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.

The Viking Glima Federation Hall of Fame

Jóhannes Jósefsson

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This picture was taken 1908 when Jóhannes Jósefsson, who was Glima king 1907 and 1908, had made the decision to travel out in the world and challenged all comers in Combat Glima. Note the confident look of this great master.

Jóhannes Jósefsson (1883–1964) was a great fighter and toured the world between the years 1908–1927 with his Glima show where he challenged all who wanted to fight him in Combat Glima. Jóhannes Jósefsson was so great in his art that at the end of his reign as champion people were allowed to use weapons in their attacks. He was never conquered in Combat Glima and it is a well known fact within the Glima community that he was a real Berserker.

Jóhannes Jósefsson travelled to Europe, Russia and South and North America. He was often challenged by martial artists who were masters in different styles, but when it came to fighting a real Berserker they did not stand a chance. He was often engaged by the local police or the army to teach Combat Glima and without a doubt some of his teaching has survived in self-defence techniques all over the world. Many of the techniques of Jóhannes Jósefsson became forbidden in Sports Glima already around 1912, but it did survive and is known nowadays as “dangerous Glima” or “illegal techniques” and is the basis for Combat Glima.

Photo: This picture was taken 1908 when Jóhannes Jósefsson (Glima king 1907 and 1908) had made the decision to travel out in the world and challenged all comers in Combat Glima. Note the confident look of this great master.