Indian clubs routine, flow and complexes

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What is an Indian clubs routine, compared to flow or complex? All these words are used pretty much interchangeably on social medias, where everyone seem to have their definition.

If you run Indian clubs classes, you should have clear concepts and ideas!

Let me explain the differences, and show you some examples. I refer to swinging 2 light Indian clubs in this article, but this could be applied to Persian meels or single heavy club.

In essence, these 3 terms refer to a type of training lets us use our creativity, instead of performing several separate exercises for a predefined number of repetitions or length or time.

What is an Indian clubs complex?

A complex is simply a combination of exercises stringed together in an organized order. You do not rest or change weights until you are done with all the exercises.

Usually a complex is brief in duration with few exercises, but it can be repeated for time or rounds as a loop.

In strength training, the term “complex” is attributed to Istvan Javorek, a Romanian coach, who made it popular in the 1960’s. I have described the original 6 exercise complex in a previous post.

In this video I demonstrate the Don Quijote complex. At the simplest level of skill, it has 4 exercises, and is performed in both directions.

To learn the more advanced exercises, check out our Club swinging 104 video.

As mentioned above, you could do this complex for time or repetitions.

What is an Indian club flow?

A flow can be described as an exploration of random movements without rules or restrictions, only guided by creative imagination in the moment. Whatever goes through your mind and feel good is fair game!

It’s basically free play, and no 2 flows will be the same.

Check out the Flowing Dutchman free flowing with the Pahlavandle in extended mode, and fat grips.

What is an Indian clubs routine?

An Indian clubs routine is basically an organized and choreographed flow that can be repeated and taught to other people.

A routine can be anywhere from one to a few minutes.

I developed and taught the following routine once a week for several years for our club members. Each year we added new elements in the form of more complex transitions or footwork. This is the third version. It could still be expended upon!

Even though I knew the routine inside out, the hardest part for me in the start was to call out the moves while demonstrating them. But like anything else, practice makes hard things easy!

Coming up with the routine and teaching it to other people are 2 different things though. We all learn at different rates, so you need plenty of patience.

First practice all the swings separately.
Then breakdown the routine in several short and simple blocks. Just practice that.

Next, start linking a few blocks together to create longer elements.
Eventually, you’ll have the whole thing.

By that stage, you won’t have to think much about what comes next, your body will guide you, and you will experience the wonderful feeling of flow state!

The rhythmic and repetitive patterns of club swinging are highly meditative and calm the nervous system. You’ll feel more grounded and refreshed than a cup of espresso!

Hopefully you now can see how a complex might be used as a starting block for a longer routine, or a even lead you to forget yourself and flow into a free play session.

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