International Karlakattai (Wooden Indian Heavy Clubs) Day Celebrations
Karlakattai (Wooden Indian Heavy Clubs) training is a traditional form of body conditioning practiced originally by Tamil warriors in the past. The history and origins of Karlakattai date back to 1000’s of years ago and the evidence is seen in the temple carvings and ancient scripts. Aasan (Master/ Guru)
Dr Jothi Senthil Kannan of Jothi Silambam Kshakthiriya Gurukulam in Pondicherry, India practices and teaches Karlakattai and other traditional martial arts. To honour, spread awareness and celebrate this great art form, 12 th of the 12 th of every year is celebrated as International Karlakattai Day.
This year, on the 12/12, International Karlakattai Day was celebrated in the Gurukulam. During this celebration, three Assist World Records were set.
- Master Jothi Senthil Kannan set an Assist World record in Freestyle Gadhayutham Suttru (swing) swinging the Gadai (Bheeman’s Mace) 1918 times in 30 minutes
- Karthik Vilwanathan from Chelmsford, U.K travelled to India and set an Assist World Record in a Karlakattai swing called Idumban Suttru, swinging 1860 times in 30 minutes
- Aravind Kumar from India set an Assist World Record in a Karlakattai swing called Kadamban Suttru, swinging 1367 times in 30 minutes
Apart from the World Records, there were many traditional demonstrations of various Tamil art forms. Master Jothi Kannan also released an Audio called Bheema Thandavam along with a demo and an English version of the book called Ancient Warrior Practice Karlakattai which was previously released in Tamil version only.
Benefits of Karlakattai Practice: There are 6 different types of Karlakattai’s out of which one is exclusively for women. Each of these Karlakattai’s are traditionally made from special native wood with specific dimensions and weight designed for a person’s body weight and goal. These Karlakattai’s are only treated with organic herbal oils and have medicinal values. Gripping and swinging them passes it on to the practitioner. There are 64 different types of swings that can be performed with these different types of Karlakattai. Swinging the Karlakattai along with practicing the Kshakthriya Pranayam (warrior breathing techniques) improves cardiovascular capacity, shoulder and grip strength, core stability, increases joint mobility, strengthens the posterior chain and increases overall fitness. Swinging the Karalai is known to also increase the immune system by activating the body’s glands.
Karthik Vilwanathan from Chelmsford conducts Karlakattai classes here in the UK. You can contact him for further details.