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We are Hurstwic!

A YouTube video introduction to our goals, mission, and activities.

We are an informal group of people with an interest in the Viking age. We are a registered firm that provides goods and services related to the research and practice of Viking-age combat embodied in the Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training system.

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Among us, we have a range of interests and expertise in Viking-age history, mythology, religion, culture, and society. Our interest in Viking-age sagas and poems, combined with our interest in Viking-age weapons and their use that has led us to create an innovative program of research and training in Viking-age combat using a new training methodology that allows us to practice the fighting moves of the people of the sagas.

We are not re-enactors. We are not stage performers. We are not a sports team. Instead, we seek to understand and practice the fighting moves used by Viking-age warriors as seen in the historical sources, such as the Sagas of Icelanders, and confirmed in sources such as archaeological evidence and forensic evidence.

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In our training and classes, we use the Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training system, a new approach to teaching historical martial arts. We use a series of drills and exercise to teach martial fundamentals to novices, and then use expanded versions of these exercises to research and build our knowledge of Viking fighting moves. The work is physically vigorous, mentally challenging, educational, and fun.

If you think you might have an interest in practicing these arts, please join us. From time to time, we offer informal workshops and more formal classes. In addition, we hold regular training sessions three times weekly at our home base in central Massachusetts.

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If you are too far from us to join our regular training, please consider using the Hurstwic Viking combat training system with your own club, school, or group by becoming an affiliate of Hurstwic. If you have no club or school, please consider starting one, using the Hurstwic system as the basis for your training. Alternatively, we can bring a training workshop to your site, as we have done for groups in North America and in Iceland in recent years.

For more information about Hurstwic, please visit our website: http://www.hurstwic.com/

To learn more how Hurstwic came to be, read our story: the Saga of Hurstwic.

Or, contact us by e-mail at Hurstwic.


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