Introductory Viking Combat Training Workshop
Hurstwic has moved out of Valhalla, our dedicated Viking combat training hall, as we change the nature of our training program. Accordingly, we are unable to offer training workshops until we secure a new facility. Contact us for more information.

Viking duel  

• Were your Viking raids unsuccessful last summer?

• Were you bullied by a berserkur at the last winter feast?

• Have you watched Vikings on television or in the movies and wondered how Viking-age people really fought and used their weapons?

Find out for yourself! Join us to learn the combat skills of medieval Europe's most fearsome warriors: the Vikings.

Viking ambush

The workshop is a vigorous 2-hour hands-on training session at Hurstwic's Viking combat training facility in Millbury, MA, USA. No experience is necessary, and all needed equipment is supplied.

In the workshop, you will:

Viking combat workshop cutting drill

Cut with a Viking sword...


and learn how to cut with power, accuracy, and control.

Viking combat workshop cutting drill
Viking combat training shield use

Defend with a Viking shield...


and use the shield offensively to punch, bash, and bind.

Viking combat training shield use

Play combative Viking-age games...


and learn about Viking-age society, history, and culture.

Grapple and explore other Viking empty-hand moves (time permitting)...


along with projectile training, and training with other Viking weapons.

Join us, and experience for yourself the fighting moves of the Vikings.


The next workshop is not scheduled. The fee for the workshop is $50. Your space must be reserved and paid for in advance. "Drop-in" students can not be accommodated, and space is limited. Students in this workshop must be 18 years or older. (We also offer workshops for younger Vikings.)

When the date has been set, you can register for the workshop using the link that will be visible to the right. For more information, or to be notified when a date is set, please contact Hurstwic.

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Please wear loose clothing and athletic footgear. All other training gear will be provided. There is a water cooler in the training room, but students may want to bring their own water to stay hydrated.

Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver form prior to training.

And please check out our public photo album here on Facebook of a recent workshop.

Viking combat training pad dill

Hurstwic researches, practices, and teaches how Vikings fought and used their weapons. We have been training and offering these introductory workshops for years at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA, USA. When the museum closed at the end of 2013, we moved our training program to our own dedicated training facility in Millbury. Here we continue our work independently.

Viking combat training cutting
Viking combat training

We meet three times each week to research and train Viking fighting skills. We offer public workshops from time to time, and we offer similar workshops and training for private groups, and as team-building exercises.

Check out our public Facebook photo albums.

More information about Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training:


General information about Hurstwic training

Hurstwic's training methodology

The story of Hurstwic: how we came to be where we are today

Viking combat training shield use


Hurstwic® Viking
Combat Training

Viking-age History

Training Shop


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