Meyer Halben Stangen

Since 2009 I have been working on interpreting the polearms section of Joachim Meÿer's treatise of 1570 entitled "Gründtliche Beschreibung der Adeligen und Ritterlichen Kunst des Fechtens". This research has evolved into a regular course in Meÿer quarterstaff at Gothenburg Historical Fencing School with me as instructor and parts of the results have been/will be shared at HEMA events around the world.

Part of the research was mirrored against participation in a project by Jogo do Pau master Luis Preto where he aimed to teach through an online site and I found the concept interesting. Furthermore, my research already involves collaborating with the Meyer Frei Fechter Guild and other researchers on Joachim Meÿer's teachings and I had the idea that this might be possible to combine; to teach and learn from each other.
SO, what I propose is that we initiate a cooperative project/course, where we collectively explore the quarterstaff/halberd teachings of Joachim Meÿer. I can provide a framework with project pages for each group. I will also provide a basic course, and I have interpretations for all of the stuck in the aforementioned treatise. I can also share exercises that we commonly use and I am available for discussion.

People have already expressed an interest in this idea, so I will start working on creating a framework for the whole project. If you are interested in joining in with a "satellite group" then please contact me at contact@hroarr.com People who already have expressed an interest are, amongst others: Mike Cartier, Kevin Maurer, Danny J. Hoskins, Bruno Cerkvenik, Roberto Martinez Loyo, Paul Tosetti and Wayne Heinz.

Let's have some fun, all!
Roger

Consecrating my Meyer books and club patches by touching the church

Meyer Pilgrimage Part 1 - Straßburg

Posted on Aug 1st, 2014 - By Roger N - 1 Comment

We all share the same love for our personal and shared discoveries of a forgotten European martial arts tradition and studying it we all learn to…

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Sneaky unexpected thrust behind the back, from Meyer's 1570 treatise.

The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 8

Posted on Jul 18th, 2014 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

Although not originally planned to be included in this series, I decided to add an article on a topic that deserves special treatment, since to best…

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Meyer quarterstaff workshop in Florence, Italy

Posted on May 6th, 2014 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1Envup5Ah8 Here's the workshop on Joachim Meyer's quarterstaff held by me and my fellow GHFS member Mattias Moberg…

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Free Fencing exercises

Posted on Apr 1st, 2014 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

In our Meyer staff class we have been forced to develop methods that meet the simple fact that in staff fencing you are actually training with the…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 7

Posted on Feb 15th, 2014 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

This week we will be taking advantage of one of the greatest benefits from reading somewhat later masters, like Joachim Meyer and George Silver, by…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 6

Posted on Dec 6th, 2013 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

Throughout history going all the way back from at least medieval times up until modern military bayonet training a diagram typically depicting four…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 5

Posted on Nov 15th, 2013 - By Roger N - 1 Comment

This week's article will be talking about the topic of various ways of counterstriking against an attack. Different masters and traditions handle…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 4

Posted on Nov 8th, 2013 - By Roger N - 1 Comment

This time we will start moving into somewhat more unexplored and unmapped territory, working with various clues gathered from different places, to…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 3

Posted on Oct 25th, 2013 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

Time for part 3 in the Onion Article Series, this time taking a closer look at the parts of the weapon and how it relates to handling of distance and…

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Fechtschwerter from Joachim Meyer's von Solms' treatise.

The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 2

Posted on Oct 18th, 2013 - By Roger N - 6 Comments

Continuing with part 2 in the Onion series of articles we will now focus on the topic of controlling the fight, or lack thereof and regaining it. In…

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The Onion: Basics of European Longsword: Part 1

Posted on Oct 10th, 2013 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

For the last year or so I have been working on a group of primarily longsword exercises based on studying fechtmeister Joachim Meyer's holistic…

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Meyer's masters

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2013 - By Roger N - 13 Comments

On this day, 443 years ago, Fechtmeister Joachim Meyer published his magnificent fencing treatise 'Gründliche Beschreibung der Freyen Ritterlichen…

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Doing what we are told or what we are taught?

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 - By Roger N - 10 Comments

Here's an old but still always relevant question for us HEMA practitioners to ask ourselves: When we read the old fencing treatises, should we only…

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Unique new treatise added

Posted on Apr 16th, 2012 - By Roger N - 1 Comment

We just added a rather unique new, but uncompleted treatise to our database. This time it is the Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8°, entitled "Das ander…

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The history of Joachim Meyer's fencing treatise to Otto von Solms.

Posted on Mar 21st, 2012 - By Roger N - 2 Comments

The Joachim Meyer fechtbuch named MS A.4°.2, a beautiful hand-written and watercolour-illustrated fencing treatise dedicated to Herrn Otto von…

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The tools for the job

Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 - By Roger N - 3 Comments

Image from Joachim Meyer's treatise of 1560 To understand the body mechanics involved in a technique we not only have to train our bodies so we are…

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Joachim Meÿer Halben Stangen techniques

Posted on Feb 20th, 2012 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

The Guards Here are the main guards of Joachim Meÿer's Halben Stangen: 1. Oberhut (left) 2. Gerader Versatzung (or Mittelhut) 3. Unterhut 4.…

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Strengthening exercises

Posted on Feb 5th, 2012 - By Roger N - 6 Comments

Here are some very crude video clips we shot today of the strengthening exercises we have begun working with in the Meÿer Halben Stangen class at…

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Meyer quarterstaff - A lesson plan

Posted on Jan 21st, 2012 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

I thought it might interest some to see how a typical lesson plan for our Meÿer staff class in GHFS looks like. This is of course too…

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Spinning around Hollywood Style?

Posted on Feb 1st, 2011 - By Roger N - 0 Comments

Never ever turn your back against your opponent sounds like a good, solid advice, but is it always so? What do you do for instance, when you face…

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