Our story

My name is Ron Bader, co-owner and founder of Heroic Sport.

I am an inventor, with a strong interest in alternative building construction and sustainability.

In 2009, I  fell down from a scaffolding. Broken back, hyper extended neck, multiple skull fractures, coma, brain damage and a long and painful recovery… The loss of muscle mass together along with the list of injuries made it almost impossible to sleep.  

I needed a training program that would effectively bring me back to my former self, something that would activate my brain and build muscle. 

After meeting Thierry Sanchez in 2013, I started making, testing and developing Indian clubs. 

I have since become a true believer of this discipline, and feel now it’s time for everyone to try it too.
Heroic Sport, an approach based on 2500 years old training techniques, has turned my life around! 

Our vision is to reintroduce the ancient art of club swinging to the general public, and keep it affordable.

The circular swings stretch the connective tissues, and put gentle traction on the joints to gently increases mobility, flexibility, and overall well being. The complex patterns enhance motor skills and coordination. Club swinging becomes a form of meditation in motion, or Taiji with weights.

Traditional wooden Indian clubs are beautiful but can be expensive, which prevents some people from ever starting this amazing discipline. In contrast, our Pahlavandle™ is a simple and affordable handle that can be used with any soda pop bottle. 

We can also teach you the basics and more.

Much of the content you can find online to learn how to swing Indian clubs is either random, too complex or irrelevant. That’s why we created different video programs, with progressions that make sense for totally new beginners and more advanced levels, using our long teaching experience.

My name is Thierry Sanchez, and I graduated with a strength training diploma with DIF, the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark. 

In 2010, I represented Denmark at the IGSF kettlebell world championships and won both a gold and silver medal. I established the Danish Kettlebell Sport organization in 2012, and was also vice president for the International Kettlebell Marathon Federation for 3 years.

Practicing complex skills is something that has always appealed to me, and I love the meditative effect of my practice with Indian clubs. I dedicated a lot of my time to reading, applying, experimenting and teaching people how to swing.

The information in our video tutorials is based on my many years’s teaching experience. I have taught workshops and group training classes since 2010, working with everyday people, kids and athletes at my local club, team building events, fitness centers and schools.

I truly believe that many people can benefit from this ancient and nearly forgotten art. This is the reason why I decided to be part of Heroic Sport. 

Club swinging  goes back to ancient Persia and India. Warriors swung clubs, lifted shields and trained with other weapon replicas to improve their strength and skills.

The name “Varzesh-e pahlavani” means Heroic Sport,  an ancient method to improve strength, agility, mobility, coordination and increase mindfulness. The pahlavan was a warrior, but also a role model and leader for his community. 

Indian clubs were brought back to Europe from India by the Brits in the 19th century. They were used as a way to improve strength, posture and re-balance the body from the issues of a less physically active lifestyle.

Around 1850, Indian clubs made it to the USA, where a strong interest in a “sound mind in a sound body” helped make them very popular.
Large institutions, like schools and the Military, civic organizations, like the Turners and Sokols, and even Queen Victoria swung Indian clubs. 

Today, physiotherapists, athletes and everyday people are rediscovering the benefits of club swinging. 

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