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Introduction to GLIMA (Nordic Wrestling) – Showcasing HEMA

August 29, 2019

Nicole Smith from blood and iron here in Watonga Oklahoma we’re here today with Danny Hoskins and briston Lowry we’re to talk about Glee MA so guys what is gleam oh well gleam is a Nordic style of wrestling that can trace its lineage back to a Viking times there are several styles of glamma we there’s loose grip there’s back hole there’s trouser grip and there’s also a self defense side of Lima my teacher grandmaster Lars Donaldson had learned this art in Iceland and is the leading authority on Viking martial culture you guys are going to show us something yes uh yeah newly master uh Bruce and Lauri and instructor my son Zane Hoskins are going to demonstrate some techniques for you today hi I’m bristan Lauer and I’ll be demonstrating some new script cleaner techniques the first technique is going to be a back throw body drop I’ll start off with a Hansel shaking my opponent’s hand gripping at the forearm then I’ll move on to my inside bicep control position from here I’m going to pummel under with my right hand and slide my right knee through I will grip at the hip squatting down getting a good position on my opponent I will lift and arch my back rotating him over as I land inside control I will go hip to hip slide up to knee on belly position and push off for the victory this next technique is going to be a headlock takedown into an escape I’ll start the headlock takedown by pivoting on my right foot and going deep over his shoulder with my right arm from here I will swing my form down hard to break his posture very important I break his posture down nice and low I do not step through with my right leg I continue to twist his head down as I push my weight and lean all my weight forward I end up in this headlock holding position here on the ground I’ll pass the arm across my face and pinch the arm to his head with my chest gripping the wrist and pushing the weight down I’ll rotate my right hand to the other side of his hip and go into north/south position from the north/south position I’ll push off for the victory this next technique is a reversal from the headlock throw my opponent is going to throw a headlock takedown I’ll grip at the hip and as these throwing me down I get my feet on the mat and I bridge hard over my left shoulder as I’m bridging and rotating my hips over I end up in the side control position he’ll be gripping hard around my neck because he doesn’t want me to escape to win so I will take my forearm and go along his jawline pushing his head away from me I keep my spine straight I try not to look down I keep looking up as I push off for the win so for all our viewers out there you have a introduction to gleam out my thanks to Danny and to bristan and to Zane for being our crash-test dummy for more information where do we go you can visit us on Facebook at Lima USA you demonstrating the backcourt body drop as is performed in do strip week so we’ll start with the handsome white pencil we end up in this inside bicep control position is a very traditional position from here okay now just a chest from here I’m going to go hip the hip I will sign up to me on belly I’m going to push off my opponent okay now I’m going to be demonstrating there what I’m going to do is I’m going to pivot on my right foot as if I was going right cross and I’m going to swing this marm deep over the shoulder and down harder so come in and swing it down okay I got it I got a break his posture as I’m doing this I’m going to continue this twisting motion without stepping through and I’m going to lunge my body weight forward I’ll sit through to kind of a headlock hold here and from here what I’m going to do is I’m going to pass the arm across and I’m going to pinch it with my weight as I’m doing that I’ll take the arm control I’m going to swing my right one on to the other side of his hip all right not in kind of a north-south position here I need to get my weight back and push off okay so now I’m going to be demonstrating the reversal to the bridge here it’s important I keep my feet on the back my bridge over my left shoulder from here is probably my neck from the top so I’m going to do is I’m going to go along the jawline with my wrist and hand I’m the site activity on side of the torso from here I keep my science lady cross you off to bring grip push off

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  • Reply Jon De Oliveira May 4, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Finally, we are getting some western martial arts.

  • Reply Lttlemoi May 4, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Really interesting concept of winning. Are there any other wrestling disciplines like this? I ask here because I know absolutely nothing on the subject.

  • Reply Nich Adams May 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Very neat.

  • Reply Jim Giant May 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Bout time a HEMA channel uploaded some grappling.

  • Reply TheFilthyCasual May 4, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Very interesting.
    I can easily see this applied to battlefield combat.

  • Reply superdruid999 May 4, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    looks very similar to modern day wrestling with some differences. pretty cool.

  • Reply superdruid999 May 4, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    also like the fact that with the position you end up with on the ground you can easily transition to jointlocks or chokes

  • Reply Jennifer D. May 5, 2016 at 2:24 am

    I would so get tickets to the Arnold's (a sports competition/ exhibition in Columbus, OH created by Arnold Schwarzenegger) if HEMA and GLIMA were part of it!

  • Reply Noah Rudebeck May 5, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Zane would have had a shirt but I accidentally ripped in it our match prior to the making of this video haha

  • Reply GeorgeofGondor2 May 5, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    First move and some others look very similar to pangration moves. Is there any connection?

  • Reply thorff1 May 5, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    This is super interesting. Most other defensive martial arts I can think of use some variation on submission as the win condition, but GLIMA seems far more defensive in that your goal is to put the opponent down and then escape.

    Love the videos yinz upload! Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Apocalyptic Knights May 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Similar idea to Greco-Roman wrestling, both coming from an age of extensive melee wars.

  • Reply Brave Fencer Ian May 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Really cool! Scared of wrestling, but excited to eventually learn and become more rounded!

  • Reply Seven Day May 13, 2016 at 7:28 am

    1.5 and then 1.4… That's a bit out of order, ain't it? Something get messed up somewhere?

  • Reply Kevin Goggi August 2, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    it looks like bjj but without the finishing move, just leave the guy on the floor and get the hell out of there to avoid any other probable atacks from different source

  • Reply Hayden Lewis August 7, 2016 at 12:20 am

    how does one start a HEMA club? I have background in MMA, catchwrestling, judo, Filipino Martial arts, and hapkido

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  • Reply Matthew Millar September 28, 2016 at 4:46 am

    That's a like. GLIMA looks totally brutal! Interesting rules, neat concept.

