Stav Organization Opening in USA
- Folks, I thought this would be of interest to our Asatry community.
Stav is based around the runes of the Younger Futhork......details below:
Graham Butcher & Hugh Long would like to announce the official launch
of "Ice & Fire U.S.A." Stav (Northern European Mind-Body-Spirit System)
As many of you may, or may not know, Stav is the authentic Northern
European Mind-Body-Sprirt System (kind of like Western Tai-Chi in some
It incorporates Rune Stances, Martial Arts - using unarmed combat and
historical European Weapons such as the staff, battle axe, spear, and
long-sword. It also encompasses health and healing techniques,
meditation & herb & rune lore.
Ice & Fire U.S.A. will provide:
· A Minimum of 2 seminar opportunities annually in the USA with Graham
Butcher or other senior Stav Instructor
· A Members only section on the website (Ice & Fire USA or UK) with
access to exclusive content such as: extended video clips of weapons
drills, rune stances etc. Online PDF's of Stav Manuals and much more
· Rich articles on Stav & related topics
· Relevant source materials such as the Eddas
· Topical Discussion Forums for the Global Stav community (can be
put inside a frame on any Stav site so that we all see and use the
same forum contact hugh@... for details)
· Live Chat facility get online and chat with other Stav
folks schedule a meeting and chat if you like.
· Distance Learning Guidelines & Support material including video clips
o Recognizing that in North America our members may be highly
distributed, we have started putting together guielines and material
to support the remote study of Stav until a student can attend a class
and/or seminar, and to act as a reference for others.
· A Wyrd Blog regular updates via our blog
· Stav Books and Merchandise for sale to members & the general public
(mugs, t-shirts etc.)
Please read on below for an introduction by our Master Instructor
Welcome to the Ice and Fire U.S.A. Stav website.
My name is Graham Butcher and I have been a student of Stav under Ivar
Hafskjold since 1991. In 1996 I moved from Yorkshire in the UK to
Oxford where I established a Stav Hov and began teaching students of
my own. With the assistance of my students we began to develop ways of
learning and practicing the essential knowledge and principles of the
Stav tradition. This has developed steadily over the past 9 years and
my group now has around 60 members, several of whom are now able to
teach Stav in their own right.
We organize regular courses and weekly classes in the U.K., where we
attempt to teach, and encourage the practice of, as many aspects of
Stav as possible. A large proportion of the training we offer is
martial arts based since this provides a good frame work for regular
teaching and practice of Stav. It also provides a dynamic way of
exploring and testing our understanding of the principles of Stav.
Training in all aspects of Stav is covered in our yearly cycle of
training courses held in the South of the UK. I also have long
established students in Germany whom I visit to teach and train with
on a regular basis.
Three years ago we set up Ice and Fire U.K. in order to better
organize and manage the teaching and collective practice of Stav. In
October 2005 I made my first trip to Virginia USA at the invitation of
Hugh Long and others who had for a while been interested in Stav but
not yet been able to begin training. We held a weekend course and I
also gave as much private tuition as there was time for. We decided
that we could begin the promotion and teaching of Stav in Virginia in
a systematic and organized way. To this end we agreed on the following:
· We would set up Ice and Fire USA as a sister organization to my UK
based Ice and Fire group
· We would establish a USA based website to promote Stav in Virginia.
This website will also provide links to other Stav groups and teachers
active in the USA.
· Hugh would hold Stav training sessions at his home and teach to the
level of his current expertise. At the present this covers the
stances, staff exercises and two person training drills up to the Karl
· I will travel to Virginia to teach at least twice a year. The next
course will be in April 2006
If you think Stav may be the path you have been looking for then I look
forward to meeting you at our next training course.
Graham Butcher October 2005
Thanks in advance for your support!
The Ice & Fire U.S.A. Team