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William Calvani

William started wrestling at 8 years old in the hale and hardy New Jersey wrestling scene. He is a brown belt in BJJ under Gordon Emery at Charlottesville BJJ, a submission grappler and catch wrestler. His experiences and other interests provided the intuition that in traditional grappling cultures, such as Japanese Sumo, Iranian Zoorkaneh, Senegalese Laamb and Indian Kushti, wrestling is a spiritual path and was codified, validated. Joseph Alter's book The Wrestler's Body and Scientific Wrestling's video of Karl Gotch's Conditioning for Combat Sports led William to an auto didactic exploration of the exercises of the Indian Akhara, called Vyayam and their effectiveness in promoting strength, dynamic movement and longevity in relation to grappling. Under the name Waryoga, the focus of his regime is Dand (Hindu pushup), Bethak (Hindu squat), Gada (mace swinging), Gota (stone lifting), Asanas (postures), Gar Nal (stone necklace) and most importantly, grappling.

THE TRIBE

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Join The Tribe I like my Prose like I like my wrestling: heavy, without gaps and without letting up on the pressure. Writing and wrestling can be alike. We use techniques to achieve our goal, but those techniques practiced until they are the vocabulary of our movement come alive in the fight and are only meaningful […]

WTF DO THEY USE: THE GADA

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The Gada William Calvani explains why the Gada, an Indian wrestler’s strength tool, is the perfect addition to any combat athlete’s regimen as part of our new series exploring unconventional strength and conditioning tools. The Gada, or it’s modern counterpart the mace, is a minimalist tool, providing maximum benefit. The tool has begun to make its way […]