Freedom of Movement through Skill Creativity Flow

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Hey you, and welcome to Dutch Flow Academy. The place to learn about flow and swinging clubs and maces.

New course/category launch: Heavy Clubs 101. A new categorie for DFA, swinging two heavy clubs.

Dutch Flow Events: 9th of March Indian Clubs & Mace Workshop, 22-24th of March  Mace Certification Netherlands. April 5-7th Mace Certification Spain, April 13th Mace Workshop Madrid 09:00-14:00 & 17:00-19:00.

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Multiple online steel mace, heavy club and light club programs from a complete beginner to the most advanced course out there.

Right now Dutch Flow Academy offers fourteen courses on the mace, aka steel mace or macebell, gada, light clubs, heavy club and heavy clubs. These programs help you develop your skill, creativity, posture, balance, fluidity, strength, conditioning, and a lot more. The courses offer a unique approach to the swinging tools by combining the traditional style of swinging traditions with the incredible multitude of swings and transitions that have been discovered in recent times. Be prepared to be challenged in your approach, skill, and thinking. All you need is internet and your tool!

Mamilian Krae
Mamilian Krae@krae.max
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“While I was tempted to skip the traditional series (you know, „come on, I know how to do 360s“, blablabla…), I am honestly glad I didn‘t – I‘ve never tried 360s, figure 8s etc. in all directions and with different pivots before. And I must say: whoa, cool stuff – exactly what I was missing.“
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“I am enjoying the program very much! I find it challenging in new ways. Some of the language and names are different than what I am used to. But it is good to learn new styles and interpretations of the practice. I love how you let your personality come through. I’m about to start the next segment now!“
Georgie Barnes
Georgie Barnes
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A great guide to learn basic and complex movements that break the mould of steel mace workouts and flows.
Sara Bigatti
Sara Bigatti@sara.flowing.wolf
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"Nicely set-up course, detailed explanations! I love how it builds up, especially the workouts combinations. It really focuses on learning the movements first so that when it's time to build the flow you already feel kind of "confident". Highly recommended!"
Doro Appel
Doro Appel@coachdoro
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Beats masterclass was one of the best investments i did this year! I thought I know something about mace training, now I know I knew very little yet probably do. It's like a whole new universe of training possibilities with the mace! The program is very organized with tons of information how to handle the mace regarding moves, directions and pivots. It still blows my mind sometimes and it has a great carryover to my usual mace training - e.g. my technique for heavy swings improved so much although I am basically doing light weight technical training in the masterclass. If you want to bring your mace training to the next level (wherever you start) I highly recommend this program!

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A platform teaching essential skills for rotational training equipment to gain mastery and control over momentum.

Dutch Flow Academy was founded in 2017 with the simple goal of bringing flow and functionality into movement. Harbert became obsessed with the mace and clubs and this led him to pursue the history of the mace and clubs by documenting its origins in India. He also taught multiple workshops and reached hundreds of people through his online teachings and steel mace training in Amsterdam. Dutch Flow Academy brings his knowledge to a worldwide platform where you can learn the skill to master and teach rotational training equipment. Our mission is to give you the freedom to move through skill, flow, and creativity.

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Freedom of Movement stands for the ability to move whenever you want to or need to. This translates to development in coordination, strength, mobility, and conditioning. We believe skill, creativity and flow will add another dimension to your freedom of movement.

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Skill is about developing coordination and neural pathways. You must be able to control your body to control the tool. Mastering a movement pattern has to be prioritised before weight or complexity.

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Remember when you were a child and movement was exciting? Adding creativity to your movement practice adds the element of play and intellect. We coach and empower you to create your own movement and to play with it as an antidote to all the seriousness.

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Flow in our context can be interpreted in two ways. Flow stands for the flow state that appears when you're fully engaged with what you're doing. Flow also alludes to the seamless transitioning between movements, making the tool an extension of the body.


Mace Flow: In theory all sorts of maces would do. In practice, however, we find that a lighter mace is best for learning a new movement. A weight of around 4/5kg or 9-11lbs would be best suited as a light weight. We would also advise a length of a 100cm to 110cm. Shorter maces have a different feeling of momentum to it, and it changes the dynamic of certain exercises. Longer maces will prevent you from doing a lot of exercises due to the immense length of them. So get at least a light mace, even though you think it’s too light. It will be your buddy for a lifetime. 

Gada/Mace: Here the recommended weight is 6-7kg or 14-16lbs. If you’ve got some experience with the mace already, you can use a heavier mace too. The length can be from 105cm – 130cm. 

Light Clubs: Choose relatively light clubs. 0.5kg-1kg as a beginner pair. They’re usually sold as Indian Clubs.

Heavy Club: Choose a club between 5-6kg. This club should also be suitable for single arm swings.

