About Mallakhamb..

History of Mallakhamb

Mallakhamb is the ancient traditional purely Indian Sport. It was originated in Maharashtra around 200 years ago. Guru Balambhattdada Deodhar is known as founder of Mallakhamb. Now it is popular in over 26 states in the country. From 1961 to 1976 Gymnastics Federation of India conducted the National Mallakhamb Championships along with Gymnastics. Even in All India Inter University Championships, Mallakhamb competitions are being conducted for men since 1968-69. Many Institutions in India have taken Mallakhamb abroad on various occasions, in the different International events.

Types of Mallakhamb

There are 3 types of Mallakhamb which are played on competitive level.

FIXED MALLAKHAMB

It is a vertical pole fixed in the ground. Generally teak wood or Sesame (a type of rose wood) is commonly used because of its physical properties such as toughness and soft surface. Castor oil is applied to its surface in order to reduce the friction and minimize the injuries. Generally it is 10 to 12 feet high above the ground level. It has got a diameter of 5 to 6 inches at the bottom and 1.5 to 2 inches at the top.

HANGING MALLAKHAMB

It is a small version of the fixed Mallakhamb and is generally used for balancing exercises. The wooden pole is suspended with the help of a hook and chain. The degree of difficulty while performing this exercise is due to its swinging and revolving motion. The fill body has to be kept very close to this Mallakhamb. It is hanged at the height of 3.5 to 4 feet above the ground.

ROPE MALLAKHAMB

It is a different type of Mallakhamb from those mentioned above and is a modernized version of the c ane Mallakhamb. The structural difference between the above 2 and the Rope Mallakhamb is noteworthy. The Rope Mallakhamb is an answer to the modern day problems like space and transportation. Various Yogic and Gymnastic positions are performed gracefully o n the rope Mallakhamb and that to without tying literal knots to the rope.

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