GlÝma is the Icelandic national style of
amateur Folk wrestling.The core of the system are eight main br÷g
(techniques), which form the basic training for approximately 50 ways to
execute a throw or takedown. Glima is a very old combative style. Certain
evidence of glima dates back to the 12th century but some descriptions of
wrestling in the Icelandic sagas and the Younger Edda makes it reasonable to
believe that the system is much older.
There are four points that differentiate it
from other forms of wrestling:
The opponents must always stand erect.
The opponents step clockwise around each other (looks similar to a waltz).
This is to create opportunities for offense and defense, and to prevent a
It is not permitted to fall down on your opponent or to push him down in a
forceful manner, as it is not considered sportsman-like.
The opponents are supposed to look across each other's shoulders as much as
possible because it is considered proper to wrestle by touch and feel rather