KARLAKATTAI | PART OF TAMIL HISTORY
Karlakattai, or Indian club swinging is an ancient holistic Tamil practice to develop healthy mind in a healthy body. 6 specific types of clubs are used according to the user and their occupation.
Out of the 64 types of Karlakattai suttrus (swings) in Tamil culture, only 4 are done with double clubs. 10 of those swings are done with both hand on a single club. The rest are done single handed, often time switching hands from side to side as 1 repetition.
3 ESSENTIAL SAFETY TIPS
- Always inspect your equipment before you train.
- Always take a 360 degree space check around you before you start your workout, as clubs can hit things or fly out of your grip.
- Always train within your capacities, listen to your body, and use common sense.
THICK GRIP TRAINING
As much as you probably want to swing this club right now, be patient and train with lighter and thinner handle clubs to build up your tendon and ligament resilience.
The traditional recommendation is to start with a club that weighs no more than 1/16 of your own bodyweight for 6 months, before swinging thick grip clubs and heavier clubs.
You must condition your grip progressively, and never jump into training exclusively with thick handles, or you’ll set up yourself for an injury.
THE SCANDINAVIAN TOUCH
Like all our other wooden Indian clubs, our Karlakattai is a beautiful and classy addition to your collection and workout space.
At Heroic Sport, we bridge the gap between traditional and modern club swinging. This club is a hybrid karlakattai, inspired from 2 designs (kai karlai and pudi karlai), which offers many possibilities for full body training in a more modern context.
Mahogany is one of the wood types traditionally recommended for the manufacture of karlakattai. The thick mahogany handle forces your whole hand to fully engage on each swing, and greatly challenges grip strength.
Unlike many clubs, the pommel is very small to respect the structural alignment of your wrist.
Big pommels get in the way for this type of club swinging which involves a lot of cross cutting movements.
The reason you find big pommels on other clubs, like Persian meels or Indian joris, is that those clubs have a very specific purpose, and mostly used for doing back circles, where the pommel does not get in the way.
MADE BY HAND WITH A SUSTAINABLE MINDSET
We make those clubs by hand, from start to finish in Denmark, and ship them directly to you.
Ron has been turning all of our wooden Indian clubs since 2013, in his workshop, right here in Southern Denmark.
Thierry contributes to the development of the shape, weight, dimension, overall design of all of our Indian clubs.
We source sustainable materials and reclaim hardwoods destined for the burning pile or landfill. You can therefore expect variations in wood tones compared to the pictures on display.
Our wooden Indian clubs are finished with natural Danish oil for the best non slippery feel possible.
You can care for your club by oiling it from time to time. The traditional oil mixture for karlakattai is 3 parts castor oil and 1 part neem oil. Wipe off with a rag and leave to cure for a few hours.