes and community events including workshops and conventions (Cons). It's guaranteed that with your first complimentary ticket you earn to a Con or with the discount on your class passes, your membership fee will have paid itself off.

Time to take it the next level and get involved in the community and take a leadership position. Rather than practicing with others occasionally or when partners can make time, joining the Knights guarantees that there are like-minded individuals who are setting aside their time to practice the art to its fullest. You dedicate yourself to the art and the community. It means that you're willing to get to class a little earlier just to help out or taking on the new student and helping them with a particular form. It's about wanting to do community events and be first in line to help out. Being a SaberCraft Knight means that you're committed to helping SaberCraft grow.

Differences between being enrolled in Advanced Classes & being a SaberCraft Knight

How do you become a Knight?

SaberCraft Knights start by enrolling in our Advanced Classes. After having tested for Rank 1 and attained your first sash, you then are considered a SaberCraft Knight. This is a ranking system intended to capture a student's dedication and hard work in understanding aspects of saber-combat, yoga, movement, public performance and self-discipline. It is the path of the hero on their journey toward self-empowerment, greater discipline and focused intention.

This is for anyone, male or female, aged 16 and above, who has a love for sabers, yoga, choreographies and performing. You do not need any previous experience to join. Considering that saber combat is a delicate dance; safety is of highest priority. What does matter is how you interact with the other Knights.

In order to join, a candidate must do the following:

  1. The Preliminary Steps:
    1. Register on our website
    2. Like our Facebook page
    3. Join our Facebook Lumeneers group
    4. Complete 3-5 Fundamentals classes
    5. Complete 5 Advanced classes
    6. Agree to the Fundamental Rules of the Restraints and the Observances
    7. Audition to join the program
  1. Ask to Join:  Simply talk to one of our Knights, mention to them that you’re interested and you’ll be interviewed by several Knights. After the brief interview, they will discuss with other senior students and your membership is put to a vote with those that interviewed you. With a simple majority, you're welcomed in. Being a Knight is about contributing to the future of SaberCraft and its students. Unfortunately, not everyone gets in and that should not dissuade you from coming to class and participating in LUMINA.
  2. Pay your Annual Dues. Once you do this step, you qualify for discounts to our in-person classes.
  3. Test & Pass Rank 1: This is the final step before you are welcomed into our Knights program.
  4. Be Inducted: Every season we conduct an Initiation into the Knights program and an Ascension Ceremony for those that are moving on to ranks 2-4. It is only after this ceremony that you are then deemed a SaberCraft Knight.
  5. Continue to pay your Knights Annual Dues. every year.

The Audition is to test your ability to do the Fundamentals with ease and to demonstrate to the other Knights your commitment to their safety and support. Auditions are conducted after Advanced Class. Please check with an instructor the day you wish to audition.

Knight Yearly Dues

Annual Dues: $24/year

  • Student Ranks Testing (White sashes): $50
  • Instructor Rank Testing  (Red sashes): $100

That's $2 each month to hold the Knight recognition and to retain Knight Benefits and you are automatically enrolled in LUMINA for the year.  When you are ready to test and advance into the program, you pay the testing ceremony. You may pay on our online store.

If you are not planning on ranking in SaberCraft then you do not have to pay the Knight Yearly Dues

Discount to Classes

As a Knight you get a discount to classes:

  • Fundamentals + Advanced Regular Price: $20
  • Fundamentals + Advanced Knights Price: $15 (25% off)
  • Enroll in Monthly Auto-Pay Plan: $30 (60% off)
    • Includes 2 Fundamentals + Advanced Classes + Open Sabers
  • Family Members: 50% off

3 Guest Passes

Get 3 guest passes a year to share with friends and family. Guest passes are mainly for Fundamentals Class. We do have the option where your guest may attend the Advanced Class but they must practice mainly with you. Guest passes are granted after 3 months of attendance. Guest passes do NOT accumulate and are limited to a maximum of 3.

Value: $45

Instruction

Your Knight fee gives you the right to instruct others in class. Everyone thinks they’re a teacher. Understand that students coming in come from different backgrounds. Some young, some old. Some challenged, some gifted. We’ve introduced over 1000 people to the basic fundamentals of saber choreography. By paying your dues and properly ranking, we outfit you with special classes and meetings to help you develop your teaching & presentation skills.

Website Material

Need to remember a particular move or choreography? No need to go googling. Just go to sabercraft.org, login, and there you have it. Updated and in an easy to download format. You help us build a budget in notating fights, breaking them into CMs and building a curriculum whereby our classes stay interesting. Our curriculum is continually tested and improved. Evolving and changing.

Program Requirements and Ranks

The program requires that the student is enrolled through the duration of their path toward Knight and regularly attends. You do not grow a skill unless you practice it often among peers more advanced than you. It is the true path to growth. The ranking system is based on the following levels:

  • Level 0: Candidate - a new candidate who started the program
  • Level 1: Initiate - accomplish the 1st Exam involving the requirements with 20 classes
  • Level 2: Acolyte - accomplish the 2nd Exam involving the requirements with 50 classes
  • Level 3: Fellow - accomplish the 3rd Exam involving the requirements with 80 classes
  • Level 4: Master Knight - accomplish the 4th Exam involving the requirements with 100 classes
  • If you are accepted as an Instructor, you must get a Fitness-based certification offered from AFAA, NASM, Yoga Alliance or another accredited body. Instructor belts are Red.

Between each level are requirements of enhancement that the student must accomplish successfully involving:

  • Yoga poses
  • Meditation
  • Notation
  • Saber combat skills
  • Saber Forms
  • Staged Choreography
  • Instruction of private classes and public classes

Ranks are designated by a white sash / belt given to the student who chooses the path of the SaberCraft Knight.

Responsibilities

As a Knight you will be expected the following:

  • Training new members of both Fundamentals & Advanced classes
  • Duties for future conventions such as SuperCon or Florida Animate
  • Regularly come to class
  • Test for new rank yearly
  • Represent the group to its highest potential
  • Consider the disqualifications of becoming a Knight

What do I need to bring?

After you achieve Rank 1: Initiate, you will receive your honorary sash. You are required to wear it in class if you wish to provide instruction to others. Your sash demonstrates to others in class your rank and experience. It is important to wear it when working with others who are new to the class as they may not recognize your experience.