Viking Trainings and Garrisons Range up and down the UK, France, Germany, and beyond.
In the UK Alone we host 3 Viking training locations, with Viking Re-enacment training in London, Kent, and Nottingham.
Without good quality, regular training (Viking Training) we are unable to maintain our high standards. Any Viking reenactor wishing to be a part of the Ulflag will need to train with us beforehand. We use a form of steel mixed martial arts called Ninheim. Ninheim Which was developed and refined by Qanun our Head Training officer. In simple terms, its an evolved form of the legendary JomsViking fight system which was created by Mike Haywood (Thorgeir) and Phillip Burthem (Ulf-Eirik). The System focuses on a balance of strength, speed and skill, allowing the warrior to be deadly with their finesse and realistic as we can while slaying ones foes, in the plethora of different styles across the world in Viking Re-enactment.
The Jomsviking System was the gold standard and has been taught, adopted and imitated across the planet:
All these and many more countries have benefited from over 30 years of experience from this dynamic.
From here Ninheim was born, which expands further on this 30 years of teaching, and taking base principles and concepts from HEMA manuscripts and Eastern Martial arts to expand on our Viking fighting technical skill.
In terms of what you will learn, The JomsViking system developed in the 80’s – 90’s was “The Gold standard”. The new Gold standard, is Ninheim, which encompasses the importance of Biomechanics and principles from the sword and weapon fighting greats of history.
Biomechanics are an important factor of what we try to achieve in steel mixed martial arts, with this we try to re-create individual fighting styles which compliment your size, weight, speed, and what works best for you to be an effective warrior.
We place emphasis on the weapon being used like a real blade, for example, kills with the flat part of the blade are frowned upon and generally aren’t considered a worthy strike which could fatally wound someone, the blade itself is a weapon which is designed to cut, Viking re-enactors call it “To kill with character”, and to avoid techniques which are designed to allow you to win to a set of rules, rather than fight with the true intention of the blade.
Training starts very simply using wooden wasters, and takes around 4-8 weeks (usually) to pass "basic training".
During this process you will be taught by training officers who have decades of experience in this martial art. We start by teaching foot work, and basic techniques to get your body used to fighting in our fight system. Eventually you progress on to light sparring and the principles of safety when fighting, such as hunting spears, fighting Dane Axes and more.
After basic training,
You are then thrown into the main hall, where you fight just like anyone else, take part in exercises to improve your fighting, and train in a range of situations such as one versus one, or group fights which can work up to 20 people fighting 20 people (line fights).
You will learn:
Team work / team building.
Construction workshops on how to build gloves, clothes, shields and more.
Sword and blade techniques to honour your ancestors.
This however is just the beginning, before you know it, you will be travelling around the world, fighting in viking fortresses and iron age villages, taking part in battles all over the country, and perhaps even the odd bit of movie work or fighting onstage for bands to boot!