An open invitation.

Hi everyone! I would like to share a bit of my vision for the new HROARR site.

First of all, its purpose is simply to help research, material development and practicing of HEMA. This is done by providing tools, source material, links and info.
Thus far the work has been done mostly by me, with the good support of GHFS, but in the future I hope to expand on several existing collaborations and grow quite a few new ones.

It has occured to me, however, that the HEMA community currently has no common place to gather for connecting, finding news, share research and be inspired by what other people do. True, there are forums and blogs, but they are not quite what I speak of.

So, basically, what I and some other like-minded people are now hoping to be able to do, with your help, is to turn the HROARR site into a mix of a free online HEMA magazine and a research / project tool. A water hole for the HEMA community, if you will…

With the new version of the site comes a lot of new, interesting possibilities, as I can now open up the HROARR site to other researchers and practitioners.

For one thing, I can now add sub-pages for community projects and one is already up, where the GHFS Halben Stangen group will collaborate with anyone interested and share exercises, ideas and interpretations. Anyone can join in and have their own page where they can write their thoughts, post videos/photos etc.
Furthermore, I can also add “writers” and I would like to invite all of you to write reviews and articles and have them published on HROARR. Since I, from a legal standpoint, am the responsible publisher, I will act as editor. Copyrights to the material will of course remain with the original authors. And you will always be able to have your material removed or updated. Furthermore, your interpretative material, transcriptions and translations can be added to the searchable manual database, if you so wish.

Also, I have added a workshops/instructors list, so if you are interested in teaching at HEMA events, then it is a good place to list yourself. Several instructors and workshops have already been listed and more are coming in.

I am currently working on adding all stored manuals into a manual database where you can search for authors, dates, weapons etc. Each manual will also be accompanied by a short text and I thank Michael Chidester and Ben Michels for generously sharing info from Wiktenauer. The two first manuals that have been uploaded are Joachim Meÿer’s 1560 and 1570 treatises. There’s a lot more to come and with time I think the database will prove to be useful.

That’s some of the stuff that’s up right now, and I have more plans for further improvements that I will reveal later.

So again, I welcome you to join in here!

Roger Norling
Quarterstaff Instructor
Gothenburg Historical Fencing School.

Roger Norling
Roger Norling is an instructor on Joachim Meÿer's Halben Stangen (Quarterstaff) with Gothenburg Historical Fencing School.

His main focus in his research is the "Kunst des Fechtens" and primarily the longsword, dussack and polearms. He has been focusing on the works of Joachim Meÿer since 2009. In this he has enjoyed collaborating with the Meyer Frei Fechter Guild and in May 2013 he became a Fechter of the MFFG. Recently, he has begun researching Meyer's dagger quite systematically using the same method he applied to his staff teachings.

Currently, he is writing on a series of books which will explore the teachings of Joachim Meyer, in collaboration with researcher friends in the HEMA community.

The upcoming two years he will be teaching Meÿer quarterstaff, dusack and longsword at various HEMA events in Europe and the USA. For more about this, read his instructor's profile.


  1. I am extremely happy to be able to tell you that the Meyer Frei Fechter Guild will support this and several members will be taking part. Welcome on board!

  2. This is an incredibly good idea, and you are a hero to shoulder all this workload on your back! :)

  3. Thanks Francesco, but no, not really. :) In fact, I hope this will mean we can all work together, across the “borders”.

    Basically, I could even add an author id for each HEMA club so they can post relevant news about what’s going on, for instance upcoming events.
    And I can create sub pages for specific projects where group members from clubs all over the world can work together and share posts and videos.

    I keep getting new ideas on how we can use this. The only thing that is needed is people that are interested in joining us.

  4. This is a great idea, and I hope it works out!
    HROARR was my primary source of info for a number of years, and I’m very excited to see it evolve.

  5. The idea is great indeed and I have just one question – how can someone participate?

    • Very easy. You just register, add a profile and I will give you “author status”. Depending on what you want to do, write articles, post news or initiate projects we have to speak in more detail. Initiating projects is a bit more complex, since it means I will have to do some small manual programming. Posting news or articles is simple enough though.

      Since I from a legal standpoint is the responsible publisher, I will act as editor, which means that anything posted needs to be approved by me before it goes “live”. This also assures that the site structure is kept intact.

      I would be most happy if you join us in this! It really is exciting and I hope people realize the potential here.

  6. Roger, I can provide you with information about some schools of Europian swordmanship in Europian part of Russian Federation… if you think that it might be intersting and is in within your conception of HROARR…
    Igor A.

    • That would be excellent Igor! And please let them know about HROARR and Wiktenauer too!
      All the best!

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