A Northern European Martial Arts System

What is the Krigarenve? The Krigarenve is a Northern European martial arts form (or Western Martial Art), drawing on over 25 years of personal martial arts experience in many Western, fighting styles. Using this practical knowledge and over ten years of in depth research we have created a modern functioning, realistic martial art system developed from the practices and techniques of our northern European ancestors, whose traditions, techniques, tactics and over all fighting arts styles can be traced back as far as the Gaul (a large country of Celtic or Germanic tribes that inhabited the European land mass next to the Roman Empire) of 900BC. But what is a martial art? By definition a martial art is extensive systems of codified practices and traditions of combat that are practiced for a variety of reasons, including combat, self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, as well as mental, physical and spiritual development. The term martial art has become heavily associated with the fighting arts of eastern Asia, but was originally used in regard to the combat systems of Europe as early as the 1550s. An English fencing manual of 1639 used the term in reference specifically to the "Science and Art" of swordplay. The term is ultimately derived from Latin, martial arts being the "Arts of Mars," the Roman god of war. The Krigarenve is most well known and represented historically in the hand-to-hand fighting and grappling skills of the Germanic and Celtic tribes of ancient Europe (I.E. The Vikings), but shares similar roots as Pankration, the original Olympic wrestling, being developed fighting both with and against the ancient Greeks and Persians.

We noticed that many Western Martial arts systems were lacking a complete style. Relegated to Folk wrestling, modern fencing and references to archaic systems. Many people wanting to train in the martial arts look to their own heritage and history first. Without a clear choice most interested persons usually became engaged with an Eastern martial arts style. Starting with the need for a system based on the long martial traditions in Europe, and with great interest in the history of the Vikings and ancient Germanic tribes of Northern Europe, the groundwork for a new system was in place. The Krigarenve was born, and people would now have a Northern European martial arts option proven in battle, much longer then most Eastern styles. Giving a person the option to learn a proven martial arts style without having to submerge yourself in Eastern or Asian philosophies or traditions, which some people find uncomfortable.

This is not to say that the Eastern Martial Arts do not offer many useful skills or to say that Krigarenve is superior in any of its techniques, as a mater of fact the Eastern Arts are very useful and well developed. Many of the Krigarenve Technique are very similar to other martial arts' techniques. Similarly styled techniques are very common from one fighting art to another, all fighting arts are based on the principal of manipulating the opponents body as efficiently as possible to defeat them. These physics are limited by the constraints of the human form, so it is only logical that any people studying the human body for this exploitation are going to come to similar conclusions and experiences.

For those who are interested in viewing a partial listing of the historical documents, from written sources to ancient illustrations on pottery, that helped us develop the Krigarenve they are available on our Literature page of this website.


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