The Next Ice and Fire Stav Course.

What They Say About Our Courses

(11th to 13th May 2013) Thank you once again for a truly inspirational training weekend in Annapolis.

Stewart, North Carolina, USA

(19th May 2013)Back from the most fabulous afternoon of Stav .... Still bouncing :-) ... Thank you Graham! Can't wait til a week and a half's time when I can get back for more!

Katie, Dorset

(Ist December 2012) Thanks to Graham, Howard and John for a really good day of training in Oxford yesterday. We did some good work, axe training and a session on the flinch response and how to harness it in ourselves and work with it in our opponent. I have a few bruises today but they were well worth getting ! That was our last course of the year and I am sure that we are all left feeling gratitude to Graham for another year of teaching, wisdom and encouragement. We wish we could meet more frequently to train together or that we all lived in Crewkerne !

Clare, Oxfordshire

(1st December 2012) Graham, thanks again for today, it was a very good day, short of people, but loads of good training and good company. Graham managed to nearly rip my head off, but Howard was there to put it back on again. Frazzled and aching but reasonably happy.

John, Wiltshire

One thousand thanks to Graham Butcher for three great days of training here in Annapolis, MD, USA, and another thousand to Miki Tracey for organizing the event. I appreciate being able to spend a lot of time on axe drills and self-defense training. I took steps forward over the past three days and am richer for it. I appreciate being able to spend a lot of time on axe drills and self-defense training. (20th June 2012)

Therissa, Maryland, USA

Thank you very much for another great Stav class (Oxford 19th May 2012) with new things to learn and "old" things to improve. Along with everything else, your short and sweet desensitisation training changed something in my head, and going back to Aikido on Monday, I found myself amazingly reassured. I really appreciate your spectacularly unspectacular way of bringing out the best in everyone while having fun along the way.

Anna, Germany

One of the best training days so far. (14th April 2012)

Cathy, Wiltshire

Thanks for such a full and good days training in Denham (31st March 2012) today Graham. Good to work with so many new people and to hear your thoughts on other aspects of martial training you are working with. Really inspirational.

Clare, Oxfordshire

Thanks for a great day on Saturday (11th Feb 2012) - the aching arms and shoulders have just about gone :-) Really enjoyed it, looking forward to April!

Darren, Wiltshire

Ice and Fire organises the Summer Stav Camp with Ivar Hafskjold. We also provide instruction on courses and events arranged all over the world by students of Stav. If you would like to organise such an event contact me through the Contact us page

Our next course is detailed below, for the full programme of dates and to book online go to the Ice and Fire Programme Page :

One Day Foundation Course in Stav Martial Arts Training

Mastering Stav or any other system of training is a lifetime commitment. However, every journey begins with a single step. A full day of Stav training with other people committed to the same path will be a pretty big first step.

So, on a Stav one day foundation course you will:

  • Learn how to do the sixteen runic stances in their basic form, the version we call the Trel sequence. Practised daily the stances develop good posture and improve balance, promote deep and natural breathing and gently stretch and tone muscles, sinews and ligaments. The stances are also a powerful form of moving meditation.
  • Learn the staff exercises for developing flexibility, mobility, coordination and body awareness. Each staff exercise relates to one of the stances making them easy to remember as well as being a powerful way of learning and using each stance.
  • Using the staff exercises you will learn and practice the five principles drills. These two person drills teach the five strategies or mindsets essential for practical self-protection and inherent in Stav training and practice. You will be shown all five exercises. However the emphasis will be on learning the first two which relate to the Trel and Karl principles. For most people these two principles are the ones most likely to apply to everyday life. (If you have a need for advanced skills such as control and restraint or disarming weapons then specialised training is available once you are familiar with the basics.)
  • Working with the practical applications of the Trel and Karl principle for self-defence will conclude the day. Working with these principles will teach you how to safely break away from an attacker or eject an intruder from your space. Handouts on the day and access to online video showing how to do the stances and staff exercises will assist you in maintaining your practice until your next opportunity to train.
  • Places will be limited to six students to ensure that there is sufficient space for everyone to train safely. There will be two instructors present and thus you can be sure of plenty of individual attention.

    When? The first one day foundation course of 2015 will be on: Saturday 31st of January. Training will commence at 10 am although registration and refreshments will be available from 9.30 am. The course will conclude at 5 pm.

    Where? Somerset Stav Martial Arts in Crewkerne, Somerset. Full travel details provided upon booking on the course. Crewkerne is easily accessible by road and rail. Please let us know if you will need collecting and returning to the railway station. There is no actual parking at the centre. However paid for parking is available a couple of minutes walk away. Or there is free street parking if you do not mind walking for five minutes or so.

    How much? Full price £40, however if you are already paying monthly for training at Somerset Stav Martial Arts or are a paid up member or Ice and Fire then the cost will be £25 for the day.

    Please note that I will need details such as full name and date of birth before the event so that I can cover you for insurance on the day.

    To book please use the Paypal link below or download the pdf form for alternative methods of payment.

    Please book your place here. Use drop down menu for discount

    These seminars are suitable for men and women of any age with or without other martial arts experience.

    Full joining instructions will be sent upon booking on the course. If you travel by public transport we will be able to collect you from the station and drop you back at the end of the day as required.

    Queries If you have any questions before booking then please do not hesitate to Email me or telephone me on 0771 358 5954 and I will do my best to answer any problems.

    As written above, beginners welcome and this will be an ongoing programme of training.

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