Training at Suria Akhara

Training at Suria Akhara

This video is a collection of training footage recorded at Suria Akhara, Varanasi, India.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone Training at Suria Akhara for allowing me to record this video footage during your training. Most of the video was recorded early in the morning, the temperature on the day was between 28 and 30 degrees celsius, with very high humidity at around 80%, in other words, stinking hot.

Bit of speculation

Nothing wrong with a bit of speculation, so I am guessing here, on the origin of Indian Clubs. One of the aims of the Indian Club Tour 2014, was to find anyone in Varanasi who knew or had seen Indian Clubs, as we know them in the west. I found on old boy who remembered Indian Clubs from years ago, and told me that he did not recollect them being used in over twenty years.

British Army

It would seem logical that the British Army were impressed on seeing the local Pahlevans training with clubs and gada. By all accounts all the athletes were very well developed, especially in the shoulders and back.

Maybe a creative army physical training instructor modified the Indian Jori Clubs by shortening them to roughly 22″ inches. In doing so they developed a new and very effective training system. The newly created clubs were then put to good use in drilling troops, building upper body strength with particular focus on carrying arms.

Inward Swings good

Many Pahlevans tried swinging Indian Clubs that I had brought with me from Australia, and many performed inward circles without much difficulty, which stands to reason as both Jori and gada are both inward movements. What was surprising was that none of them could swing in an outward movement, no doubt with time and instruction outward swings could have been mastered. So when you see the Indian Club section in this video, you will understand what I mean.

Barbell Press and Squat

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Dumbbell traditional exercise used in competitions

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Indian Club try outs, using two pairs of my clubs.

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Gar Nal (stone neck ring)

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 Parallel Bars

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Rope Climbing

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Leg press

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Mallakhamb Pole

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Gada (two handed 10 to 2’s)

This swing style is used for gada competitions

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Gada (one handed 360’s)

This swing style for Jori Swinging training and preparation

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Brick Gada 1

This is what happens when boys find a loose piece of fence with a bunch of brick still attached, they try to swing it of course.

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Brick Gada 2

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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.

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