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 :

How to Train in Stav

Our next day course of 2014 will be held on:

  • Saturday 5th of July at The Somerset Stav Centre, South Street, Crewkerne, Somerset, UK.
    Theme – How to Train in Stav. Teacher – Graham Butcher
  • Full list of dates when Graham will be teaching here.

    Timings 1030hrs to 1630hrs. Cost: £40 on the day, Ice and Fire Members £25, Students and concessions £20. Early booking discount of £5 if booked in advance online or by sending booking form with cheque. Click here to join Ice and Fire

    To make any real progress in Stav you will need to train in your own time. On this course we will look at how Stav training really works and how to develop your own training routine.

    The course will cover:

  • Working with the stances, the basis of Stav
  • Essential training drills with staff, axe and cudgel
  • Two person training which makes the most of the personal training
  • Beginners and those with experience are welcome. I will have assistance for teaching so all levels can be accomodated.

    Please wear loose, comfortable clothes and bring a notebook and pen.

    Programme Hall will be open from 1000 hrs for registration and refreshments. Training starts at 1030 hrs and there will be breaks mid morning and mid afternoon. We will break for lunch around 1300 hrs for about 30 minutes. Course will close with final stances in time for 1630 hrs.

    Travel to Crewkerne is quite easy. 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. Graham will also be teaching at the Fight Camp in the West Midlands on the 15th to 17th August 2014.

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