A long time ago my instructor (Historical Western Fencing - 16th, 17th centuries) mentioned the idea of a ranking system in fencing. It was just in passing, and I didn't get a lot of details, but I'm wondering if there is still a similar ranking in place these days, or if anyone has heard of it. He basically said you started as a student, or apprentice, then after about 5 years you became a "Swordsman", then much later you became a "Sword Master". (In the book, The Princess Bride, Inigo achieves the mythical rank of "Sword Wizard".) Does anyone give these types of ranks (only the first two, obviously), or seen it legitimately done? Or is it an informal type of thing, subject to each individual's bragging needs?