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Indian clubs transitions are the essence of the art of club swinging. Transitions require great coordination and timing to get right, and provide a fantastic spectacle and sense of achievement at the same time.

We have 2 video downloads purely dedicated to the breakdown of double heart shaped swings, the signature move of Indian clubs, and transitions. We teach you how to change direction, shape or pattern, and go from in sync to out of sync swings. 

Isn’t it time to take your skills to the next level?  Even if you have swung Indian clubs for years and attended workshops, we guarantee you there is something new for you to learn! 

We like to reward our blog readers, so there is a promo code somewhere in this post!

The Indian clubs transitions tutorials 102 and 103 show the essential viewing angles and break down the moves step by step, in a slow pace, for easy learning.

Check out a couple of teasers right here and now, and read on for a review from an experienced club swinger.

Club swinging 102: heart shaped essentials

Here you can learn all the individual swings, and how to switch directions with a single club.

Swings with 1 club

  • Single Inner Heart Shaped Swing
  • Single Outer Heart Shaped Swing
  • Inner to outer switch
  • Outer to Inner Switch #1
  • Outer to Inner Switch #2
  • Single Club Switch Flow
  • Under Hand Heart Shaped Swing
  • Over hand heart shaped Swing

Swings with 2 clubs

  • Double Inner Swing
  • Double Outer Swing
  • Parallel swing
  • Alternating Inner Heart Shaped Swing
  • Alternating Outer Heart Shaped Swing
  • Windmill
  • Double 8s Heart Shaped Swing, Overhand
  • Double 8s Heart Shaped Swing, Underhand

Total playing time: 47 minutes

Club swinging 103: advanced transitions

In this video course, we cover how to change directions in flow for the double heart shaped swings. Once you master this, everything becomes easier!

In sync swings

  • Double Inner to Double Outer Switch
  • Double Outer to Double Inner Switch -Indian Cross
  • Double Outer to Double Inner Switch- Reverse Cross
  • Parallel Switch
  • Double Inner Swing to Parallel and back
  • Double Outer Swing to Parallel and back

Out of sync swings

  • Alternating Inner to Outer Switch
  • Alternating Outer to Inner Switch
  • Alternating Inner Swing to Windmill and back
  • Alternating Outer Swing to Windmill and back
  • How to change the rhythm of a swing

Total playing time: 38 minutes

We can’t say it better

Here’s a testimonial from mark D. from England. Not everybody posts reviews on our products, but we receive lots of emails!

“In the last few weeks I’ve been actively using the Heroic Sport training material and I’m now in a position to give some feedback.

I’ve been club swinging for about six or seven years having first learnt the military-style from a couple of Mike Simpson’s weekend sessions in Sheffield.  Together with one of his training DVD’s, this was my grounding. 

Over the years, I have built up a good set of wooden clubs spanning the 1.00 to 4.00 kg range, together with a single Sim Kehoe 6.00 kg replica. However, I have become increasingly dissatisfied with my style and skills.

The style I learnt focused more on the individual swings to the neglect of the switches and transitions between them. 

I have since realized these transitions are the essence of the art of club swinging.  At the same time, the military-style – at attention, face forward – has increasingly felt artificial and restricted. 

Internet and YouTube searches reveal that there are many impressive examples of complex choreography and whole-body sequences out there.  However, for me at least, most create more frustration than enlightenment.  They are rarely broken down into the basic building blocks that you first need to master.

This frustration and wish to improve eventually led me to Heroic Sport. For someone wanting to learn Indian clubs, or improve their  ability, especially those looking for more natural whole-body flows, without doubt  – Heroic Sport is the best there is.  

The training materials are well organised and widely illustrated.  Through Thierry’s  expert instruction and useful tips, you are taken from the essential building blocks (grips, breathing, stance, etc) through the main swings to the switches and transitions you need to gracefully move between.  The video is excellent quality and the use of slow motion, special clubs, front and back views, and step by step troubleshooting, works very well. 

