Tres Espadas has badges, like the Boy Scouts. These badges do NOT signify mastery, and they are not ranks. Badges indicate a person has been introduced to the basics of the badge's subject. We ask that all Tres Espadas members get the knife badge a quickly as possible, and we strongly suggest that everyone get the baton badge eventually. Other badges include subjects such as spear, machete, etc.
Here's Tim's (taller opponent)"before" knife badge video:
Here's Tim's "after" knife badge video:
Here's Ben & Phil's "before" knife badge video (both had previous knife training and experience):
Here's Ben & Phil's "after" knife badge video (you can see some improvement in spite of their original competency with the knife):