All Meyer articles

Basic Meyer Quarterstaff Techniques 02: Schnappen & Zucken

Posted on Jun 19th, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

This video was recorded by the MFFG at the 4th Meyer Symposium in Iowa, USA, 2016 and is yet another small sidetrack from the series.  It shows…

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Basic Meyer Quarterstaff Techniques 01: Ruck & Truck

Posted on Jun 19th, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

This video was recorded by the MFFG at the 4th Meyer Symposium in Iowa, USA, 2016. It is a small sidetrack from the series and shows two basic…

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Basic Meyer Quarterstaff 02: Long & short edge

Posted on Mar 19th, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

This second video in the Basic Meyer Quarterstaff series brings up a few topics: First of all the stance and angles of the legs, which has been…

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Basic Meyer Quarterstaff series

Posted on Mar 12th, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

For the last seven years I have dedicated myself to the study of Joachim Meyer's combat arts, and his quarterstaff in particular. In this I have had…

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Meyer Pilgrimage Part 2 – Basel

Posted on Aug 5th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

Almost exactly a year ago I was lucky enough to be taken on a small journey that has been a long time dream of mine; walking in the footsteps of 16th…

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The Ringen of Joachim Meyer

Posted on Jun 26th, 2015 - By Keith Cotter-Reilly - 1 Comment

This article shall group Joachim Meyer's Ringen into collections of similar throws. Hopefully this will better aid the modern student in learning…

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A key to Meyer's mechanics & footwork - part 1

Posted on May 12th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

Here is a rough diagram that tries to explain the core mechanics that go through all of Meyers fencing and which are the foundation for the…

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Meyerozzo: The influences of the Bolognese method in German Rappier

Posted on Jan 10th, 2015 - By Andrea Conti - 0 Comments

There are many reasons why I devote much of my time and my energies on what Joachim Meyer has exhibited in his treatises. But the main reason I…

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Introduction to Joachim Meyer's quarterstaff

Posted on Dec 12th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Long overdue I've finally posted my booklet on the Meyer quarterstaff, a weapon also used to train spear and halberd. It is tied to the workshops I…

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System vs Syllabus: Meyer’s 1560 and 1570 sidesword texts

Posted on Nov 7th, 2014 - By James Roberts - 0 Comments

As a professional educator as well as a long-time amateur martial arts instructor, one of the issues that fascinates me about the historical fighting…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 10

Posted on Oct 27th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

For practitioners of German longsword it is fairly commonly known that with some stances and cuts we should put our thumb against the flat of the…

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Extensive article on basic Meyer dusack added

Posted on Oct 25th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

I have just added a 28 page article based on my dusack workshop. It is entitled Meyer dusack - the dusack in motion. It is a simple introduction to…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 9

Posted on Oct 21st, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

This time I will speak rather briefly about stances and the ideas behind them. This does not just apply to the longsword, but is applicable to all…

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Meyer Pilgrimage Part 1 - Straßburg

Posted on Aug 1st, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

We all share the same love for our personal and shared discoveries of a forgotten European martial arts tradition and studying it we all learn to…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 8

Posted on Jul 18th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Although not originally planned to be included in this series, I decided to add an article on a topic that deserves special treatment, since to best…

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Meyer quarterstaff workshop in Florence, Italy

Posted on May 6th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1Envup5Ah8Here's the workshop on Joachim Meyer's quarterstaff held by me and my fellow GHFS member Mattias Moberg…

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Free Fencing exercises

Posted on Apr 1st, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

In our Meyer staff class we have been forced to develop methods that meet the simple fact that in staff fencing you are actually training with the…

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Teaching progressions in Meyer’s longsword 1: the attacking skill tree

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2014 - By James Roberts - 0 Comments

Over the last five years, I’ve given several workshops in both South Africa and Europe focused on sequencing the teaching of techniques from…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 7

Posted on Feb 15th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

This week we will be taking advantage of one of the greatest benefits from reading somewhat later masters, like Joachim Meyer and George Silver, by…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 6

Posted on Dec 6th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Throughout history going all the way back from at least medieval times up until modern military bayonet training a diagram typically depicting four…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 5

Posted on Nov 15th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

This week's article will be talking about the topic of various ways of counterstriking against an attack. Different masters and traditions handle…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 4

Posted on Nov 8th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

This time we will start moving into somewhat more unexplored and unmapped territory, working with various clues gathered from different places, to…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 3

Posted on Oct 25th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Time for part 3 in the Onion Article Series, this time taking a closer look at the parts of the weapon and how it relates to handling of distance and…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 2

Posted on Oct 18th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 7 Comments

Continuing with part 2 in the Onion series of articles we will now focus on the topic of controlling the fight, or lack thereof and regaining it. In…

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The Onion: Basics of European Longsword: Part 1

Posted on Oct 10th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

For the last year or so I have been working on a group of primarily longsword exercises based on studying fechtmeister Joachim Meyer's holistic…

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Joachim Meyer's dagger system

Posted on May 30th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

Note: This is a working document and will continuously be updated as we work with our interpretations of Joachim Meyer's dagger…

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Meyer Rappier research launch

Posted on Mar 27th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 12 Comments

There is a growing interest in Meyer's rappier and to aid in this, and as I also plan to study this more myself since it is basically required in…

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Meyer freeflow exercises

Posted on Mar 11th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 10 Comments

To begin with, just for clarification, this is not a typical article per se, but rather a text sorted under the Meyer Research Project, thus a more…

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Meyer's masters

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 13 Comments

On this day, 443 years ago, Fechtmeister Joachim Meyer published his magnificent fencing treatise 'Gründliche Beschreibung der Freyen Ritterlichen…

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Meyer and Marozzo dagger comparison

Posted on Jun 12th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

 It has been debated regarding to what extent Meyer was inspired by the Italians, the Napolitans and the Bolognese fighting systems and…

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Doing what we are told or what we are taught?

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 10 Comments

Here's an old but still always relevant question for us HEMA practitioners to ask ourselves: When we read the old fencing treatises, should we only…

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Unique new treatise added

Posted on Apr 16th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

We just added a rather unique new, but uncompleted treatise to our database. This time it is the Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8°, entitled "Das ander…

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The history of Joachim Meyer's fencing treatise to Otto von Solms.

Posted on Mar 21st, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

 The Joachim Meyer fechtbuch named MS A.4°.2, a beautiful hand-written and watercolour-illustrated fencing treatise dedicated to Herrn…

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The tools for the job

Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 3 Comments

To understand the body mechanics involved in a technique we not only have to train our bodies so we are strong and agile enough, we also need to use…

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Joachim Meÿer Halben Stangen techniques

Posted on Feb 20th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

The GuardsHere are the main guards of Joachim Meÿer's Halben Stangen: 1. Oberhut (left) 2. Gerader Versatzung (or Mittelhut) 3. Unterhut 4.…

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Strengthening exercises

Posted on Feb 5th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 6 Comments

Here are some very crude video clips we shot today of the strengthening exercises we have begun working with in the Meÿer Halben Stangen class at…

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Meyer quarterstaff - A lesson plan

Posted on Jan 21st, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

I thought it might interest some to see how a typical lesson plan for our Meÿer staff class in GHFS looks like.This is of course too…

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Spinning around Hollywood Style?

Posted on Feb 1st, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Never ever turn your back against your opponent sounds like a good, solid advice, but is it always so? What do you do for instance, when you face…

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