8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Sword and Shield

Exploring the historical origins of Persian Meels and their exercises, which originate from the sword and shield used in warfare.

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

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Sagittal Exercises

Sagittal exercises, focus on triceps extensions and make sure you take a deep breath when the club is behind you.

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Club Length

The length of a meel changes during exercise. When you hold a club in front of you with your forearm roughly at 100°, the club is at its normal length. As you start raising the club to swing it behind you, the club has to pivot from your elbow, which means that the club is now the length of your forearm plus the length of the club itself.

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Gripping the Club

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

The purlicue is the soft webbing between the thumb and forefinger

The Reverse Sabre Grip (Shield Phase)

The Reverse Sabre Grip and starting position. Meels should be held with your forearm at 100°. When the club is in front of you and your hand is at your bellybutton level, the club handle should rest against the space between your thumb and forefinger which is called the purlicue. All your fingers should be pointing downwards towards the floor, pushing the handle into the purlicue. This is the point at which you can choose to hold your pinky below the bottom, or group together with the other fingers.

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Reverse Sabre Grip

The Hammer Grip (Push Up and Shield Phase)

The Hammer Grip is used to lift the club from the belly button up to the shoulder, ready to swing.

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Hammer Grip

The Sabre Grip (Sword Phase)

The Sabre Grip is used when the club is swung behind you.

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Sabre Grip

The Hammer Grip (Pull Down & Final Shield Phase)

Here the Hammer Grip is used to bring the club back to the starting position and finish in the reverse Sabre Grip.

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

The handle should rest on the purlicue, and allow the club to lean slightly into the body. The fingers apply pressure to the handle to help keep the club still

Frontal Plane

The meels are swung on the frontal plane around the spine.

Elbow/Shoulder Rotation

The role of the elbow is very important, as you start to lift the club your elbow should be on the frontal plane. Once you have dropped the club into the backswing, your elbow should point to the front on the sagittal plane.

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Elbow on frontal plane

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Elbow on sagittal plane

Range of Motion

The correct combination of the grips and elbow/shoulder rotation will ensure that you are taking advantage of your full range of motion.

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Right arm low – CORRECT – uses full ROM

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Right arm high – WRONG – limited ROM

Bodyweight

Shifting your bodyweight is very important, and very much part of swinging Persian Meels. For example, if you are going to swing the club on your right hand, you should aim to transfer your body weight to your right leg and slide your left foot over to your right foot. Then to swing the left-arm the same happens in reverse, you transfer your body weight to your left foot and slide the right foot over to the left foot.

Counting

  1. On account of one, the first club is lifted and swung.
  2. On the count of two, the first club returns to the front starting position.
  3. On account of three, the second club is lifted and swung.
  4. On the count of four, the second club returns the front starting position.

Window

You should aim to keep the club as close to the body as possible without touching, this is very important when you prepare to swing the club, you should try to steer your hand holding the club between the top of your shoulder and your ear. In doing so the base of the club should rise behind you with the push-up before you let it fall into the swing.

Rookie Mistakes

Keeping your forearms at 90° and parallel the floor, move hands down toward belly button.

If you hold the clubs high you will make a shallow swing, and not take advantage of the complete range of motion is available.

Death grip, holding the club too tight and not allowing frequent changes

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

WRONG Starting Position

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

CORRECT Starting Position

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Death Grip WRONG

8 Important Tips About Persian Meels

Relaxed Grip CORRECT


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Paul Taras Wolkowinski

INDIAN CLUBS and how to use them. Traveling, researching and studying old books and manuals, has played a major part in my re-discovery of the Art of Indian Clubs Swinging. I practice four disciplines, Indian Clubs, Persian Meels, Gada Mace and Indian Jori Clubs. I have discovered a fascination for this form of exercise that has grown with proficiency. This website is dedicated to help you discover how to use Indian Clubs for exercise and fitness.