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    Glima (Viking wrestling)

    Just found out about Glima today. It's a Viking wrestling system with an apparently unbroken lineage. The videos below are loose grip Glima, there's 3 other styles which I haven't looked in to yet.

    They encourage BJJ practioners, wrestlers and judoka to participate in their tournaments so must be pretty confident in their skills.

    The most unusual thing about it is how you win.

    You win by taking your opponent to the ground and getting to your feet and away to a safe distance which is a really great skill for self defence.




    #2
    Hmmm....
    I always thought that Viking wrestling was belt wrestling, going for the throw to win.
    Much like Mongol wrestling, Korean Ssireum, and Sumo.
    In some of the Norse myth poems,
    we are told that when Thor grappled the Crone in the Hall of UtGard-Loki,
    the match was decided when the Crone
    (who was really Death Disguised by UtGard-Loki to look like an Old Woman)
    forced Thor to one knee to win the match.

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      #3
      Originally posted by WFMurphyPhD View Post
      Hmmm....
      I always thought that Viking wrestling was belt wrestling, going for the throw to win.
      Much like Mongol wrestling, Korean Ssireum, and Sumo.
      In some of the Norse myth poems,
      we are told that when Thor grappled the Crone in the Hall of UtGard-Loki,
      the match was decided when the Crone
      (who was really Death Disguised by UtGard-Loki to look like an Old Woman)
      forced Thor to one knee to win the match.
      Belt wrestling is another style of Glima.

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        #4
        http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=86116

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          #5
          Last edited by Dr. Gonzo; 5/04/2016 8:29pm, .

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            #6
            I have heard of the belt wrestling but not any sort of submission wrestling as well, while I think one might be able to make the unbroken claim on the belt wrestling the submission grappling certainly looks more um well yeah

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              #7
              I've also only heard of Glima as a belt wrestling style. Iceland's national sport is a belt wrestling style simply called Glima.

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                #8
                funny you bring this up, I had myself been wondering how approaches to combat would change under a ruleset where victory is achieved by throwing/knocking and opponent down and escaping to some distance before they regain their feet.

                Another thing I had been wondering about is the self defense applications of rugby.

                The thoughts are clearly not unrelated.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Guird View Post
                  funny you bring this up, I had myself been wondering how approaches to combat would change under a ruleset where victory is achieved by throwing/knocking and opponent down and escaping to some distance before they regain their feet.

                  Another thing I had been wondering about is the self defense applications of rugby.

                  The thoughts are clearly not unrelated.
                  I think it's a really good victory condition. In hindsight I'm surprised there's no other martial arts which work like that (that I'm aware of at least).

                  I'm sure rugby is great for take down defence, toughness and overall athleticism. Rugby players may well have a better base to start learning grappling than any other field sport but it still doesn't mean they're automatically going to do well grappling.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Jim Giant View Post
                    I think it's a really good victory condition. In hindsight I'm surprised there's no other martial arts which work like that (that I'm aware of at least).
                    If you wanna learn to fight you learn Sambo, Bjj, Wrestling, kickboxing, boxing or Judo. If you wanna learn to run from a fight you take french classes.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Jim Giant View Post
                      Rugby players may well have a better base to start learning grappling than any other field sport but it still doesn't mean they're automatically going to do well grappling.
                      Well yes I realize that, but I wasn't talking about being good at grappling, I was talking about being good at running away from people who want to hurt you and may or may not flank/surround you.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Guird View Post
                        Well yes I realize that, but I wasn't talking about being good at grappling, I was talking about being good at running away from people who want to hurt you and may or may not flank/surround you.
                        I think more importantly is the fact that if your even semi-serious about rugby, you're large and strong and are usually out drinking with lots of large and strong people who can take a hit

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Jim Giant View Post
                          In hindsight I'm surprised there's no other martial arts which work like that (that I'm aware of at least).
                          Kabaddi comes close to simulating the art of escape.

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                              #15
                              Mr. Mackan,

                              Thank you for sharing your perspective as a man on the ground in Sweden and around the other areas in question.

                              Is it fair to say that regular Amateur (freestyle, Greco-Roman) Wrestling was common in the Scandinavian countries,
                              With plenty of Judo enthusiasts,
                              And a minority with a historical interest in traditional Viking belt wrestling,
                              And then a smaller fringe minority (a few old guys I would guess) that might have had knowledge of catch wrestling holds,
                              Other illegal in regular wrestling tricks,
                              And had an interest in unregulated holds type submissions?

                              In the US we also had such people, particularly from the Carival wrestling circuit or the rare pro wrestler that happened to have been trained by one of the real submission men.
                              And we had some wrestlers who cross competed in Sambo, and a few Judo submission specialists.
                              But it was a very, very small community due to the unpopularity of real submission matches in the US during the period following World War II, when television mainstreaming made showy style pro wrestling more popular up through the UFC,
                              Which made Jiu-Jitsu popular in both Brazil and the US.

                              Ironically, prior to the UFC, Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil was also a fairly small community,
                              Much, much smaller than the Judo community was in Brazil prior to the UFC.

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