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.123
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.456
^Crudelli, Chris (2008). The Way of the Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Styles from Around the World. DK ADULT. p. 280. ISBN978-0-7566-3975-4.