Úlfhéðinn Glima Hall
The Úlfhéðinn (Oolv-HETH-en) was a Viking wolf-warrior associated with the god Odin. Similar in nature to the Berserkir (The Berserkers, or Bear-Shirt wearers), they were believed to channel the spirit and nature of the wolf in battle. Mentioned in several sagas, they were said to be fearless and frenzied fighters who would enter battle without a the protection of a mail coat and armour - instead wearing the pelt, and displaying the attributes, of a wolf.
The earliest link between Odin and an Úlfhéðinn is found on a 6th Century bronze plate from Öland, Sweden. It depicts Odin standing together with a wolf-warrior holding a spear.
Often misaligned the Úlfhéðinn were, ultimately, shamanic warriors. These individuals took on the spirit of their totem animal and brought that aspect into battle. Symbolically, the Wolf represents and embodies the aspects of: Guardianship, Leadership, Individuality, Protection, Teamwork, Loyalty, Honour, and Instinct.
For the Úlfhéðinn, this not only involved fighting with ferocity, but also with the attributes of the wolf. Fighting for their pack and for their kinfolk in arms, fighting to protect not only themselves, but those they care for, live with, and are responsible for with throughout their lives. These are the values that each and every member of the club must ascribe and aspire to.
Steven Scott has been training in martial arts since 1980 where he began studying Judo as a child in his home town. In 1984 he change disciplines and moved his studies to Shukokai Karate, beginning a 16-year journey in which he gained his 2nd Dan black belt and also competed nationally throughout the UK and with the Scottish National Karate team. In 1993 he expanded his training and development by beginning to study the then little known martial art of Aikido, a discipline translating sword and staff movements and techniques into body movement to undertake powerful throws and locks to vital locations and joints. He continues to teach and practice Aikido and its modern applied fighting principles in Scotland, with clubs in Ayrshire and Glasgow.
In addition to his martial arts experience, Steven has also served with the Royal Marines and has also engaged with and assisted Strathclyde Police for a brief period, both in a Strategic, and instructional basis.
He is also a qualified first aider and Shiatsu therapist, and teaches classes in relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation.