Dr. Ed Thomas is a Fulbright Scholar, martial artist and university professor with over 25 years of teaching experience. The Fitness Council of the NSGA has recognized Dr. Thomas as a quotable health and fitness expert. The shoulder girdle is by far one of the most movable areas of the body but it is also one of the most fragile. For serious and recreational athletes alike, the pain and instability that results from shoulder injuries can jeopardize careers and alter lifestyles. As with many injuries, this number could be greatly reduced with the proper care and training. Strength of the shoulder should be complemented by flexibility, yet many Americans never fully develop their natural shoulder girdle mobility and muscular balance.
Few tools are more elemental, natural and enduring than the Club. Certainly primitive or developing humans picked up heavy sticks to crack open food or swung them for defense. Children pick up spoons and other objects and bang on whatever is available. As adults, the games we play can involve clubs in a variety of shapes and designs, including the golf club, baseball bat, and cricket bat. A look at ancient Hindu texts reveals pictures of Hindu deities carrying clubs. These images indicate that the club has roughly a 5000 year history.