“Loose or free grip” is what Lausatok a Scandinavian combat form literally means when translated. This “grappling” combat form is said to have originated from Norway. Furthermore, this style of combat is essentially another version of “Glima”, and is said to be extremely popular throughout Norway, Europe, and North America. In addition, the use of Lausatok as a combat form was banned in Iceland for about 100 years. It is also considered to be an extremely “aggressive” style of wrestling.
a. History/origin of the Lausatok:
According to the cultural history of Norway, it was during the “Viking era” that this form of wrestling known as “Lausatok” was first developed. Since the Vikings were travelers they combined elements belonging to several forms of combat to eventually create a wrestling style which was referred to as “Laustok”. Apparently, this combat form is said to be a version of the Glima style of wrestling. Furthermore, it was in a Viking poem written by a Norwegian poet named Bragi Boddason and Kveldúlfr Bjálfason that “Glima” as a form of wrestling first mentioned. In addition, an Icelandic text known as Prose Edda also mentions the “Glima” form of wrestling.
b. Weapon used in the Laustok:
The “hands and legs” of the fighter is mainly used as a weapon in this form of combat.
c. Technique involved in the Laustok and training availability:
In terms of technique, the Laustok combat form basically involves the use of “grappling” technique. And so moves such as strikes, kicks, chokes, and joint locks are mainly used in this form of combat. In addition, the form of striking used in this style of combat involves the use of open palm rather than punching i.e. closed fist. Furthermore, weapons such as sword, axe, spear, stick, and knife may also at times be used. As for training centers/schools, there are few available in countries such as Norway, Europe, and North America for those interested in learning this “grappling” combat form.
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