Viking wrestling competition at Norways biggest Viking market !


Academy of Viking Martial Arts Sport Glima instructor, Bjørn Braathen, is responsible for the Borre Glima Championship this year. Bjørn is 3 X Junior Norwegian Glima Champion (2013, 2014, 2015), -80kg Norwegian Glima Champion, and Gudvangen Glima Champion 2017. 

Borre Vikingmarked is a fantastic arrangement. Highly authentic, with lots of traders, workshops, and entertainment, it's one of the best Viking markets in the world. 

Just as it was in the Viking Age, the glima competition will be held on a grass area, surrounded by an eager audience. This championship will have some of the best Viking wresters in Norway, as well as competitors from Europe. 


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The finals for the 2017 glima championship were held at the Kolbotn wrestling house in Oslo. The championship attracted some of the best wresters in Norway, and competitors from as far away as Bergen fought for the gold in their weight class and the open title of Norwegian Glima Champion.

This event, organized by the The Norwegian Glima Association, featured exciting matches and fantastic sportsmanship from the finalists. The final placings were:

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under 80 kg:

1. Bjørn Arild Braathen

2. Simen Stordrange

3. Mayow Maalin



over 80 kg:

1. Adrian Jahre

2. Chris West

3. John Harald Foss Fjeldbu




Open class:

1. Adrian Jahre

2. Bjørn Braathen

3. John Harald Foss Fjeldbu


By winning the open class, Adrian Jahre became Norwegian Glima Champion 2017.


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Photos courtesy of : @ScottPhoto


The Academy is especially proud of 18 year old Academy instructor in Sport Glima, Bjørn Braathen, on his winning the gold medal for his weight class, and for winning silver medal in the open class.



A Norwegian Glima Association Viking Shield and bronze plaque, was presented to Kolbotn wrestling house in recognition for holding the championship there in 2016 and 2017.

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At the Gudvangen Glima Championship this summer, the Academy was represented by 18 year old Sport Glima instructor Bjørn Braathen. Instead of fighting in his weight division, Bjørn faught in the heaviest division and won every fight !

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Although Bjørn weighs under 80 kg, he easily won every match in the over 80 kg Gudvangen Glima Championship, and won the overall title.


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                                   Norwegian Glima Championship 2016 - Front row; John harald fjeldbu (Co-arranger) Sebastian Aak (Champion 2016) Tyr Neilsen (arranger and Referee)

                                  Norwegian Glima Championship 2016 - Front row; John harald fjeldbu (Co-arranger) Sebastian Aak (Champion 2016) Tyr Neilsen (arranger and Referee)

The Norwegian Glima Championship 2016 was held in Kolbotn Wrestling House in Olso. Male and female competitors from Oslo, Bergen, Drammen and Hokksund fought in several weight divisions, then fought for the open weight category to become the undisputed Norwegian Glima Champion 2016.

Congatulations to all glima athletes for a day of exciting and hard fought competition. Congratulations to medal winners and champions of the most prominent Viking Wrestling championship in Norway. 

Sebastian Aak, Norwegian Glima Champion 2016 Men - Pernille Rojahn Oddlien, Norwegian Glima Champion 2016 Women.   


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The most prominent Viking Wrestling prize in Norway is Norges Glima Mesterskap, the Løse-tak (Loose-Grip) Norwegian Glima Championship, organized by the Norwegian Glima Association.

The Academy of Viking Martial Arts has been integral in making Glima a recognised modern sport by working with the Norwegian Glima Association regarding the Norwegian Glima Championship since 2012.

Sport glima - the ancient traditional folk wrestling from Norway and Scandinavia, can be traced back to the Viking Age. Through the work of the Academy, there has been weekly training in glima since 2009. This has led to a group of athletetes who have dominated this sport in Norway.

Apart from dominating glima competitions at Viking Festivals, students of the Academy have won several Norwegian Glima Championships, Junior Norwegian Glima Championships, and Open Glima Championships.

List of Norwegian Champions:

Roger Olav Stalheim, Norwegian Glima Champion 2009 and 2010.

Andreas Sørensen, Norwegian Glima Champion 2011, 2012 and 2013. 

John Harald Foss Fjeldbu, Norwegian Glima Champion 2014.

Mats Rolfsen, Norwegian Glima Champion 2015.

Bjørn Braathen, Junior Norwegian Glima Champion 2013, 2014, 2015.

Sebastian Aak, Norwegian Glima Champion 2016 Men - Pernille Rojahn Oddlien, Norwegian Glima Champion 2016 Women

Adrian Jahre, Norwegian Glima Champion 2017.