Raven's Claw Glima

Foundation Academy

About Raven's Claw

Welcome to Raven’s Claw Glima. We are proud members of the UK Glima Federation and the first Glima Foundation Academy ever to be incorporated in the UK. We are part of an unbroken line which dates back to Viking age Scandinavia. Until now Glima has been kept almost a secret by the Scandinavian Grand Masters who still teach it. It has never been taught in the UK, Raven’s Claw Glima is the first of a network of Glima Foundation Academies now launching across the country thanks to the UKGF.

Our coaches are trained to a high level, insured and members of the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association.

Here we coach the ancient art of  Glima, the hand to hand combat system developed by the Vikings over a thousand years ago and used to devastating effect in battle and for friendly competition between tribes for sport and to settle disputes without bloodshed. At Raven's Claw we keep Glima relevant by teaching both Sport & Combat Glima for grading progression and pure self defence.


Alex is the head instructor at Raven's Claw Glima Academy and highest graded instructor of the art in the UK.


Alex is also the Chairman of the UK Glima Federation and the man who had the impossible dream to bring Glima, the Martial Art of the Vikings, to the UK. That dream is now a reality and after training directly under Grand Master Tyr Neilsen of The Academy of Viking Martial Arts in Norway he now leads the way coaching from the UK's first ever Glima Foundation Academy, Raven's Claw Glima.

Alex has been a lifelong student of Martial Arts studying and training in Judo from the mid 80's and more recently Muay Thai. Alex also coaches Boxing for fitness, a cross between Boxing technique training and HiiT called FightClub, from 101 Watling street.

Alex is also a Level 3 certified Personal Trainer and a full time Nutritional Therapist where he holds a Level 5 certification. From his private practice he coaches clients on the lifestyle changes required to combat obesity and the illnesses associated with it such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart conditions.


Zak is the Raven's Claw Junior Instructor. Zak has been traning under Alex as he prepares to study Sport Science at college. 

Zak's full profile will be coming soon!

Location and Contact

You can find the Raven's Claw Glimuholl at 101 Watling street (A5) in Towcester, Northamptonshire. VIEW ON GOOGLE MAPS


Milton Keynes, Northampton, Brackley & Buckingham are all just a short distance away and we are 10 minutes from Jct 15A of the M1.

Online & Social Media

Online: www.VikingMartialArts.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RavensClawGlima

Email: info@UKGlima.co.uk

Phone: 07490 937 440