Seminars - Demonstrations - Workshops
The Academy of Viking Martial Arts can be contacted here for Seminars, Demonstrations, Workshops and training in armed and unarmed Glima.
There is a variety of possibilities for seminars, ranging from Sport Glima, to Self-Defense, Combat Glima, Combat Glima with modern weapons, Historical Viking Weapons.
Instructors from the Academy will teach the content, with time for students to train in the given techniques. New beginners are welcome and can train alongside intermediates and advanced students. Courses improve balance, overall strength and stamina, and understanding of fighting skills in armed and unarmed Viking fighting.
A good class consists of between 10 to 20 students. Bigger classes are maintained by more than 1 instructor. Prices vary and courses range from basic training, through intermediate, to advanced.
Viking Fighting Seminars and Workshops vary from 1 to 3 day weekend event. Example:
Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: +47 91848313
Academy instructor Andreas Sørensen and guest instructor Håkon Neil - teaching safety and security workshop. Both instructors teach from experience in safety and security professions. Andreas is also responsible for the training of consultants in the handling of dangerous situations in the Mental health care industry in Norway.
This 8 hour workshop included awareness, downplaying situations, single person techniques and team techniques, as well as interaction in training real-life scenarios.
Students had the possibility to learn and practice skills to help build self-confidence and keeping calm in stress situations. These simulations are challenging and demanding, and provide an excellent learning experience.
Knowledge & Skill technique training included:
Security Awareness. Safety Awareness. Identifying risks and threats. Identifying and implementing appropriate security measures. Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk. Defusing Conflict. Conflict Management. Dealing with aggression. Staying calm when confronted with aggression. Influencing the stress level of the aggressor. Application of Communication Skills. Negotiating a way out of a situation without losing respect. Physical Intervention. Introduction to Physical Skills. Escorting Techniques. Disengagement Techniques. Emergency Procedures. Teamwork.
It was a successful winter training camp this weekend at Combat Glima Boot Camp.
We had a weekend with sunshine, a group of great participants, lots of exercise, martial arts, enjoyment and mastery.
Day 1 of combat glima boot camp started with 2 hours indoors on the mat.
Sport Glima Instructor Andreas Sørensen took the students through fall techniques to make sure everyone could be taken down without being hurt.
This was followed with takedown techniques such as basic throws and sweeps, groundwork and pain techniques.
After lunch outdoors beside a frozen lake surrounded by a forest and mountain range, senior Instructor Tyr Neilsen showed differences and techniques of historical Viking weapons and their modern equivalent.
With hands on teaching from Tyr and Andreas, students quickly undertood and applied basic hand to hand combat glima techniques, with and without weapons. Students got to grips (literally) with stick and knife attacks and defences. As movement and coordination is vital in such situations, students were put in positions to understand the basics, such as the "Don't be there" principle, when being attacked.
Students quickly understood and applied stepping out of range, or stepping 'inside' the attack, neutralizing the attack. They understood and applied the "Block and Shock" principle, then used takedowns they had gone through on the mat. Using the glima pain techniques, students started disarming their training partners. Day 1 finished with a Viking buffet, a presentation of what it meant to be a Viking, followed by Q and A, and a few beers.
Day 2 built on what students had worked with on day 1. Attacking and defending with sticks, then hard plastic knives made their unarmed techniques much sharper. After lunch which was warmed up on a campfire, students started applying everything they had learned by defending and fighting for the weapon.
Combat glima has no fancy or unrealistic moves or techniques. Each movement is cut to the bone and effective. Learning the technique is one thing, applying it is another. For 3 hours, students attacked, defended, and fought for weapons with gritty determination. Day 2 ended with a little blood, a lot of sweat, no tears, and great humor.
Tyr and Andreas would like to thank everyone who were part of combat glima boot camp for their effort and positive attitude throughout the weekend. We look forward to seeing you at the next glima arrangement.
Til árs ok friðar
Comments from some participants at the Combat Glima Boot Camp:
"Combat Glima boot camp is one of the most intense and interesting seminars I have attended."
"Amazing martial artists and really motivating personalities. Tyr and Andreas worked in tandem to give us a good, hard look into what Viking Fighting means!"
"Thank you for this weekend, you guys are awesome!"
Anders Jarle Johansen
"The Combat Glima workshop weekend was interesting and challenging. I got just as much out of the weekend as a woman without much experience. I was outside my comfort zones, but was not uncomfortable and felt a sense of belonging to the group of strong men."
"Glima is an interesting and cool way to learn to fight or defend yourself. The way you use nature or your environment makes sense and the moves are smart and easy to understand."
"Tyr and Andreas are dangerous, incredibly talented and very charming trainers. It is clear that their interest goes far beyond the weekend course, and that their passion for glima is authentic."
"On the whole, this was a new, very good experience and I recommend everyone a Combat Glima weekend!"
''Combat Glima Winter Training Boot Camp was an extremely fun weekend, full of exciting techniques for all kinds of situations, lots of great moments and a very interesting and motivating experience.'' "I would highly reccomend it for both people with or without martial arts experience''
Lars Egil Gulbrandsen
"A fantastic great training camp, with varying program of hand-to-hand combat and self-defense, with and without weapons."
"The instructors were very competent, clever and motivating, and all honor to Tyr and Andreas for a wonderful and information rich training camp."
For the first time, Norway's own martial art of Glima, is part of the school curriculum.
Bjorn Arild Braathen, who is 3 x Junior Norwegian champion, has gotten Glima as his subject at his school - Rosthaug Videregående skole
On Monday October 7th, 3 x Norwegian Glima Champion Andreas Sørensen and senior instructor Tyr Neilsen, had a demonstration for the students in the sport line at school.
In addition, the students in 2IDA had Glima training and did a fantastic job.