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April 2024

Martial Arts and Indian Clubs

The Mace and Indian Clubs have strong ties to the Martial Arts. They were both tools used by warriors, both ancient and modern, to build strength, mobility, flexibility, and coordination that is important to dealing with a dynamic environment. The following video is an Indian Club technique that has been around for thousands of years but is also a technique from the Filipino Martial Arts that has been around for much longer.

Brothers in Arms - Mace Edition

There are a rising number of trainers out there that are seeing the light when it comes to training with the Mace and Indian Clubs. Many are just acquiring the skills and knowledge and others have been using them for years. I am fortunate to count both Mike Stehle (@mike.stehle) and Rik Brown (@therealmr.maceman) as friends and brothers in arms in the Mace World. Both have a ton of experience and expertise in order to show you the ins and outs of this tool. If you are looking for Mace training then these gentlemen are your best bets!


The Kettlebell Squat

Squatting is one of the most fundamental movement patterns and one of the most surefire ways to add a little "mass to you a$$!"

The Kettlebell Squat is particularly good at building strength for a few reasons:

  • It promotes an upright, solid posture
  • It loads the body unevenly causing the core and stabilizers to react dynamically to the uneven load
  • It creates a solid base, through a strong rack position, for other techniques like the Press and Jerk
  • It promotes full range of motion of the hip and proper flexion of the knee and ankle

The More You Move The Better You Move

Training with the Mace and Indian Clubs are somewhat misunderstood into today's modern fitness culture.

The advent of Bodybuilding in the last 60 years or so has left most people think that there is only one way to train. That's to isolate muscles, like the pecs and the biceps, to make them strong. This limited understanding of strength and strength development, leaves people with gaping holes in their training.

Using the Mace and the Indian Clubs will fill in the gaps in your training as well as giving you experience in moving loads in a dynamic environment - just like in the real world!


Show Muscles v. Go Muscles

Do you know the difference between "Show Muscles" and "Go Muscles?" Have you ever heard the phrase "All show and no go?"

Simply, "Show Muscles" are the ones that look good in the mirror or on the beach. "Go Muscles" are the ones the are going to make you strong and get you through rough times.

If you are focusing on the "Show Muscles" that's great! It's better than doing nothing at all... but you might want to think about adding some effort into training the "Go Muscles" as well.


Mace and Indian Club Workshop - May 05, 2024

Unlock the Power Within:
Mace and Indian Clubs Workshop - Level I

Discover the ancient secrets of strength, endurance, and mobility with our one-day workshop on May 05, 2024! This is the first of a three-part workshop series (Level II coming in June 2024) that will help you or your clients in multiple areas.

CM_Photogrid_1712856869709Workshop Overview

The Mace and Indian Clubs, trusted by athletes and warriors for millennia, hold the key to unlocking unparalleled strength, mobility, and functional movement. Whether you're an athlete looking to enhance performance or a warrior seeking deep movement integration, this workshop equips you with essential skills to harness these powerful tools effectively.

Master the Essentials

Join us for an 05-hour hands-on course where you'll delve into the core skills, techniques, and principles of Mace and Indian Club training. From basic movement skills to dynamic combinations, discover how to elevate your training regimen to new heights. Unlike generic "flow" sessions, this program emphasizes practical uses, offering tangible skills that amplify strength, mobility, and overall movement with minimal load.

Personal Testimony

"As someone who's dedicated over five decades to athletics and martial arts, I understand the value of efficient training tools. The Mace and Indian Clubs have revolutionized my own regimen, offering relief from years of shoulder pain and enhancing my overall well-being. Experience their transformative power firsthand."

Michael A. Krivka, Sr.

Workshop Details

When: May 05, 2024
Time: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: CrossFit Koncepts, 16720 Oakmont Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Cost: $199/person (Pre-registration required by April 30, 2024; Limited to 15 participants)

Special Discounts Available

  • CrossFit Koncepts gym members
  • RKC/HKC/SFG/CF affiliate coaches
  • Active Military, Law Enforcement, and Fire Personnel

Register Now!
Contact Michael Krivka at [email protected] or 301-404-2571 to reserve your spot and unleash your potential!

Don't miss this chance to transform your training journey. Register now and embark on a path to enhanced strength, mobility, and empowerment!

Mace and Indian Clubs to the Rescue!

IMG_20240326_082620_478Cole Rodriguez attended the last Mace and Indian Clubs Workshop, held on March 24, 2024. Less than two weeks later Cole reached out to share how his training with the Indian Clubs and Mace have already made a difference in his, and his clients, workouts:

"Hey Mike - did about 05-10 minutes of Mace and Indian Club work before my workout today.  I've never been able to do Overhead Squats without struggling through it, even with an empty barbell. After doing about 05-10 minutes of Mace and Indian clubs, 95 lbs felt relatively easy. I've never been able to do Overhead Squats so well in my life! It felt so good! Thanks for introducing me to these amazing tools..."

If you want to experience what Cole is, I strongly suggest that you attend the next Level I Mace and Indian Clubs Workshop (coming 05/05/24).

BTW - Cole is a (super) trainer at Rise Fitness and Kickboxing in Annapolis, MD. Reach out to him at 302/415-0397 to meet your personal training, kettlebell, mace and Indian clubs training needs.