  • Reply Claus Skøtt Christensen November 27, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Lars Enocksen did these boys a disservice teaching them those løsetag moves. Lars is a bit infamous for making stuff up as he goes, and these techniques are great for self-defense but problematic if you plan to win an actual løsetag match. The whole point of the old løsetag throws is that you remain standing and make your opponent fall away from you so they can't grab a hold of your waist, legs or arms on the way down. According to my trainer, the match isn't supposed to continue on the floor at all – and indeed if the throws are executed properly, no floor combat is necessary. (… this is a style quibble, mind, as I'm sure those guys could win a match. I'm just also fairly certain that they are making it harder than it needs to be.)

  • Reply irish drunkhound March 10, 2017 at 4:53 am

    is there any Glima academies in Colorado?

  • Reply Dylan U April 22, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I don't have fb. but.. I'm an Odinist. Glima is new to me but I'm really interested. anyone you know do this in Maine? or New England?

  • Reply ChamorruWarrior April 27, 2017 at 12:08 am

    As a BJJ/MMA guy, this is very interesting to me. The concept of the winner being the one who lands a throw and disengages from a dominant position brings up some interesting thoughts and theories to me. I would assume that the reason that is how you win the match is because in war the person who ends up getting slammed the ground and can't get back up fast enough would just get trampled and stabbed etc. Grappling is so strange because it's SO similar, like, I've learned literally all of these techniques, however, every art has it's own flavor to it that just lets you know these arts have history.

  • Reply Caramel Johnson May 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Oh god, that poor kid. The other dude was at least twice his weight.

  • Reply Inquisitor May 13, 2017 at 2:54 am

    hey I'd like to learn glima but I love in cedar rapids Iowa. what do I do??

  • Reply samprastherabbit July 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    So, these glima instructors don't give a toss about injuring their training partners on a hard lino floor & eschew using training mats.
    No thanks.

  • Reply anathamon July 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Cool video. Almost entirely opposite ruleset from traditional Scottish backhold wrestling.

  • Reply Mom’s Spaghetti September 8, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Looks efficient and sounds efficient if Vikings developed it but can you show me it used against a style that’s credible??? I mean it has lots of similar techniques but rather than demonstrating on another Nordic wrestling guy get an “American” (Greco-Román) wrestler to grapple, or a BJJ guy, or a sambo guy, or a judoka. You know

  • Reply Technus September 10, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    4:50 look at that beast takedown

  • Reply Valor Boyd September 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    This is just wrestling

  • Reply Ben Tyrer November 11, 2017 at 1:43 am

    I have heard two claims: one, that Glima can trace its heritage all the way back to viking times.
    Two: that Glima was invented in the 1900s, making it a modern martial art. My question is this: what evidence is there for Glima being as old as its practitioners purport?

  • Reply Harshhaze November 12, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    This stuffs awesome, the only issue is that opponents wouldn't stand still or be very nice when you try to execute these takedowns, but eh, that applies to all martial arts. I can't wait to drink some mead

  • Reply Warrior-Scholar November 14, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Where do you get that runic rash guard, that thing is awesome.

  • Reply Warrior-Scholar November 14, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Also, nice salto.

  • Reply America December 5, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Looks fun enough.

  • Reply DaSticksanStonesClub December 6, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Could we possibly get more? I love this kind of stuff

  • Reply Ryne Agheilim December 26, 2017 at 6:40 am

    The goal is to put your opponent on the ground and get away before they can recover.

    Hmmm … kinda like proof that the Vikings are not savage brutes.

  • Reply Leaf Pratt March 1, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Why Oklahoma of all places

  • Reply KaîÇee Crane March 7, 2018 at 1:56 am

    This is just basic wrestling. You're from Oklahoma, you should know that

  • Reply dankdamundi April 9, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Feel bad for those guys. That floor wasnt padded

  • Reply MyViolador May 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    missed step 1: get drunk on mead before glima

  • Reply Alexander Hewitt June 23, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    PLEASE make more of these videos. Theyre the only ones of their kind about Glima and I would love to see more

  • Reply panda qu October 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    So did the vikings have another art to teach submissions or did they just not know how to submit someone

  • Reply Unalamasinyasee October 14, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    This is excellent

  • Reply Cessatio Lux October 19, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Fight like a viking. Nice. I hear that however, in Løsetag matches you cannot touch the ground without losing the match. So this is definitely combat oriented.

  • Reply Ou†sider ‡ October 25, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Wow I’d love to learn this and combine it with Jui jitsu in self defense situations. I can see this being very useful in street fights, especially the first two!

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  • Reply Coronal February 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Very very nice

  • Reply Laurence A February 26, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Very nice.

  • Reply Rodolfo Reis de Paulo May 1, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Super! Very nice and easy to learny

  • Reply daniel wakeley May 18, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I love his face when she said crash test dummy!

  • Reply Bjorn Odinsson May 22, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I really want to learn Glima and more about the style. Please reply with some links or maybe someone I can get in touch with as I’m an amateur mma fighter. Thanks ahead of time! 🙂

  • Reply Im Phanta May 26, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I love the concept of breaking away freely. It makes it very clear who won all the while not making it about beating the shit out of an enemy.

  • Reply Waylork Skudz June 22, 2019 at 3:41 am

    easy techniques against lesser men. not easily to lift a full sized man off the ground

  • Reply Alice W June 27, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    That's what I wanted to see was the bridge hip pivot, to gain upward position from the headlock takedown.

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