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Brenn
Brenn

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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 28th Jun 2004
Total posts: 3286
Posted:First post! Yay!



Anyways, a question to kick off the new board:



Do you draw from a style of dance or martial art when you fire twirl? Did either of the two disciplines lead you to fire twirl? Or vice versa?


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Iawas
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Location: Leiden, Holland
Member Since: 24th Aug 2007
Total posts: 3
Posted:i've been doing tai chi for about 4 years now. i think it influenced my poi spinning (i've been doing it since my 14th so basically its my standard way of moving). but it definitly took quite a while before i was possible to really move freely with my poi and develop a bit of style i can call my own. biggrin

and yay my first post wavehello so hey to everyone biggrin


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Dante40
Dante40

WITHOUT DANCE, LIFE WOULD HAVE NO MEANING
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Member Since: 24th Jul 2007
Total posts: 24
Posted:Hi! I was a professional dancer for over twenty years, but when I got into poi, and now fire, I didn't know that you could mix the the two! I've been spinning for awhile now, but just recently started to incorporate dance moves and choreography. (Thanks to pounce showing me that there's more to spinning than just spinning!) weavesmiley biggrin

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aston
aston

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Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:I still think that it helps to have a decent repertoire of moves. Even if you can get by with a few weaves and maybe a butterfly and buzzsaw. :P

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Zazie
Zazie

There Is No Spoon
Location: Brighton
Member Since: 19th Jun 2007
Total posts: 68
Posted:I incorperate a lot of different styles into my staffing, I think it mainly depends on what kind of music I'm spinning to. If there's no music I'm pretty boring to watch...

Love spinning to hip hop, and I'll generally automatically go into breakdance toprock - I'm working on contact and footwork, it goes pretty well together but you gotta be pretty damn good at both to properly jam it out.

I really wanna do more locking/popping and bellydance, I think these would go reeeally well with contact too. I use elements of these styles already.

I also do a lot of contemporary stuff but generally only if I've choreographed it otherwise I feel like a bit of a knob...

Did a course of tai chi once which I really loved, but was eventually put off since I don't subscribe to the theory behind it, I think it's all in the mind but has massive benefits. Martial artists - general views on this?


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aston
aston

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Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:What do you mean by theory behind it? The concept of chi or what?

Because I do know that Tai Chi (and Qi Gong which is the only martial art art I have dabbled in, aside from Goju Ryu Karate which is what my main focus is) is firmly rooted on good body logic. The movements do help develop awareness of your limbs and so on. I still suggest doing some, even if not for use as manipulation.

I am sure that someone better qualified than I can answer this better.


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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:if anything, playing music has influenced me more in the last 12 months than any martial arts.

musicality improves, strengthens my rhythm, adds nuance to my movement - martial arts focused me too much things that didn't apply to a fire toy: interacting an opponent, seizing on weaknesses, reading bodies.

Though my style might appear very martial arts based, I now more identify with dancing over roundahouses. Sorry Chuck Norris!!


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