We’ve been teaching Indian clubs to kids, and one thing is clear: working on improving kids physical literacy makes them taller. Not in the physical sense, but their self esteem and self confidence grows in leaps. Especially if they are training with their parent and pick up skills faster than the adults! The Indian clubs have been used for thousand of years to prepare warriors and wrestlers. Training with the clubs involves a fantastic blend of strength, mobility, coordination, sensory processing and body awareness.
While many of our tribe members swing mainly Indian clubs to stay fit and healthy, many more also use kettlebells. Be it Girevoy sport, kettlebell marathon or just good old fashioned strength training, kettlebells, like Indian clubs, share many similarities and advantages for people who like to train at home. Both pieces of equipment are complementary for well rounded fitness and sustainable training.
We have been talking about karlakattai for at least 2 years. Our pahlavandle XL was the first club we produced inspired by this club swinging practice. So it was about time more people discovered the traditions of this ancient practice. We were lucky to talk to Karthik Vilwanathan who is studying under Sir Jothi Senthil Kannan, his “guru”, or “the one who helps remove ignorance”. Sir Jothi resides in Tamil Nadu, where he is keeping the traditions well alive with his school, workshops and book on the subject.