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Hurstwic Viking combat training DVD 3: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas

Hurstwic is pleased to announce the release of the third in our series of Hurstwic Viking combat training DVDs: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas. This promotional video shows some excerpts from the DVD. Explore the fighting moves that made Viking warriors feared and admired throughout Europe in the early medieval period. Whether your Viking raids aren't bringing in as much income as they once did, or you're fed up with being bullied by berserkers, we think you'll find material on this DVD to help you, and to learn more about the Viking-age people and their use of weapons. Use this DVD to step in to the mind and the world of the Norsemen.
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Ice hockey without the skates - Broomball?

Anyone passing Broadgate's open-air ice rink in the City of London may well be wondering why teams of stick-wielding bankers are spending their free time hurtling around in the battle for possession of a puck. Broomball, a sort-of ice hockey without the skates.

A thousand years ago, battle-hardened Vikings engaged in a brutal, often-deadly sport called Knattleikr. Although details of the game are mostly lost to the ages, it’s known that it was played on the frozen Icelandic countryside and that the entire villages got in on the action. Matches would begin at dawn and last until dusk, tournaments could last up to two weeks and it was not uncommon for the field to be littered with corpses when the game was over.

Today, many believe Knattleikr’s closest descendant to be broomball, a markedly less violent version of the sport. Most would agree that our modern-day broomball developed in Canada around the beginning of the 20th Century. US broomball may have originated in Duluth, Minnesota. The old-time photo that you see is courtesy of Lou Campbell the director of the Korbel broomball tourney.

The group of men would gather and play on the ice by the docks in Duluth as early as 1910. Organized broomball in Minnesota started around the 1960s. The first state championship was in 1966. Broomball in the United States started out with 10 players on the ice per team (one goalie, three defensemen, three mid linesmen, and three forwards). By 1967, the number of players was reduced to eight players per team. Some leagues still play eight-person broomball. By 1980, the rules changed to 6 players per team.

Since then, broomball has grown into a popular sport on all levels. Businesses, churches, schools and other organizations have discovered the game of broomball. It is inexpensive to play, easy to learn and fun for everyone.

Broomball is played on a lake, a pond, an ice hockey rink or the gym floor. It is played with rules and strategies similar to those of hockey. Players can wear padded sponge-rubber shoes to enhance traction on the slippery surface. The object of the game is to strike a broomball with specially designed brooms into the opponents net.

Hurstwic Viking combat sparring exercises 4: river

This is the next in a series of short videos that demonstrate and explain the sparring exercises we use in our Viking combat training at Hurstwic.

Viking combat training DVD announcement

We are pleased to announce our first DVD, Hurstwic Viking Combat Training Volume 1: The Fundamentals of Viking Training. The DVD is now available from and from other vendors. This announcement shows some excerpts from the DVD. Whether you are a beginner, or an experienced fighter, use this DVD to help you grow to become a stronger Viking fighter.

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Norwegian Vikings play the game: Knattleikr

Norwegian vikings plays the popular game from year ca. 1000: knattleik

Knattleikr highlight

An awesome Knattleikr game on a low-tide island in Cape Cod. You try to get a ball across a goal line without being pummeled by sticks. Glory moment: Seth nails Matt.

Top 10 Extinct Sports

You just need to take a gander at the calendar for the Olympic Games to see the assorted scope of sports delighted in by competitors and onlookers around the globe. Numerous games have been around for hundreds or even a great many years, and a match can draw a huge number of observers. Others might be progressively dark yet require critical expertise from participants.There are, notwithstanding, various games that were once enormously well known however which have since blurred in unmistakable quality. A large portion of these games presented genuine risk to the members, observers, and here and there the creatures in question. You've most likely known about some of these games, yet you surely don't see them being played to a similar degree as football or ball nowadays.

0:00 Pankration
0:41 Mesoamerican Ballgame
2:05 Knattleikr
2:59 Fox Tossing
3:47 Club Swinging
4:37 Naumachia
5:33 Camping
6:18 Board Track Racing
7:14 Jousting
8:14 Chariot Racing



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