Know that whatever martial art you do, it will never be as badass as the martial art of the Vikings!
Updated: Jun 1, 2019
Glima, or Viking wrestling, is today almost unchanged since the Viking Age. The word Glíma in Old Norse means glimpse or flash, which describes the system's techniques.
Glima as a self-defence system contains throws, blows, kicks, chokes, locks, pain techniques and weapon techniques and is comparable with the best complete martial arts systems from around the world.
And in the modern times we are now in how does this ancient hand-to-hand combat technique stack up? It excels! As a method of self defence Glima is perfect for the modern day and transfers right to the street. The aim of any Glima match is to swiftly throw or trip your opponent to the ground and to break away and retreat to safety. The ground of any battlefield is a dangerous place as is the concrete on any modern high street when you are under attack.
We are part of an unbroken line that goes back to the Vikings. Glima was so important for Viking society that their most popular god, Thor, was also the god of wrestling.
The art is still practiced in Iceland and Scandinavia and the premier academy, The Academy of Viking Martial Arts (AVK) is based in Buskerud County, Norway.
Steeped in tradition and honour this ancient martial art is rarely seen or even heard of in the UK. We have taken on the task of protecting that tradition and honour by forming the first and only governing body for Glima Instructors and Academies in the UK, The UK Glima Federation has been born.
We have a series of Master classes coming up where anyone, any sex, any age (over 18) of any size, shape and ability can experience and learn the basics of Glima, through to Intermediate level and Advanced/Instructor Level.
One Academy, Raven's Claw Glima in Northants, the first of it's kind in the UK has already been formed and certified by the UKGF and we are now looking for coaches from across the UK to train as instructors under the guidance of the UKGF who can take on this traditional but rare martial art, and continue the traditions of our ancestors.
If you are interested in training, learning or instructing glima please contact us for more information. If you know enough and you're ready to go A-Viking, simply book your place at one of our Masterclasses.[opens in new tab]