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 masters of the Viking Glima Federation and their credentials

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Þorsteinn Kristjánsson demonstrating Glima techniques on Lars Magnar Enoksen under the watchful eyes of Þorsteinn Einarsson. This is an informative example how the old knowledge was handed down from master to master.

Þorsteinn Kristjánsson (1901–1991) was awarded the prestigious Stefnuhorniđ or “the horn of the person who sets the standards” in 1930 which is a title only to be held by the masters of Glima. He was a master instructor in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in Iceland.

Þorsteinn Einarsson (1911–2001) was awarded the prestigious Stefnuhorniđ or “the horn of the person who sets the standards” in 1932 which is a title only to be held by the masters of Glima. He was a master instructor in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s in Iceland and was the most prominent expert in the historical evolution of Glima.

Ármann J. Lárusson (b. 1932) was Glimukongur or “Glima king” in 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967 which is the title of a true master. He was a master instructor in the 1950s and 1960s in Iceland.

Sigurđur Örn Jónsson (b. 1948) was Skjaldarhafi Ármanns or “the shield-holder of Ármann” in 1973, 1974 and 1975 which is a title only to be held by the masters of Glima. He was a master instructor in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s in Scandinavia.

Pétur Vignir Yngvason (b. 1952) was Glimukongur or “Glima king” in 1975, 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1988 which is the title of a true master. He was a master instructor in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s in Europe.

Lars Magnar Enoksen (b. 1960) was Norræn meistari or “Scandinavian champion” in 1995 which is the title of a true master. He was Svensk mästare or “Swedish champion” in1992, 1998, 2005 and 2006 which is the highest championship title of his country. Lars Magnar has been a master instructor in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s in Europe and is the most prominent expert in the historical evolution of Glima.