Jori Clubs at Suria Akhara
Jori Clubs at Suria Akhara are large, tall and bulky, the height often reaching mid chest, roughly the same length as a Gada. Training for swinging Jori Clubs involves a lot of single handed Gada Mace work first for warming up, usually starting with twenty 360 type swings over each shoulder, first using a 10kg, 15kg and 20kg Gada. Once this has been done the athlete progresses to Jori Clubs using the same weights as the Gadas, but now everything is doubled up using two clubs.
Have you ever wondered how the JORI Clubs are loaded onto the shoulders? See the video at the bottom of this page.
First or Partner Method
You can get a training partner to help you.
Second or Elevated Method
Stand on a small narrow brick wall, wide enough for placing one foot in front of the other. The wall has to be narrow so the clubs won’t hit it when swung up and onto the shoulders.
You have to be able to swing the clubs backward and forward once or twice and then up and load them onto the shoulders. Leap from the wall with the clubs loaded on the shoulders, re-balance and continue swinging the clubs on the dirt floor.
Third ELEVATED WOBBLE and LEAP method
The first prerequisite is an uneven dirt floor, plus a fairly large stone that will not lie flat and wobbles when stood on. The rest is straightforward as in the previous method, simply swing the clubs backward and forward twice, while your feet are wobbling on the stone, then load the the clubs onto your shoulders. Leap from the wall with the clubs loaded on the shoulders, land on the floor in a horseman position making sure that your head is well back to avoid catching your ears, then re-balance and continue turning the clubs on the dirt floor.
You can witness methods One and Three in this video
The first two parts feature a Jori competition athlete in training, and the last sections show both young and old athletes training with different sizes of Jori Clubs.
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