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Andrew (MMA) vs Himanshu (Akhada) - #101Roots

In a small Punjab village, one of India’s top #MMA fighters takes on a Gold Medal winning akhada pehlwan. Who will be the king of the ring?

Posted by 101 India on Thursday, July 28, 2016

 

Really interesting watch and great to see Nihang Singhs supporting such a good art!

 

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With the rise of mma, we are now seeing how important grappling is for combat. That is why fighters whose martial art base is bjj and wrestling are so successful in MMA. Guru Sahib ji had encouraged grappling art like Punjabi Kushti and Mal Yudh among the early Sikhs. So learning a grappling fighting art is Guru's Mat or Gurmat. Wresting is a sacred martial art for the early Sikhs.

 

If a Sikh today does traditional strength training exercises of Indian wrestlers like Dands, Baithaks, headstand pushups, swinging moonglis and heavy mace/gada, he will develop strong arms and shoulders with explosive power. Puratan Singhs like Baba Deep Singh jee and Hari Singh Nalwa also had solid traditional Punjabi wrestling backgrounds. 

 

Mal Yudh needs to be revived among the Sikhs today. This will encourage physical strength and make Sikhs combat ready or Tyar Bar Tyar. It is the need of the hour.

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Brock Lesnar has a thorough grounding in the art of grappling (putting aside the theatrics of sports entertainment, i.e. wrestling), so when he does return to UFC it's cool to see him employing his mat wrestling skills and succeeding. It may seem boring to some, but once you've got a fella off his feet, then the job is nearly done.

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9 hours ago, Jonny101 said:

If a Sikh today does traditional strength training exercises of Indian wrestlers like Dands, Baithaks, headstand pushups, swinging moonglis and heavy mace/gada, he will develop strong arms and shoulders with explosive power. Puratan Singhs like Baba Deep Singh jee and Hari Singh Nalwa also had solid traditional Punjabi wrestling backgrounds. 

Is there any serious benefit to doing Dandh Baitaka without weights, or should they always be done with weights, i.e. squats?

How many Baitaka should be done in terms of reps and squats?

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1 hour ago, MisterrSingh said:

Is there any serious benefit to doing Dandh Baitaka without weights, or should they always be done with weights, i.e. squats?

How many Baitaka should be done in terms of reps and squats?

Dands and Baithaks are body weight exercises. For some strange reasons westerners call Dands as Hindu pushups and Baithaks as Hindu squats. But there is nothing Hindu about them. Dands are like a full body workout. Pehlvaans in India do hundreds and even thousands of these which give strength to a grappler. I do a few hundred of these every other day. The Baithaks I have heard should be done with moderation because it is said to not be good for the knee joint. So I don't do too much of those, just 150-200 every other day where as Pehalwans in India do at least a 1000 of these. I have made my own heavy mace/gada which is not hard. Moonglis also known as Jori or even persian meels is something I don't have but plan to get them made the next time I am in India. Swinging the moonglis and a heavy Mace one can see how Baba Deep Singh jee fought using a heavy khanda at such a ripe age. 

 

These are the exercises of puratan Singhs. Just do these for one month and see the difference it will make. There was a wrestler in Punjab named Gama Pehlvaan a century ago. He would do thousands of Dands and Baithaks a day. He was not a tall man but he remained unbeatable for as long as he lived. 

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1 minute ago, Jonny101 said:

Dands and Baithaks are body weight exercises. For some strange reasons westerners call Dands as Hindu pushups and Baithaks as Hindu squats. But there is nothing Hindu about them. Dands are like a full body workout. Pehlvaans in India do hundreds and even thousands of these which give strength to a grappler. I do a few hundred of these every other day. The Baithaks I have heard should be done with moderation because it is said to not be good for the knee joint. So I don't do too much of those, just 150-200 every other day where as Pehalwans in India do at least a 1000 of these. I have made my own heavy mace/gada which is not hard. Moonglis also known as Jori or even persian meels is something I don't have but plan to get them made the next time I am in India. Swinging the moonglis and a heavy Mace one can see how Baba Deep Singh jee faught using a heavy khanda at such a ripe age. 

 

These are the exercises of puratan Singhs. Just do these for one month and see the difference it will make. There was a wrestler in Punjab named Gama Pehlvaan a century ago. He would do thousands of Dands and Baithaks a day. He was not a tall man but he remained unbeatable for as long as he lived. 

Great. I'd like to move towards bodyweight exercises, because there's very little practical use in being aesthetically pleasing when there's a scrap going on. So, wait, dandhs are separate to baitaka? Because baitaka are - I'm guessing - squats, so what are dandhs? Is there a difference?

Thanks, brother. 

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5 minutes ago, MisterrSingh said:

Great. I'd like to move towards bodyweight exercises, because there's very little practical use in being aesthetically pleasing when there's a scrap going on. So, wait, dandhs are separate to baitaka? Because baitaka are - I'm guessing - squats, so what are dandhs? Is there a difference?

Thanks, brother. 

Dands are what westerners call Hindu pushups. Regular pushups cannot even compare to these. It greatly strengthens the upper body. The core, shoulders and arms are all being worked out due to its full body movement. I would say even regular squats cannot compare to Baithaks also known as Hindu squats.  These two exercises are the base. And then there are other exercises traditionally done in India such as rope climbing but we can also get the same benefits from regular chin ups. Head stand pushups is another great body weight exercise done by pehlvaans during olden times. These are the exercises that warriors in India and Iran have been doing for thousands of years to greatly increase physical strength. Anyone can do these at home. It does not even require too much space. But the benefits are immense.

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Hindu Push Up incorporates two yoga movements, from Downward facing dog to upward facing dog.

Palwans also work on their joint mobility as well as their flexibility. 

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3 hours ago, Jonny101 said:

Dands are what westerners call Hindu pushups. Regular pushups cannot even compare to these. It greatly strengthens the upper body. The core, shoulders and arms are all being worked out due to its full body movement. I would say even regular squats cannot compare to Baithaks also known as Hindu squats.  These two exercises are the base. And then there are other exercises traditionally done in India such as rope climbing but we can also get the same benefits from regular chin ups. Head stand pushups is another great body weight exercise done by pehlvaans during olden times. These are the exercises that warriors in India and Iran have been doing for thousands of years to greatly increase physical strength. Anyone can do these at home. It does not even require too much space. But the benefits are immense.

Excellent, I understand now. I've been planning on overhauling my training to gear it towards power and endurance, so this is perfect. Thanks again.

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You also need to get the ratio right between dand and baithkaan. For pehlwani, it's more 2 baithkaan for every 1 dand. For more overall martial arts, its 3 baithkaan for every 1 dand.

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On youtube check out a channel by a guy named Marcus Quijas. He has gone to India and trained in traditional PehlvaanI Akhara exercises and made videos of these exercises and gives tips on how to do them.

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1 hour ago, Koi said:

You also need to get the ratio right between dand and baithkaan. For pehlwani, it's more 2 baithkaan for every 1 dand. For more overall martial arts, its 3 baithkaan for every 1 dand.

Lower body always provides strong foundation.

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We started a local Sikh MMA classes last year. Ohana Martial Art based from Hawaiin MMA. We have about 30 kids enrolled. Some of the class pictures. image.jpegimage.jpeg

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