I have mainly spent the last few weeks working through the sections on switching direction, changing swings and changing rhythm.  While I have still a lot of practice to look forward to, I can do things now that I could not before! 

Its opened up a whole new dimension of the clubs. “

As promised, here’s a promo code for the 102 and 103 videos. Enter: best205 at checkout, and get 15% off any of the 2 videos.

In the video below, I switch between heart shaped swings by using stopping one club in a static hold, which is a great way to start, and easier for people. But all transitions can be done in flow. Practice, and if you manage to perform the whole routine flawlessly with Indian club  transitions, remember to posit it on our Facebook page!

Good training 🙂

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At the beginning of July 2019, we had  a guest coming to our Heroic Sport retreat. The whole thing took a left and turned out into a wild and creative weekend of brainstorming, leaving us full of excitement and open to new possibilities we never considered.

It’s fantastic to get input from people out there who can look at our Pahlavandle and our teaching methods in a totally new way, and bring their own passion and expertise to make it into something bigger. We are grateful for the way things are moving.

We can’t reveal it all, but you will get some insight by watching the videos below!

I personally enjoyed talking to Ngub so much, I decided to do an interview so that everyone could benefit from his journey and wisdom.

We also converted the video into an mp3, so that you can download and listen to it at your convenience. 

Here are some of the points we went through:

  • What attracted you to Indian clubs in the first place?
  • Steel clubs vs Pahlavandle
  • What made you decide Heroic Sport was the right match for you?
  • How did you come up combining what you do professionally with Indian clubs?
  • What is kinesiology and how can it help us?
  • How can we bring more balance in our lives?
  • What’s the biggest hurdle for people maintaining a physical activity program?
  • What’s the difference between looking ahead, turning the head or following the movement with the eyes?

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Many people do not seem to realize the amount of variability our Pahlavandle™ offers! 

When you get your Pahlavandle™, the little card in the bag mentions a few things, but it’s impossible to list everything! 

This post was written  to introduce you to new possibilities, and get the best club swinging experience you can get.

Get the right bottle

Bottles that fit pahlavandleFirst, you must use plastic bottles that were made for carbonated beverages. The thread on that type of bottle is stronger than regular water bottles, and is an international size and standard in the industry. This is the exact match for our Pahlavandle™. Anything else is unlikely to work properly.

Carbonated beverages can be soft drinks, sparkling mineral water or even beer. BUT but but… drink the contents first, and then refill the bottles with tap water. If you leave carbonated liquids in the bottle and start to swing, you might experience leakage as the pressure build up increases with movement…

What’s in a name?

By the way, did you know why our little invention is called a Pahlavandle™? 
In Persia, a Pahlavan was an accomplished warrrior, athlete and man of honour, a  true leader in his community. Enters the Pahlavan-handle. We wanted to pay respect to the roots of club swinging, and make this training form available to anyone. 

It’s all about the shape of it

pahlavandle adjustable indian clubsNow, not every plastic bottle is created equal…  Generally,  bottles with a classical wine bottle shape, a long neck, are structurally stronger and provide the best weight distribution, compared to a squarish bottle.

We recommend to use bottles up to 1.5 liters. While we have some people swing 1.75 and 2 liter bottles, usually in most countries, these bottles are too soft and bend at the neck, especially if your swings are less than perfectly smooth.

Wait, you can use different fillers???

Also, just because these bottles were filled with water , it doesn’t mean you should only use water! If you collect a few bottles, you can build a whole collection of clubs up to 3kg!

pahlavandle plastic bottle with sand

For this, you will need sand. Sand is roughly twice the weight coefficient of water. So 1 liter bottle filled with sand weighs roughly 2kg.
Some people worried about spilling water indoors even use rice or bulgur. Here the coefficient is about the same as water. so 1l iter equals 1kg.

There is a difference in sand, with beach sand being lighter than sand you would buy at a hardware store.

If you’re going to use sand, we recommend you to seal the tops of your bottles. Use silicone or any type of of flexible acrylic multi purpose filler. This will prevent sand getting into the thread, and prolongate the life of your Pahlavandle™.

