We are deeply saddened by the news that Rory van Noort of AMEK, one of the brightest shining rising stars of HEMA has left us far too young. We wish to express our most sincere sympathies to his family and friends in these very sad days. We have all lost a great man and athlete and the world is less bright without him.

In his honour, the GHFS will be holding a moment of silence before tomorrow's training. We encourage everyone to attend and others to do the same.

Also in his honour, the HROARR site will not be linking to any articles on its front page for some time.

Please think of people around you who find especially this period of the year very depressing due to loneliness and the common notion that Christmas is a time for everyone to be happy. Many simple aren't and have a particularly hard time about now. And if you know of such a person, let them know you care for them too!

All of you are also most welcome to share memories of Rory in the commentaries, so they are preserved for family and friends.

Rest in peace Rory!

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.