In a surprising but exciting move on the UFC YT Vlog, Irish UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor just announced that he will expand on his training regime by training HEMA and both longsword and spear in particular, and aiming to join the larger and tougher HEMA tournaments like Swordfish in Sweden this very year.

McGregor is already known for using some unorthodox training methods, seeking inspiration from the animal kingdom and how animals move, and working with free-flowing rythmical movement, so perhaps it should not come as a surprise that he is adding one of the hottest "new" martial arts to his regime.

McGregor in the video says that 'This is where I came from, yeah? I'm representing the family!' as he brandishes his new longsword, looking very happy with it indeed, although we certainly will have to present him with some better sparring swords for HEMA. McGregor also stated that the '...really like fighting from the "Alber" and "Tag" stances, putting the two together into something new'.

This is of course very exciting news and sure to bring a lot of attention to HEMA internationally and we will be following the developments of this closely.

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.