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For the location in Ekerö Municipality, Sweden, see Stav, Sweden.
Focus Weaponry
Country of origin Norway Norway
Olympic sport No

Stav is a martial art taught by Ivar Hafskjold. It uses runes and Norse Mythology in its teaching based on oral tradition which he claims was preserved in his family.[1][2][3]

In the 1990s, Ivar Hafskjold took on four personal apprentice students; Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe, Kolbjorn Märtens, David Watkinson and Graham Butcher. All contemporary Stav teachers belong to a teaching lineage directly from either Ivar Hafskjold and/or one of his first four students, each of whom are recognized as masters.

Stav resembles T'ai chi, with the student beginning with ritualized stances resembling the sixteen runes of the Younger Futhark.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ Crudelli, Chris (2008). The Way of the Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Styles from Around the World. DK ADULT. p. 280. ISBN 978-0-7566-3975-4. 
  2. ^ Häggkvist, Carolina (April 19, 2005). "Stav - en livsstil" [Stav - a lifestyle]. Folkbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ Nilsen, Thomas (December 7, 2001). "Stav - vikingenes "budosystem"" [Stav - The Vikings "System of Budo"]. Svart belte (in Norwegian). Retrieved February 17, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Jacobsen Turner, David (April 17–24, 2008). "Vikingernes tai chi" [The Tai Chi of the Vikings]. Weekend avisen (in Danish). Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ Hafskjold, Ivar (July 1, 2009), The Heimbu Curriculum, retrieved February 17, 2010 
  6. ^ Photographs of the stances at Stavrunor, a website associated with Ivar Hafskjold.

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