The club is the oldest tool in history, present through myth and legend and in the hands of heroes since the dawn of civilization.
Early Vedic art depicts the Gods with Clubs in their hands, and the legend flows that the club was given to man to make man more like the Gods.
Many of the old time strong men and physical culture icons used the Indian Club as a mainstay of their training regimens. While the moniker “Indian Club” has been a common term used to describe the smaller British style clubs, the clubs in India are actually large in general, and often called “Jori”. There are also club swinging traditions present in many other cultures. For instance, the Persian “Meel”, the Russian “Bulova”.
No matter what you call the tool, a club is a club. The British Colonial forces, having seen the Indian constabulary training with the clubs, and noting the fine physical development of the men, incorporated the use of the clubs, and brought them from India as their Empire spread through the world, there has been a rich tradition of club turning interwoven in physical culture ever since.
The Swedish and German Gymnastic traditions were also instrumental in furthering the spread of club turning as a means of building and maintaining fine physical health and wellness. In the Swedish Movement Cures of the early 19th and 20th centuries the lighter clubs were pivotal points in the protocols used to develop mobility and stability in the joints and promote grace and power in their movements. The German traditions used more of the heavier clubs, and promoted a more physically demanding, yet still rewarding method of utilizing the club as a tool to develop strength and fluid, powerful movement.
James has studied many methods, and is a Certified Indian Club Specialist in the Thomas System of club turning. Having been coached personally by Dr Ed Thomas, and has assisted Dr Thomas in teaching other physical culture enthusiasts the use and practice of club swinging. Dr. Thomas encouraged James to continue spreading the knowledge and now he is bringing this to the public at large via Practitioner and Certified Instructor workshops.
James brings a unique and well versed perspective to the art and science of club swinging.
He can develop and structure a program that will suit your or your organizations needs and goals and can give instruction to up to 50 people at once. (James can actually teach as many people as are willing to learn, using the methods of the old-time physical culture instructors and Military model of training, but 50 is a reasonable limit for a room )
James is also a distributor of the MotionRX clubs, a high quality line of Talc reinforced Polymer Clubs that are made in the USA. The clubs manufactured by MotionRX are of superior quality, they have excellent balance and feel, consistent dimensions, and are very durable (I have lost grip on a pair and watched them go under the wheels of a city bus, and come out the other side with only a few nicks, yet still serviceable, those clubs are still in daily use)
Who can benefit from Indian Club Swinging?
Racquet Ball Players
and any athlete or person that wants full, unimpeded use of their arms through their full range of motion.
Any one who wants to increase or develop better range of motion at the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hands
coordination of the arms, hands and eyes
proprioceptive enhancement (move better, feel better, live better longer with less effort)
fine motor skill
The circular motions and the myriad variety that can be brought to the use of the clubs leaves one person, with 2 light clubs, with a lifetime of exercises that can be constantly varied.
The use of 2 clubs, with one side of the body performing a motion that differs from the other leads to greater neuro-plastic development. You can actually become smarter and gain greater cognitive abilities, stave off the effects of old age and genetics.
In short if you want to be
Stronger, Faster, Smarter, More Coordinated, More Graceful, More Powerful, and do all of this with a couple of simple tools that require less than 20 minutes of practice a day, then the Indian Club may be just what you are looking for.
Call or email James today to schedule a consultation, or to have James come and demonstrate the use of the clubs. He can travel or connect via webinars to speak about the history and use of the clubs, and to do “Lunch and Learn” sessions for your school, workplace, or organization.