Traditionally the Vikings were experts in numerous forms and styles of combat, both unarmed and when using weapons. As they travelled the world, they were required to change and adapt to the various fighting styles used the lands they ventured to, traded with , and even conquered.

Similarly, Glima training requires that students take the time to learn  a vast array of different skills, disciplines  techniques, and styles of combat covering both traditional and more modern methods.

Does Glima have a 'Style' ?

Yes, at WSGA we practice the 'free-hold style of Glima, known as Løse-Tak. 

At the core of Løse-tak Glima are two very distinct facets of the same skills: these are:

Sport Glima (Adults and Children), and

Combat Glima (Adults Only)

Sport Glima

Sport Glima is predominantly a wrestling style, which forms the basis for the core techniques and skills that are also carried forward into the more combat oriented style. To the Vikings, wrestling was more than just a method of fighting, it was also a way to keep fot, stay warm, have fun, and was such a respected art that it was also attributed to the god Thor.

In sport Glima the participants compete using a free-hold wrestling style which continues until a winner emerges and one is on their feet and the other has been thrown or toppled to the ground. There are no draws.

Sport Glima  offers a competitive and effective form of self defence, but also encourages fitness and is also a fun activity.. Unlike many wrestling styles, in Glima one can apply both open handed slaps and pain techniques to gain an edge over an advantage over your opponent. 

Combat Glima

Combat Glima makles use of a variety of weapons styles and unarmed combat and is geared purely from the standpoint of learning to defend oneself from harm. from an aggressive attacker As a result the techniques are all designed top be highly effective at neutralising a threat to ones person in as quick and direct a manner as possible.

Combat Glima incorporates the use of both grappling, and also direct strikes to vital areas and locations as well as the basic and more advanced  training and techniques in knives, swords, spear, staff, axe, clubs, and shields. In addition, Combat Glima also trains in adaptability and use of improvised  weaponry and opportunity weapons awareness.


Indoor and Outdoor Glima

Where Glima really stands out when compared to many other martial arts is the use of both indoor and outdoor training. Glima is a very efficient and applicable art, and in order to be applicable, it must be trained in and worked upon not only in a controlled  indoor class environment, but also in the less predictable outdoor environment. As a result Glima training takes place as much outdoor as indoor.

A Typical Class

Each class starts with warm-up and exercise, including Draga which is a form of yoga-like movements designed to build strength and conditioning. A great deal of time is spent on basic movements and techniques for both Sport Glima and Combat Glima and every evening ends with a friendly Sport Glima winner-stays-on match where everyone participates purely for the joy of the art.

Who Can train in Glima.

To the Vikings, everyone in their society was a warrior, fighter, and survivor. Likewise, Glima is open to everyone who is willing to commit to their training. Young or Old, fit or unfit, all are welcome. Details on our classes for Adults and Children can be found on this website under "Class Information" link.

What Can I get from Glima?

Glima is about camaraderie, about testing yourself, pushing your limits, and breaking out of your comfort zones. You do not need to be fit to start, but it will come in time. You do not need to be young for old age brings its own wisdom and benefits and we can all learn from each other regardless of age. You do not need to be brave or confident as that will develop in time with your skills.  All you need is the desire and heart to work at Glima in order to be successful at it for yourself.