Under: Conditioning
23 May 2009

10 Responses to “Karate Pole Dancing, Hula Hoop, & Gymnastics; Enhanced Training?”

  1. Krista Says:

    Karate pole dancing’s a good one! I’ve heard of people making up kata but that’s got to be a first.

  2. Martial Arts News 5.24.09 « Striking Thoughts Says:

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  3. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Krista, I search the ends of the world to find interesting applications of karate… this one was a bit of a reach, but I was able to fine some transferable skills. :)

  4. Neal Martin Says:

    Interesting post. I’ve always thought gymnastics had good martial arts applications (you remember that eighties movie Gymkata!). Being able to move like a gymnast can only help your martial arts at the end of the day. The key here would lie in being able to integrate the two properly. Same with pole dancing. Both provide good foundations but may not necessarily equate into martial arts success. I may suggest hitting a pole dancing club to my fellow karateka at the next training session, just to see what new moves we can pick up. My guess is they’ll go for it!

  5. Stephen Martin Says:

    Amazing site! I found your site very interesting. Thanks! I like the way how you had portrait everything.

  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Neal, I remember seeing previews of Gymkata I think… was it any good? I know I get frustrated when during a movie fight scene, they start doing summersaults. :)
    Hi Stephen, welcome and feel free to comment on any topic you find interesting. I stopped by your website and it is an interesting idea to get a self-defense resource website (from what I could gather). I’ve always believed in a layered defense strategy, as you never know if the kick, pepper spray, dog, or cops will be the thing that makes you safe… putting them together is ideal in my mind.

  7. On My Own Two Feet » Blog Archive » Cross-Training: Bellydancing Says:

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  8. Sly Says:

    I love the sword-belly dance, that takes some skill and talent. Very cool post.

  9. Polly Says:

    I like the kung fu pole dancing – it might not be a real discipline yet, but maybe one day it will be! It manages to be strong and elegant at the same time. Maybe not useful unless you get into a fight in a pole dancing club – or maybe near a signpost.
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  10. Matt Klein Says:

    Great entertainment John. Amazing how those bellydance girls can balance the swords on their heads. I think dancing really helps with coordination, flexibility, and grace for a martial artist–and so much fun. Very timely article as I just purchased the Wii. The game that came with it; Last Dance 2. Going to shut the curtains because I will look like an absolute tool trying it.
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