PERSIAN MEELS 101
This video pack is a starting point into Persian meels, in a way you can easily follow and do at home. It is a great conditioning program for HEMA and historical fencers, especially if fighting with buckler, shield or dual weapons.
We start with a crash course in club swinging, where we cover safety and general principles, so that even new beginners can enjoy this program.
Then we dive into the traditional club exercises from the Persian Zoorkhaneh, otherwise known as the “House of Strength”.
More than just a collection of tutorials, you get a full training program and follow along routine choreographed to music.
The program addresses: strength endurance, mobility of spine, hips and shoulders, agility, coordination and balance. You will also improve your grip and train your core in a reactive fashion.
And finally, the club swinging rhythmic and repetitive circular patterns to drum beat effectively worked as mindfulness, training the warriors’ minds to remain calm and collected.
DO I NEED AUTHENTIC PERSIAN MEELS FOR THIS PROGRAM?
Traditional Persian meels are not required, any type of Indian club works fine.
For your benefit and future development, we cover the technical differences about swinging both light AND heavy meels, should you at some stage invest in a set of authentic meels.
The focus of this video pack is on swinging light Persian meels to perfect technique, because we believe that for your longevity and own benefit, how well you swing is more important than how heavy. Light meels are favored by wrestlers while heavy meel swinging is more a specialized weightlifting competition.
We also show you a few traditional push ups on the “Shena” push up board. With our quick guide, you’ll be able to build one yourself with just a handsaw, a piece of wood, a screwdriver, 8 screws and some sandpaper!
We do not cover the traditional arts of: Sang (shields), Kabbadeh (iron bow), Meel Sangin (heavy Meel), Meel Bazy (Meel juggling), Charkh Teez & Charkh Chamani ((fast and slow whirling).
If you want to experience the full Zoorkhaneh traditions and rituals, you will need to travel, and expect to train for a couple of hours at a time! You can find more info about Zoorkhaneh at the International Zoorkhaneh Sports Federation.
PERSIAN MEELS 101 INCLUDES:
- Training Guidelines and Safety.PDF
- Club swinging 101 express
- Classical exercises (swipes, 4 count and 2 count swings, proper footwork, double inner and outer back, full swings, flags, crisscross and more…)
- “Rostam” routine with music soundtrack
- Training advice, program with 3 levels and goals
- Persian push ups
- How to easily make your own Shena push up board to your size (video and PDF)