The Mace is at least 1,000 years old and has been used as a war weapon by numerous cultures. In India, the Mace is called the Gada, and has been used as a war weapon, but is also used as a training tool by the Wrestling Gyms (Akhara).
The Mace also appears prominently in paintings of Hindu deities, usually held by the monkey faced god, Hanuman.
In European countries, top-heavy pole axes have been used for hundreds of years, and in Switzerland, the Halberd, when used by a skillful soldier, was capable of pulling an armored knight off of his horse and penetrating the strongest armor.
In the world of sports, India has used the Mace (Gada) to develop strength for wrestling, the worlds’ oldest sport, and has appreciated the Mace’s enormous benefits so much that Mace swinging competitions are held in India still.
In much the same way that the use of the Kettlebell in America was popularized by one man (Pavel Tsatsouline), the Mace was brought to the attention of America’s strength and conditioning community by Jake Shannon (www.scientificwrestling.com), who first discovered it during his interviews with Olympic and Professional wrestler Karl Gotch.
Today, the Mace is reaching a whole new audience of strength seekers. Women are no longer afraid to do brutal, hardcore training and are open to learning effective ways of achieving their fitness goals. In your quest for fitness, profit from the past, plan for the future, but live in the present. The Mace is a gift from the past, and its future is being written by innovative designers who value this medieval training tool.
For some reason, when it comes to the Mace (but also with kettlebells, clubs, and other exercise tools recently discovered by the Western world), there seems to be a group of staunch traditionalists who assert that the Mace is to be used only as it was originally designed, and that making any alterations is at best “against tradition,” and at worst, “heretical.”
They even assert that the design of these implements must conform to standards established long ago by a small group of users in a small corner of the world – who may or may not have had access to the best construction methods and materials.
Staunch traditionalists would do well to remember that if we never veered away from tradition, Olympic athletes would still compete in the nude, football players would wear leather helmets, and basketball hoops would be peach baskets. It’s all well and good to honor tradition, but we shouldn’t be shackled to it or limited by it.
People who pick up a Mace today are almost never wrestlers (although all wrestlers would benefit greatly from Mace Training) and certainly not warriors fighting with swords. They’re people who are looking to add a new tool to their strength and conditioning toolbox. Today’s new, improved, and adjustable Maces take the ancient training methodology and update it to meet their needs. It’s perfect for people who want to master a challenging, results-producing tool that will make them look better, feel better and move better.
With an open mind, the fitness enthusiast, the strength seekers, and the power athletes of today are using old tools in new ways. People are flipping tractors tires, dragging anchor chains, and whipping huge ropes in totally unconventional, non-traditional ways.
The Mace started as a weapon to defeat enemies, but today the enemies are weakness and obesity. They stand no chance against a skillful Mace user.
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