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. 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.