Heavy Clubs: A pair of clubs between 2.5-4kg for each club is a good beginner weight. Don’t underestimate how hard it is to balance two weights at the same time.

There are five different categories on Dutch Flow Academy: Mace Flow, Gada/Mace, Light Clubs, Heavy Club and Heavy Clubs. All of the categories have a 101 course. This is the course to start your journey with the tool and with Dutch Flow Academy. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, the 101’s will improve your basics. The basics form the root for everything that is more complex.

Secondly, there is a SIX course, which is the follow up after the 101. This is a six week workout course structure, which allows you to have three workouts per week. This usually takes longer to complete than just six weeks. 

Furthermore there are add on courses and more complex courses like SIX level 2 or a masterclass. This takes the tool and your capability to its maximum capability.

There are five categories of swinging tools for which we provide online courses and live events.

Mace Flow: this category focusses on lighter maces with transitions and flows. A regular steel mace or macebell is required, which allows for a multitude of transitions and flows.

Gada/Mace: This series is more traditional and is eligible for all types of maces. Long and heavy maces can only be used for this categorie.

Light Clubs: also known as indian clubs, this category focusses on light clubs (0.5-2kg) which allows for more limb independence coordination and wrist and shoulder strength.

Heavy Club: for all clubs, wood or steel, that allows two hands to be on the handle. The heavy club allows for more static strength and less momentum.

Heavy Clubs: two heavy clubs or meels to practice limb independence and insane grip and shoulder strength. Coordination and heavier weights make this a challenging category!

This depends on the course. The 101’s do not need prior experience. The SIX courses can be done without the 101, but will require some prior experience before starting. The masterclass needs prior experience and ideally mace flow 101 and mace flow SIX before starting.

All courses have a lifetime subscription once bought.
No you can not download them directly. In order to have access to the course you will need access to the internet.

Make the tool work for you, let it be an extension of your body

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McStanley FitnessMcStanley Fitness
05:20 25 Dec 23
Very good workshop, coach Harbert and Santi are nice, patient and clear instructionReally enjoy the workshop
Michael LoMichael Lo
00:50 25 Dec 23
This is amazing.
Derek MelcherDerek Melcher
04:51 28 Nov 23
I was totally surprised at all the amazing benefits this practice has to offer! This is something all people should give a try whether a man, woman, young or old. This ancient practice is truly a hidden gem here in the states. I can’t believe I wasn’t exposed to it earlier in life - I know it would have helped me on multiple levels. These Instructors are legit and A+ professionals i.e. provide proper warmup, step by step instruction and great cues on technique! I’d recommend this for nearly anyone that wants to better themselves! The practice may offer rehabilitative benefits for you and compliments any sporting endeavor! Unlike CrossFit and other exercise methods, reported injuries are relative few. The proper movement practice has little stress on the joints as it utilizes natural elements such as gravity, momentum, inertia, leveraging and so forth. The Gada/Mace, esp with these great instructors, can unite you with a fun, effective, and unique ancient practice that will promote your overall health and well-being!!
Christina PapaChristina Papa
02:01 28 Nov 23
I attended the mace and clubs workshop in Toronto. I really enjoyed it. As a beginner I found it easy to follow. Both Harbert and Santi gave really clear direction and took their time going around helping everyone practice their swings. Really great experience. Highly recommend it.
Paul SawhPaul Sawh
00:26 28 Nov 23
Just a shout out to Dutch Flow Academy! I just finished the Club and Mace training with Harbert. It was a fantastic experience and a great introduction for me to the Club and Mace. Harbert is a very patient instructor and he really knows these implements really well. His assistant Santiago was also very helpful and showed me details about the correct technique. Overall, a great experience. It is a great start and I am training daily now.thanks guys!Paul Sawh
00:08 28 Nov 23
Attended the Toronto workshop, and must say the amount of knowledge shared with us was a whole lot. What makes it unique is that Harbert has a unique practice and teaches the mace within that context; He also has a unique personality, and surprised me by being able to memorize everyone’s name from the very start. A big plus for him being such a free spirit!Would I recommend this? Definitely!
Queen of Hearts K3Queen of Hearts K3
21:38 27 Nov 23
Absolutely worth every penny! Harbert and Santi know what they are doing and have really broken down the science to moving with a mace in such an easy and digestible way. I was afraid of not being able to keep up when I signed up for this workshop and ended up doing moves that I have never done before! I found my flow and look forward to catching another workshop in the future.
Barbara OczujdaBarbara Oczujda
07:08 11 Jul 23
I had a lot of fun during the macebell workshop and of course I have learned how to swing properly and even got a bit of a flow 😉 It was worth coming all the way from Germany and I am planning to join some more workshops in the future. If you are a total newbie with those kind of exercises or maybe you know something about it - I would still recommend you to try it under the Dutch Flow Academy! 💪