Tyr Neilsen
Senior Instructor

Tyr is the only master of armed and unarmed glima. He is senior instructor for the Academy of Viking Martial Arts and the Norwegian Glima Association.

Tyr is experienced in many martial arts styles and has taught various types of martial arts since 1980, in Europe, Norway and USA, and has been teaching armed and unarmed Løse-tak Glima since the early 1990's.

Tyr has trained with many world famous martial arts masters in England, France and the USA. He has trained Jeet Kune Do, Kali, and Escrima with Guro Dan Inosanto, Wing Chun Kung Fu with Sifu Nino Bernado, Savate with Professeur Salem Assli, Grappling with legend Larry Hartsell, and Shotokan Karate with Terry O'Neill (voted by Black Belt Magazine as "deadliest fighter on the planet").

Tyr started his martial arts training with Ju Jitsu in 1973, and from 2011 he has been senior instructor for Drammen Ju Jitsu Club, a member of Ju Jitsu Norway.

Tyr was first introduced to Viking swordfighting in the late 1970's in England. In 1989 he moved to Norway and began his training in Løse-tak Glima with Odd Svendsen. Since the early 1990's, Tyr has been teaching armed and unarmed Løse-tak Glima.

In 2005 Tyr was co-founder of the Viking Hærkamp group Víkvarir, and was Sverdkamp instructor there until he left in 2007.

Tyr has participated in many of the largest steel weapon re-enactments in Europe, including the Battle of Hastings. He is the only Norwegian to have taken part in the Viking/Slav battle in Wolin, Poland. This is an annual event where over 500 Viking/Slav warriors have a 'real' Viking battle with hard hits from the weapons.

In 2011, Tyr traveled over 15 thousand miles, to 9 countries in Europe and Scandinavia to document the Viking Martial Arts.

In 2013 Tyr traveled to Iceland and had exclusive time with the original Hávamál manuscript from the year 1270, for the book he co-wrote: Viking Wisdom - HÁVAMÁL - the Sayings of Odin.

In 2015 Tyr and the Academy's main instructor Andreas Sørensen were the first Norwegians to be invited to Jorvik, Europe's largest Viking festival, to demonstrate Glima - The Martial Art system of the Vikings.


Andreas ''Einherjer'' Sørensen
Main instructor

Andreas Sørensen has won the Norwegian Glima Championship an unprecedented three times: 2011/2012/2013.

Andreas has also won the Norwegian Viking Fighting Championship 2012 and 2013, the Lillestrøm Glima Cup Competition 80+ kg, and is undefeated in competition.

Andreas Sørensen is the main instructor for sport glima at the Academy of Viking Martial Arts and Norwegian Glima Association.

Andreas has trained a number of martial arts, including Ju Jitsu, BJJ, Mixed Martial Arts, Karate, Combat Glima and Sport Glima. Andreas has several belts in these systems, including Brown belt in Kyokushin Karate, Brown belt in Ju Jitsu, and is an instructor for Drammen Ju Jitsu club.

Andreas has been holding seminars and courses in self-defense along with Sensei Tyr Neilsen since 2011.

In 2015 Andreas was one of the first Norwegians to demonstrate Glima at Jorvik Viking festival.

Andreas works as an environmental therapist and is responsible for the training of other consultants in the handling of dangerous situations in the Mental health care industry.


Bjørn Braathen
Junior instructor

Bjørn Arild Braathen is junior instructor for sport glima at the Academy of Viking Martial Arts and is 3 time Norwegian Junior Løse-tak Glima Champion – 2013, 2014, 2015.

Bjørn is currently a second year student at Rosthaug Videregående Skole specializing in sports. Bjørn has Glíma as his main subject, and by doing this he has managed to get the ancient Scandinavian martial art into the Norwegian school system.

Bjørn has a blue belt in sport glima and blue belt in combat glima, as well as several years of other martial arts training with green belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has been assisting in glima demonstrations and seminars with main instructor Andreas Sørensen since 2014.


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Lars Egil Gulbrandsen
First level instructor

Lars Egil Gulbrandsen is a first level instructor for Sport Glima and Combat Glima at the Academy of Viking Martial Arts.

Lars has a blue belt in sport glima, blue belt in combat glima, and first level in Historical Viking Weapons. He also has several years of martial arts training, with a green belt in Ju Jitsu. 

Lars has been assisting in glima demonstrations with Main Instructor Andreas Sørensen and instructing basic glima since 2014.