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Me Screwing Around with the Stronger Grip Monster Mace (gada)

A lazy Saturday afternoon in Utah. Ryan Pitts from Stronger Grip recently sent me a custom Monster Mace. The original name for this particular style is the “gada.” If you want to know more about that, then take a stroll over here to Scientific Wrestling for some history about big guys swinging things around.

Because if you’re wondering, hat can you do with such a thing?, that’s the answer: swing it around and get stronger. In the video below you can see me swinging the mace with one hand, although two is a lot more comfortable. (If you’re wondering why I’m only using one, I’m trying to work on a juggling routine, sort of a EXTREME HARDCORE BATON TWIRLING!!! type thing).

My form is still kind of clumsy. I should be able to smooth it out a lot in the next couple of weeks.

Also, I think my glasses are cool.

There’s a lid in the top that can be unscrewed so the bell can be loaded with more weight. Lead shot, sand, water, etc.

I wanted to fill it up fairly quickly. Once I got the basic movements coordinated to the point where I wasn’t afraid of bashing my skull in, I needed more weight because I’m not personally interested in doing really high-volume sets.

But the “Great Gama,” a fierce Indian wrestler in the 19th century, was interested in that very thing. You can read about some of his exploits in the link provided up top. So if you do decided to do high rep sets, it looks like you will be able to wrestle 40 men at a time and everyone will be terrified to face you.

Joking aside (and that stuff about Great Gama’s not a joke, read it!), the macebell is a lot of fun. It makes my shoulders feel great when I’m done, and it’s a movement my body is not familiar with. That’s rarely a bad thing. Often, the movements that I feel clumsiest at are the things with the greatest payoff once I can make the movements more skilled.


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  • EdK February 5, 2012, 11:55 pm

    Impressive that you are doing that with one arm. How much weight is in that thing? I made my own mace with a kid’s basketball, concrete, and a shovel handle – it weighs around 25 pounds and it is all I can do to swing that around my head and then I have to choke up on the handle a bit.

    • Josh Hanagarne February 6, 2012, 8:19 am

      There are about 40 lbs loaded in this video.

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