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Close Quarter Combat Weapons Seminar

to be held on the 4th and 5th June 2016, Somerset, UK With Graham Butcher and Fox Walters

Fox is a HEMA instructor with a
particular interest in researching
authentic and interesting fighting
Graham is a Stav teacher with over
20 years experience.

Learn how to use traditional weapons which are still important in self-defence today.

Generally speaking weapons have a generic form based on their length and weight. Therefore, there will be a basic principle for the use of a weapon of a particular type or length. From these generic forms specific types of weapon manifest at different times and places according to developments in technology, the needs of war or peace, fashion or legality, or otherwise, of ownership.

This workshop will teach the use of two weapons in their generic form, the tein and cudgel. Then moving onto examples of their historical manifestations. The Fairbairn-Sykes as used in World War 2. The tomahawk as a deadly form of the cudgel. The purpose of the workshop will be to show that to really understand weapons and how to use them you first need to understand the generic principle of simple weapons and then the advantages and disadvantages of a technical design.

Saturday Training – Stav Tein and Fairbairn–Sykes

On the Saturday morning Graham will teach first the use of the dagger/tein. A tein in Stav training is a stick about the length of the forearm. (Lengths of antler with the inherent sharp points were sometimes traditionally used.) For training purposes a length of wood is ideal and can be surprisingly effective as a means of defence against sharpened metal weapons.

The Stav tein training is based on Stav principles of movement, body mechanics and working with the lines of the web. This training system has been heavily influenced by medieval dagger fighting, mainly from German sources.

On the Saturday afternoon we will train with the historical manifestation of the dagger/tein in the form of the Fairbairn-Sykes commando knife. This weapon was widely used in combat within living memory. Some of the people who actually used this weapon in deadly combat are still alive to tell the tale.

As Fox puts it:

'Cold steel, they don't like it up em.'

'In war you cannot afford the luxury of squeamishness. Either you kill or capture, or you will be captured or killed. We've got to be tough to win, and we've got to be ruthless - tougher and more ruthless than our enemies.'


This workshop focusing on the work of Fairbairn-Sykes may not be the most technical but will leave you with no shortage of ways to mess people up with efficient use of unarmed and knife use.

Sunday Training – Stav Cudgel and Tomahawk and Knife

Fox in action
Graham with cudgel

On the Sunday morning Graham will teach the use of the cudgel or walking stick. In its generic form a cudgel is simply a stick long enough to reach from a standing person's hand to the floor. It also needs to be light enough to handle with one hand.

The Stav cudgel training will be based on six strikes and three thrusts. One strike or thrust will counter another building up an understanding of combining Action – Intention – Movement. With practice it should be possible to use a cudgel to block, evade, intercept and disarm an attack.

Throughout history the cudgel manifests in an almost infinite variety of forms, cane, lang–sax, sword, baton, shillelagh, single stick etc.

On the Sunday afternoon Fox will teach another historical manifestation of the cudgel in the form of the tomahawk or hatchet as it was used on the American frontier. The 'hawk', often paired with a large knife, was the American weapon of choice until the percussion cap made pistols practical for self-defence from the 1840s onwards.

As Fox puts it:

Rip it, rip it real good.

Intimate use of the Tomahawk and knife.

The blade and back spike/hammer of a Tomahawk are excellent for getting your opinion across, but there are other fun ways to express yourself. In this workshop you will explore the use of the unique shape of an axe paired with long and short knives, along with no frills body mechanics to really mess people up with ripping, tearing, cutting, stabbing and the occasional 'in the face'.

Suggested equipment.

Box for the gents.

Arm/knee other protection.

Training Tomahawks and Knives will be provided as Wolfshead are nice like that.

Each day training will be a stand alone programme. So you are welcome to attend either or both days.



  • 0930hrs Registration and refreshments available
  • 1000hrs Tein/dagger workshop with Graham Butcher
  • 1300hrs Lunch break – Please bring a packed lunch or be prepared to get food from the various cafes and food shops around the town.
  • 1400hrs Fairbairn-Sykes workshop with Fox Walters
  • 1700hrs Finish, although we will be happy to put the kettle on and chat for a while if anyone is in no hurry to get away.
  • Sunday

  • 0930hrs Registration and refreshments available
  • 1000hrs Cudgel workshop with Graham Butcher
  • 1300hrs Lunch break – see Saturday regarding food, fewer places are open on the Sunday but you won't starve.
  • 1400hrs Tomahawk and knife workshop with Fox Walters
  • 1700hrs Finish,
  • Venue

    Somerset Stav Martial Arts, 3 to 5 South Street, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 8DA


    Train, Crewkerne Station is on the main line from Waterloo in London to Exeter. The station is over a mile away from SSDC, if anyone needs a lift from or to the station please let us know and we will arrange a collection and drop off.

    Driving, You will need to sort your route out using Google map etc. Parking is available but not right outside SSDC. There is a pay and display car park on West Street, about 100m away, where you can park all day on the Saturday for less than £3, the Sunday is free. If you can't face paying for parking at all then just continue down South Street and you should be able to find a space, either on the main road or in a side street.


    If you are staying for both days and need overnight accomodation then we can direct you to one of our local hotels or Bed and Breakfast. Or, if you can bring a sleeping bag, then we will find you somwhere to sleep for the night. There will be an evening meal available for anyone staying overnight.

    Clothing for Training

    Please wear loose and comfortable training attire. For footwear please either bring indoor training shoes or be prepared to train in bare feet.


    £50 for both days or £35 for either day, includes refreshments, use of appropriate equipment and insurance cover for the day (I will need full name and date of birth when you book so that I can add you to the Ice and Fire Stav insurance register for the day or weekend.)

    Number of places will be limited to 12 on each day for reasons of space and safety. Payment by Paypal online or please ask for our bank details if you prefer to pay by bank transfer.

    Reserve your place now.