The perfect balance

pahlavandle indian clubs handleWith heavy fillers, one way to bring the balance point back closer to the center is to fill your Pahlavandle™ with a small weight or metal shot. It really depends what you like.

The more the weight is towards the end of the club, the more aggressive the club will swing . The more it is towards the center, the more forgiving the club handles itself.
Pahlavandle™ are hollow for a reason!

To fill or not to fill?

pahlavandle heroic sport

Nobody says you have to fill the bottles chockablock before you swing them either. Filling bottles to 50-75% of their capacity creates a shifting weight. This is a great tool when first learning how to swing clubs, as the shifting weight creates an audible feedback, which can help you understand.

One of my favorite ways to do this is to fill gravel inside a bottle to about 70%, and then add water. It creates a new dimension to the swings. Be creative!

How to increase the challenge

Since the recommended maximum weight for the Pahalavandle™ is 3kg, there are 3 ways you can challenge your strength and skills.

#1: use extenders. The longer lever arm increases the resistance without any weight increase.

#2: use Fatgrips. They slide on and fit perfectly and will give you a hell of a forearm and grip workout.

#3: check our our PahlavandleXL! It’s adjustable to 20kg.

Now, it’s up to you!

You won’t get stronger and healthier by reading our blog all day long, so get up and swing!

If you do not know where to start, we have you covered, with lots of great programs and tutorials.

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Juan Carlos Leidero convinced us at Heroic Sport to send Thierry to join him at Salinas Longboard Festival in Asturias, Northern Spain. We’re going to do some demonstrations, small classes and workshops to promote Heroic Sport and the fantastic combination of Pahlavandle™ and boardsports!

Therefore, here’s a quick little interview to present you Juan Carlos who’s the first person in Spain to run Pahlavandle classes on Stand Up Paddleboards.

What is your background?

I have always been active in sports and was in the special forces during my military service. I started rock climbing when I was 20 and it changed everything for me. This lead me to certifying in Pilates, yoga and other formations such as kettlebells, bosu, trx etc…
I see these modalities as tools for people who want to achieve a better body-mind connection.

In the last 10 years, I have had my own Pilates studio in Avilés, working with all kinds of people, as well as doing some program for TV, and different sports such as surfing and rock climbing. The last 5 years I have been operating out of an organic shop, Dhadhas. I am still very enthusiastic about the whole thing!

How did you start with Indian clubs?

I saw a video of the Pahlavandle on social medias. At first I thought it was a bit of a joke, but I was curious so I researched a bit more, and discovered it was legit. So I took contact with you guys.

What do you enjoy most about Indian clubs?

The freedom and flow of the movements. The spirals feel especially therapeutic and overall great.

Tell us a bit about Salinas International Longboard Festival, 17th edition.

We’re expecting 5000 people this year, with lots of music, competitions, workshops and street food, right on the beach. People from around the world come to participate and gather inspiration to share back with their clubs and schools.
The festival is like a giant experimental ground, and I want to share the benefits of Indian clubs with the surfing and boardsports community.
 

What are the benefits of Indian clubs for people?

They help us reconnect the mind to the body, become aware of how we move or tension in neck and shoulders. Better proprioception results in better balance.
I see Indian clubs as a great tool for body mapping (linking emotions and thoughts to physical experiences) and restoring a state of flow and well being.

What are the advantages of the Pahlavandle™ over other types of clubs on the market?

They are great invention! Very practical in the way you can adjust the weight up to 3kg, and I love the fact we are upcycling plastic bottles, giving a second life to trash.
Just pick up 2 bottles, and you can train your whole body just about anywhere!

How do people react the first time you show them the pahlavandle™?

Very surprised at first, but after a few swings they feel the restorative effects for neck and shoulders. They also think it is fun to train.

Do you want to add something else?

Being a passionate person with my work, I define myself as a facilitator of the mind and body.
I am confident that if one learn the right techniques, the results can only be positive.

You can get in touch with Juan Carlos on social medias.