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Classes for Children and Young Adults



Glima is more than just a martial art !

It is an exciting way to learn self-defence, but is also a great way to get or stay fit and healthy, meet now friends, learn new skills, study history and language, and most importantly to have FUN while learning.

In our classes we teach skills and techniques on training safely, improving balance and moving better, how to fall safely, how to use technique to overcome stronger opponents, how to relax, and how to plan out YOUR future success and promotions by earning Certificates, Badges and Belts as you get better and better.

Peace of Mind for Parents and Guardians

All instructors and assistants teaching children and juniors at West of Scotland Glima Academy are vetted by Disclosure Scotland and registered on Disclosure Scotlands PVG registration scheme which updates constantly and is publicly accessible for your peace of mind.

Why Should my Child Study Glima?


Martial Arts for Children and Juniors is not only about self-defence, although that is, naturally, a major part of it. Modern culture today often glorifies violence, evident in many different sources from music to television to video games and even sports. With that in mind the concept of enrolling a young adult into a martial arts class may not seem like a natural counter-balance to this. 

The true purpose of martial arts is greatly misrepresented in movies and media which is filled to the brim with violent behaviour, even sports and mixed-martial art contests attract millions to events filled with ego, inappropriate behaviour and lack of respect. 


The truth is that genuine, traditional martial arta training is actually very different to what we see and can be very beneficial to our physical and mental well-being.

What Skills Can my Child Learn from structured martial arts training such as Glima?


Self-Esteem. Confidence comes with achievement, and young adults self-esteem level will get a boost with every little bit of progress and every belt they attain. Children and young adults who struggle with a low sense of self-worth or self-esteem often become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class.

Social Skills. It is important that we communicate confidently with others. Children and young adults who don’t always thrive in highly social environments will find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they share a common interest.


Self-Discipline. One of the central tenets in Glima is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today it is easy for children and young adults to find methods of instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline are not always easy to come by. Glima does take effort and Children and young adults with a martial arts background, are continually reminded of how self-discipline and hard work brings rewards.

Physical Activity. Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting children and young adults off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle, but also gives them an enjoyable activity that inspires while they get fitter and encourages them to keep training in their own time.

Setting and Achieving Goals. Glima is based around an award system of graded progress toward attaining certificates, badges, and coloured belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill and progress. As students strive toward each new goal, they learn valuable lessons about self-appraisal and setting realistic targets and applying themselves toward achieving these.

Respect. Learning Glima teaches young adults to understand the need for respect toward themselves and others. To work together to achieve progress and to recognise that they are stronger in partnership than alone. Today’s culture and icons do not always identify with respect for authority, adults or even those of greater age or experience. Glima has a philosophy grounded in the teachings found in the old norse book of wisdom 'Hávamál' and by studying Glima, students will also be learning lessons about respect for the abilities, experience, and knowledge of others alongside their techniques.

Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution. Contrary to popular belief, the Vikings were not all about fighting. Glima is an effective martial art but also teaches defensive martial art skills. In our junior classes we are teaching children and young adults peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills first, promotes friendly competition and mutual respect, and emphasising the importance of avoiding a physical conflict.

Improving Listening Skills. In order to understand the skills they are being taught to advance through the gradings and belt ranks, student must foster listening skills. Children and young adults who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in the dojo as they learn and enjoy from the experience of gaining skills in Glma.

Developing Teamwork Skills. There are many activities in the Glima class that a student has to practice on their own, whether it is learning a new technique or movement or learning how to turn correctly - this is independent learning. However, practicing techniques requires team work with one or more additional students. As a result, in order to progress, the students all learn how to help one another to develop and improve. Working together to learn new skills and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for children and young adults to learn, and instruction in Glima can help them learn that lesson.

Improvement in Other Areas of Life. The benefits of Glima training don’t end in the 'Glimuholl'. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills also help young adults navigate the academic and social aspects of school and learning, offering positive benefits to their behaviour at home and promote benefits that aids them in all-round development as they grow and expand into the adult world.