Tag: staff

Skalastet – Sami quarterstaff & spear fighting tradition in Northern Sweden

Little is known of any indigenous martial arts traditions of Scandinavia, and while the Icelandic tales, Konungs Skuggsjá and Olaus Magnus give us some clues and Glima still remains both in its modern sport form and, to a lesser degree, in its older combat form, very little else can be found that doesn’t find its roots in Germanic, Italian, French or Asian traditions. However, just going back about 180 years we find a still living staff fighting tradition in the North of Sweden, among the Sami, called “Skalastet“. Below are two stories told by the priest Petrus Laestadius who served as a missionary  in...

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Meyer quarterstaff workshop in Florence, Italy

Here’s the workshop on Joachim Meyer’s quarterstaff held by me and my fellow GHFS member Mattias Moberg at the HEMAC Florentia event in March, in Florence, Italy. It has been edited down from a 3 hour workshop into a 1 hour movie. Thank you so much for filming, editing and sharing this guys! It truly was a memory for life and a great honour being invited! Thank you also to Mattias for being such a great help and training partner! Adding to this, for those interested, here are two videos of free fencing as described in this article: Free Fencing Exercises...

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Simple Staff Method and Drills

I first learned staff in the late eighties, and although I was not that interested in the provenance, as I recall my master learned it in Scouts as a child. I never had any documentation for it, but it was a simple system consistent with what I have subsequently seen of the Boy Scout staff and manuals such as the McCarthy staff. It is more or less what naturally happens if you pick up a longish stick and use to defend yourself in children’s games, and, I suspect, that many of the actual staff fighting techniques that we have, assumed that something like this was just understood from playing as children. On the other hand that could just be because I twist what the body knows into the practice of other staff techniques. The techniques themselves are simple, and what makes them interesting is more what you can do with them as a training tool, to learn about power and relaxation, rhythm and tempo, pattern and timing, fear and control. Arguably the pattern drills are a form of transition between movement drills and actual combat, not unlike some of the sticky hands concepts in some eastern arts. The system is simple, with six to eight strikes with corresponding blocks, two thrusts, a change grip (or moulinet or compass) and a slide. The Staff The staff should be a little...

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New: 2nd edition of Luis Preto’s book on Jogo do Pau!

Looking for something good to read about a living form of traditional European Martial Arts? Well here’s a good tip for you: Luis Preto is just releasing his 2nd edition of his first book on Portuguese staff fencing Jogo do Pau. It has been revised based on all the things Luis has learned since he first wrote this book eight years ago and it has lots of good, new material. Personally, I find it invaluable to study this, if you are a student of Meyer, but all fencers can find useful things in this book. To make it even more fun, there is even a 25% discount valid until Feb 28th, so go have a look: More info at http://jogodopau.blogspot.no/ Buy it at: https://www.createspace.com/4045951 It will also very soon be available on...

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