Welcome to the Club: A Brief History of Club Training
THE MODERN WARRIOR CLUB
In recent history until modern times the use of the club still has its foundations in combat and Martial training modalities. Swordsmen and Martial arts masters have long since incorporated weighted training tools and ballistic tools into their movement patterns and training regimens to great effect. The swinging patterns of many of today’s ballistic tools are close to the Martial training styles from all over the world. For all the styles and systems may appear vastly different they all share the common thread of basic human functionality. This is: that we as humans essentially have 2 arms and 2 legs and a spine. We are designed to move in specific movement patterns and In this regard we are the same.
The steel Club like its cousins the Mace, Gada, Indian Club, Bulgarian bag and to a degree the Kettlebell, are all tools with ballistic properties. This means they will be propelled either away from, or towards the body creating inertia and forces that we must brace against and absorb within our movements and training. We can see the parallels in specific tools to weapons training.
Indian clubs are primarily used now as a primer or to decompress and open the shoulders. The pattern of usage is akin to short bladed knife like weapons or lighter stick fighting.
Steel Clubs or Bulavas are primarily used as mid weight conditioning and loading with a larger degree of movement involved. The pattern usage is akin to a medium length sword or short battle Mace.
Gada or long steel Mace is much heavier and the main body of weight is further removed from the grip point and primarily used in a more static fashion to build strength and stability in rooting stances. The pattern usage is akin to a heavy longsword or battle Mace.