Gray Cook, Brett Jones, and Dr. Ed Thomas explore Club swinging techniques, programming and history. Learn the art of Indian Clubs and how their speed and rhythmical actions create amazing opportunities to train posture and core stability, produce fast hands and mobile shoulders, and create new training opportunities. (DVD & MANUAL)
Gray Cook, Brett Jones & Ed Thomas
In the Club Swinging Essentials DVD, we learn five basic movements… five rhythmical patterns of club turning used over a lifetime for neural training and upper extremity mobility work. The idea here is to encourage a stable body posture combined with relaxation and shoulder girdle mobility and joint integrity. First, they look toward mobility; later they look for efficiency. The overall theme of this DVD is this: Mindful movement is the goal.
In the club turning patterns, Ed does an initial demonstration, then Brett instructs Gray through the learning segment. Moving slowly, Gray practices the skill of pattern integrity first, teaching himself the way the brain likes to learn… slowly, much like the movements of Tai Chi. Brett is looking for quality patterns, authentic reflex and stabilization. As one viewer put it, "This was fun - watching Gray struggle a little with the learning. It gave me a grin, and it gave me hope that I could learn too."
They move through all five movements in three positions, kneeling, open half-kneeling and heels-together standing. This is about precision, and they suggest hours on movements one and two, not jumping ahead, and getting competent in the kneeling postures even before attempting the standing activity.
In the Extras section, we watch as Ed does some advanced footwork with his turning combinations. In fact, they move fairly quickly through all the segments. You will need to move slower as you master these movements and techniques. Use the manual to learn and practice at your own speed.
Read a Reviewer's Comments:
For me, I certainly need to learn the coordinating mobility work first… and for life. I need to learn to move my upper extremities easily and smoothly without stress in the neck and torso. If I had to choose one method of club swinging over another, I’d go that direction, using light clubs for coordination and kettlebells for ballistics and a barbell for pure strength. Gray and partners present a mobility and neurological training program based on club turning. We need both mobility and strength, plain and simple.
To quote Brett Jones, “Indian Clubs are an incredible tool with great systems of training, so it isn’t a case of one [style] being right and the other useless, but rather what are your goals and what do you want out of club swinging. In classical club swinging systems, everyone started with lighter clubs, then grapplers and wrestlers went heavier while boxers stayed with the lighter clubs for hand speed and coordination.”