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 techniques with Meyer's quarterstaff; Ruck and Truck.

Ruck requires a soft or medium bind to work and just won't work with a hard bind. Truck on the other hand works with any bind, and is even better in a medium to hard bind.

With Ruck you first extend the back end of your staff to the side and then quickly pull it back while you move forward, making a spiralling movement with your forward part, thus maintaining contact and displacing his staff until you leave the bind for the thrust.

With Truck you raise both staves up while setting your point to the side and dropping low and forward underneath your own staff. This way your opponent feels safe, keeping his point in your direction, while yours is to the side. Then slam the back end to your flank while stepping forward. This drops his staff by your side as you open him up and can thrust straight in.

Note in particular the synchronization of upper and lower body, with footwork in relation to the techniques.

Roger Norling

Roger Norling is an instructor on Joachim Meÿer’s Halben Stangen (Quarterstaff) with the Gothenburg Free Fencer’s Guild (GFFG).

Starting with the Gothenburg Historical Fencing School in 2008, he is since 2015 a member of the GFFG. 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.

Currently, he is writing on several books which will explore the teachings of Joachim Meyer, as well as on pedagogics for teaching martial arts.

He is the creator behind the three sister sites, Water on a Rock, an online journal on philosophical ponderings, and and shares his experiences and knowledge in articles on both sites.

He regularly lectures on topics related to HEMA, and teaches workshops on Meÿer quarterstaff, dusack and longsword at various HEMA events around the world. For more about this, read his instructor’s profile.