Important statement

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The official statement by the
Viking Glima Federation

In the last twenty years Lars Magnar Enoksen has worked closely with the five masters of Glima in order to set the standards needed to become an instructor or a master of Glima.

These standards proclaim that Glima is an old martial art with strong traditions of the North, and mastery can only be acquired from the recognized masters of the art.

Those, who practice Glima are considered to be the guardians of an unbroken tradition which can be traced back to Viking age Scandinavia, and they are very proud of this fact.

Only those who are awarded the official certificate signed and approved by the Viking Glima Federation and its masters are regarded as authorized instructors in this art.

The certificate of Viking Glima Federation clearly states the level of the instructors and which style/styles of Glima they are practicing.

Combat Glima

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Combat Glima—only for the brave.
Attacking the opponent’s head is the main object in Combat Glima.

The Combat Glima is the most brutal and efficient style of Glima, but it is always practised with the honourable attitude that characterizes the training-sessions of the Viking martial arts. The aim with Combat Glima is to be the fighter standing when the other fighter is lying down on the ground. If both fighters fall to the ground, the aim is to wrestle your way free and stand up as quickly as possible. The fight continues as long as the two fighters are within reach of each other.

This means that if the fighter lying down can reach the leg of the fighter standing up, the fight continues. This style was practised as a preparation for battle when a warrior loses his weapons or is forced to the ground and must fight his way back to a standing position. The reason for standing up as quickly as possible if you are forced to the ground by an enemy is obvious if you are dealing with many enemies. This should be understandable for those who are familiar with how a street-fight looks like nowadays.

When the fight starts in Combat Glima, both fighters must be in reach of each other. If a fighter does not want to fight and keeps away from his/her opponent, the game is lost because of cowardly behaviour. Any moves that can make an opponent fall to the ground is allowed, but both fighters must show respect for the other fighter’s well being and are not supposed to injure each other in the fight. This means that the fighters must be aware and show acceptable control in the heat of action.

Go for the legs
If you can not reach the head - go for the legs!
Photo by Leif-Arne Furevik