guild also gild
An association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards.
The term "guild" was not selected for poetic reasons. While terminology for different types of groups are often used interchangeably, there are subtle but important differences that are often overlooked. The word "union" for example, denotes that the body is composed of employees. The term "organization" implies a well-defined hierarchy. "Fraternity" specifies that that members are all males.
In researching the history, structures, and purposes of various types of associations, guilds stood apart in that they were traditionally comprised of professionals with independent but parallel pursuits, working together for the good of all members. Unlike other types of organizations, guilds were meant to aid individuals.
This is the goal of the Libre Knife Fighting Guild.
The LKFG exists to give like-minded individuals a forum to support their efforts and develop their skills in the Libre Knife Fighting System. The LKFG does not exist to establish a hierarchy for the ambitious-minded to ascend to positions of power and influence. Rather, its purpose to provide practitioners with the tools they need to further develop their skills.
The are three levels within the Libre Knife Fighting Guild.
1. Apprentice: This is any person dedicated to the study of the Libre Knife Fighting System.
2. Journeyman: This is a person authorized by the LKFG to run a training group. Journeymen are awarded a silver challenge coin as a token of their position.
3. Master Craftsman: This is a person authorized to run a training group, conduct seminars, and certify other practitioners as Journeymen. Master Craftsmen are awarded a gold challenge coin as a token of their position.