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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 :

Stav Training with Graham Butcher

Our next day course of 2014 will be held on:

  • Saturday 15th of November at St Georges Church Hall, Harnham, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
    Theme – Stav Street Defence. Teacher – Graham Butcher
  • Full list of dates when Graham will be teaching here.

    Timings 1000hrs to 1300hrs. Cost: £20 on the day, Ice and Fire Members £15, Students and concessions £15. Early booking discount of £5 if booked in advance online or by sending booking form with cheque. Click here to join Ice and Fire

    This seminar will teach you the essential principles of self-defence and how to apply them in real life conflict situations.

    Training is based on these six essential principles:

  • Learning to see the structure of the body and using this awareness to unbalance an opponent while protecting yourself. Cultivating awareness, sensitivity and vulnerability. This way you can know your own limits while also working to develop you real your potential.
  • Working with the five principles of Stav so that you can decide what your real and appropriate priority is in any given situation. Do you just need to remove yourself from the situation? Do you need to defend your space? Do you need to take control of an attacker? There are two other possibilities as well. To be effective in protecting yourself and others you need to have a clear intention and then you need to know how to act in accordance with that intention. The five principles give you a framework for making such decisions.
  • Developing power in body, mind and spirit. How to use the body really efficiently. Thinking clearly under pressure so that you can understand your opponent and yourself. Releasing energy through emotion, feeling and connecting with the sub-conscious.
  • Using your opponent's body and mind as your weapon while minimising his opportunity to use your body as his weapon.
  • Understanding the transactional nature of violence and learning how to always make the deal in your favour.
  • Graham Butcher has over 40 years of Martial Arts training experience. He has been teaching Stav for over 20 years and is a Geoff Thompson recognised Self-protection instructor.

    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. Otherwise, book here.

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

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