In this episode I have a great (and long) conversation with my friend James Neidlinger. I met James around 2009 at a Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC) in Minneapolis, MN. We had both been invited to be assistants at the certification. I didn’t know many people and was very shy back then (I know that is hard to believe) and James was kind to me. Over the years we have kept in touch through social media and I value his extensive knowledge of physical culture.
I didn’t know this, but he came to the world of training after a car accident. It seems like that is a recurring theme on this podcast. People who get trashed in an accident or with an injury and then spend their time and resources learning how to make themselves better. James turned to martial arts and has studied with the best learning an assortment of different disciplines.
I asked James to be a guest on The HeauXXXcast so that he could introduce Indian Clubs to the aerial community. He learned all about Indian Clubs from Dr. Ed Thomas, the man who is considered to be the father of Indian Clubs here in America. Actually, as you will hear, Indian Clubs and other similar implements such as maces, sandbags and even POLES are ancient practices that came from Indian and were spread throughout the world by colonialism and Buddhist missionaries.
We talk about the Indian Clubs but we also go off a bunch of different tangents about coaching, body positivity and so much more. This is a long episode, but I didn’t want to edit it down. There is so much gold in this episode you are definitely going to want to take notes.