Here is a campaign we support 100% and strongly encourage you to consider supporting as well. So, what is Fighters Against Racism? The Fighters Against Racism movement was started by David Rawlings of the London Longsword Academy to promote and provide a positive environment within the martial arts regardless of gender, immigration status, race, or religion.

FAR is a group for martial artists of all kinds who want to take a stand against racism and ensure that anyone can practice our arts and be part of the MA community without fear of discrimination. Wear the FAR logo to show your commitment to diversity and inclusivity at your MA clubs, schools and events.

Quoting David Rawlings this is the reasoning behind the campaign:

Several years ago I started Fighters Against Racism as I perceived an upswing in the amount of racial abuse within sport.
I wanted a simple way for schools teachers and students of the martial arts, to state that they will not judge people based on their regardless of gender, immigration status, race, or religion.

Of course it takes more than a T shirt to make that happen, we must make great efforts to make that inclusive environment within our schools. But hey, the T shirt gets the message across too.

So give it some thought, get your wallets out and please help support this cause. It deserves your support. You can find the campaign here:

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.