Below are three video demonstrations of the ancient Indian sport Mallakham. You can find background information at the following link:
I’m not only impressed by the physical displays seen below, but also with the fact that the sport’s history traces back to the 12th century. At that time, there was mention of Indian wrestlers exercising on wooden poles. Now, over 800 years later, there are plenty of knowledgeable athletes and coaches who have never heard of Mallakham. I’m guessing many who view this site have never seen such a thing. I myself have never exercised on such an apparatus, but am tempted to build something similar to try.
What I really like about studying this ancient sport is the reminder that exercise isn’t new. Strength isn’t new. Power isn’t new. Athleticism isn’t new. People have found ways to challenge and strengthen the body for hundreds of years.
Often times the discoveries from centuries ago are far more revolutionary than anything you’ll find today.
Thanks to Soss for passing along these links