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.



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.



Why practice the Kreutzhauw?



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





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 HROARR.com, Water on a Rock, an online journal on philosophical ponderings, and Northernbush.com 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.