First of all I would like to congratulate all the awardees of this year’s HEMA Scholar Awards! I am personally very happy to see all these great people awarded for their incredible work! They are all wonderful people that do amazing things, so hats off and glasses raised!

Who they are? You can find out on the new HEMA Scholar Awards site.

I also have a lot of thank yous to give this year. To begin with the jury; Reinier van Noort, Ariella Elema, Jherek Swanger, Alex Bourdas and Tom Leoni, I think this jury just raised the bar in how seriously they took their assignment and I know there was a lot of hard work behind these decisions! You will forever have my gratitude and sincere respect for that.

Second, I would also like to thank all the sponsors of the prizes! Without you this just wouldn’t be possible!

Third, I would like to thank all the great researchers that work hard in the dark, alone and silent. Although the passion and love for what we do helps, I also know how frustrating and demanding on patience, perseverance and private life it can be.

Fourth, I would also like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate people for the awards! You are a hugely important part of all this. Your support is vital to the whole proceedings.

Fifth, I want to thank the whole community, and especially all the great people I have met and learned from. You are all an inspiration in many different and sometimes surprising ways! The only regret I have is that I get to meet you far too seldom.

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to especially thank the amazing people who donated to this years HEMA Charity! We have together donated more than 1855€, which has supported 40 families of five members with food for a month in the Syrian refugee camps! You all live up to the great ideals of the old guilds of caring in particular for the poor, the orphans and widows and I thank you for the trust you placed in this charity!

Now let’s together make 2016 an even more awesome year for HEMA, raising the bar a few more steps!

Roger Norling
Chief Editor of HROARR

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.