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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 tradition consisting of elements of Norse religion and a martial art taught by Ivar Hafskjold. It uses runes and Norse Mythology in its teaching based on folklore preserved in his family.[1][2][3]

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


  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 

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