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 much for a single 2 hour class and most of it will be practiced repeatedly through various exercises and the more technical parts will be broken down over the next few months. But this class aims to freshen up on the whole concept of Meÿer's teachings.

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Warm-up

1. Footwork exercises

2. Strengthening circuit. 50sec/station.

 a. Kreutzhauw with weighted staff - Foot, shoulder & hip twist.

 b. Sideways squats with club.

 c. Diagonal Heel lift / jumping rope

 d. Jumping squats or splits - high up.

 e. Sexy pole dancing

 f. The clock

 g. Squat jacks

 

3. Parries: Longsword, Dussack or JdP. Free choice.

 

Discussion

Why practice the Kreutzhauw?

 

Exercises

1. Precision thrusts with steps.

2. Distances and entering the bind from different guards”

ii. Forward-most part of the staff and longest range.

1. Schlagen / Umbschlagen

2. Bleiben

a. Schnappen / Zucken

b. Rucken

c. Dürchwechseln

 

iii. Mid-forward part of the staff and somewhat closer range OR in between the hands and close range.

1. Absetzen

2. Winden

3. Überschiessen stoss

4. Trücken

 

iv. Close range

1. Überschiessen + Streich/ Ringen

2. Stangen nehmen

3. Ringen am Stangen

 

Sparring

 

 

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. 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.