Quarterstaff (halber stangen) & Halberd
Head Trainer: Roger Norling, GFFG, MFFG, HEMAC
Roger is our head trainer for polearms, i.e. quarterstaff, halberd and pike. He is one of the founding members of the club and is also on the GFFG board. Roger was a member of Gothenburg Historical Fencing School from 2008-2015 and there too sat on the board for several years. More importantly though, he there led a weekly class on Joachim Meyer’s Halber Stangen, based on research he started in 2009. He also led a weekly study group in Meÿer’s dagger during his last year.
Roger has also studied pedagogics and teaching methodology at university, alongside of studies in language and language history.
Since 2016 he is also the chairman of the advisory council of Acta Periodica Duellatorum, a highly distinguished academic magazine dedicated to the research of Historical European Martial Arts.
He usually teaches at 4-5 events per year and has taught about 40 workshops at some 20 events and training weekends in Europe and the USA, primarily focusing on 16th cent fencing master Joachim Meÿer’s quarterstaff, longsword and dusack, all based on the research and training done in the GHFS class and commonly together with training partners and friends like Mattias Moberg of the GFFG, independent fencer Robert Molin and Kevin Maurer & Chris Vanslambrouck of the MFFG.
Assisting trainer: Jesper Grandin
Jesper too has his background in the GHFS and trained for almost ten years in that club, before joining with the GFFG. The last two years he assisted the head trainer of GHFS’ staff class, Roger Norling, and during the last year with particular responsibility for the advanced students. Before Jesper started training HEMA he practiced Kung Fu (Wing Chun) for ten years, with six years as an instructor. He was also the chairman of his club for two years.