Indian Clubs were used to train for combat sports because it’s many swings follow the pathways used by a variety of martial arts. This installment will present the parallel swing.
The parallel swing uses the motion of turning from one side to the other. Toes, knees hip can be locked forward when performing one version of this swing. Performed in this manner, the work is placed on the core and shoulders. A less formal or rigid version allows for turning from left to right or vice versa in a more natural and fluid manner. You look from side to side as the swing is performed and the unwinding is done from the ankles, knees hips turning as the swing is performed.
The straight arms begin on each side of your body. They travel to one side together and parallel to the body. When both arms are at shoulder height, curl the clubs onto each shoulder and turn to the other side. As soon as you are fully turned to the other side, launch the clubs outward fully. Let the clubs follow the natural downward path parallel to the body. You are developing the momentum to begin your second rep to that side. When done with your reps on that side, stop at the neutral position that you began parallel swings with and repeat in the same manner on the opposite side. There are “transition moves” that allow you to capture and utilize the momentum from one technique and continue it to a different one. That will come as you have familiarized yourself with the basic moves in Indian Clubs.
I will continue to introduce techniques at this pace as it allows time to practice, assess and question. I hope to hear feedback on the validity, value and presentation of the Club information.
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