How to Perform Mace Swings
It seems like many people are making this movement more difficult than it should be…
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I can summarize the basic mace swing in 2 short words: Push & Pull.
The movement begins by moving the hands upward and pushing the bell over one shoulder.
The movement ends by pulling the hands quickly and forcibly back to the starting position. This has to be done rapidly enough so that the bell follows along and stands straight up.
Depending on your preference, you might start the mace swing with your right or your left hand on top. Since I am right handed, I can perform the swings most efficiently with my right hand on top. Here are two ways to swing the mace with your right hand on top.
In the first image above, I push my hands upward and allow the bell to drop down over my left shoulder. In the second image, the bell has traveled around in a circle and I pull the handle back toward my stomach and the bell follows.
In this sequence, I push my hands upward while the bell falls over my right shoulder. As the bell swings around I violently pull it back over my left shoulder and back to the starting position.
For me, the movement in the first sequence above is quite a bit easier. It seems to flow better when I push over my left shoulder first with my right hand on top.
Below are the combinations you can perform with your left hand on top.
Above with left hand on top: I push the bell over the right shoulder and pull it back over the left shoulder.
Above with left hand on top: I push the bell over the left shoulder and pull it back over the right.
One last thing to keep in mind about swinging a mace, especially one the length of the Mace Core Club: the movement HAS to be smooth.
Do not mistake the mace swing as some sort of strict levering movement, because this is not the case. The head of the mace is very heavy and trying to swing it rigidly will cause the momentum to stop and you won’t get it back to the starting position.
In the video below, I show you exactly what I am talking about with the Push and Pull Technique. You’ll also see how important it is to keep the movement smooth and maintain the momentum.
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