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Sunday, August 14th, 2005
2:25 am
Hello! I've been interested in martial arts for many years and have studied intermittantly, though I've decided to learn about fitness, weightlifting and nutrition first, as I feel these are integral for maximal performance.

Bellydancing is a more recent interest. I can't really pinpoint my first interest... yoga attracted me because of the spirituality and flexibility, and through that and appreciation of the indian culture, I guess I began to think of middle eastern passions such as bellydance. Egypt too has partook of it. I like to look at art people post, and bellydancing is a common theme of exoticness in the sexual art I look at. It was beautiful, and sensual, and I wanted it, even if it was for girls.

Luckily, there's a place for males in belly dance as well, of a graceful warrior. I want the abdominal control of bellydance, the control of the hips and the ribcage, and the rhythm. The raw sexuality and complete control that has escaped me, it is beautiful. On it's own right, and how it will compliment my combat, as well as the way I hold myself, for it is another fitness.

Alas, I went to see bellydancing, for my birthday I got up and danced with a girl, but I could not match her, though I did sway my wide hips to the best of my ability. I have downloaded videos of bellydance off of the internet, but they are mainly demonstrations. They did make me want it more though :) Asking the dancer, I received a flyer, but the local school that teaches it isn't open to men. My last resort which I have tried is some exercise tapes available in the public library where I work. I have tried one, though it doesn't really teach it that well. A lot of it is stuff like crunches... I can do that on my own time, I just want to learn the dancing movements and what I must do to achieve them, fitness is for a separate time, and I think I am skilled enough in that anyway.

Oh wait... yes I remember my initial interest... there was this show called Breaker High and the class buffoon named Jimmy was a fat man with a beard and he danced, and was loved, it inspired me, because even his lardous gut did look beautiful the way it convulsed. I don't aspire to keep such a thing, but I think that if bellydancing can do that, why then it can do even better to a flat delicate stomach of a lady's, and close enough with a man's.

I had thought the convulsions and flutters, the virtual wave-like ripples of the stomach were done by pushing and pulling out aspects of the chest, and I tried that on my own before looking at any real teaching. Apparently though, tilting the rib cage is a great part, and the arms help to distract from or amplify any movements.

There is also such earthy culture, I read a book on that, how it was to honour goddesses. I like that, because there are goddesses all around me and they do see very unhonoured, which is saddening...
Thursday, July 28th, 2005
1:52 pm
Hi folks!
I didn't join this community a long time ago because I'd seen people posting about karate and I thought only karate-dancers could join. But then I took a better look at the userinfo and I saw it's for anyone who's into bellydancing, martial arts or both. So here I am! I did T'ai Chi for several months years before I started taking bellydance lessons and I loved it. I'd really like to get into it again but I'm not sure where or how or how much it would cost (my introduction to it was through classes at my university, I did it for two quarters = six months and learned the entire 24th form of Yang style -- excuse me if I got it wrong but it was a while ago *blush*). Also I'd wanted to take Tae Kwon Do for a very long time, since I was little, and lately I've thought Kendo seems pretty cool as well, but right now I'm not all that physically fit and I'd like to be in better shape before taking something with more contact and requiring more stamina.

I started taking bellydance lessons last year and took them for about seven months before being forced to quit due to financial concerns. However I do practice a lot on my own.

That's all about me, as I relate to this community. So, hi!
Monday, January 31st, 2005
3:18 pm
Hey =D
Hi all ^^ Nice to meet you =D

I've been doing Karate for a few months now, and I've just recently gotten into bellydancing.

Unfortunately I am just learning from a book as there aren't any teachers in my area(Most are about an hours drive away and haha, I can't drive yet) but I think I'm learning it alright for having no one to help me ^_^(Of course, I haven't actually seen myself dance so I can't really make a good statement about that)

But I think practicing belly dancing has helped me be more graceful while I'm doing katas and it's really fun ^_^

Current Mood: Gleeful
Saturday, November 27th, 2004
4:59 pm
I'm a new belly dancer and a soon-to-be martial arts chick..

Having strong abs is important in both.. and the belly in the centre of power in both..

That's my theory on why some people like belly dancing and martial arts :)
Saturday, September 25th, 2004
8:36 pm
Hi everybody! I have just started gaining an interest in bellydancing and will be taking a class this summer. I love the control bellydancers have over their bodies and the graceful way they move. Coordination is not my strong point and getting my arms to move with the rest of me is quite the challenge. But hopefully that will start to smooth out soon...anyway its nice to meet everyone! bye!

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, August 4th, 2004
6:28 pm
Hello all. The name's Suzi, and this community is awesome. I'm in advanced belly-dancing and will be testing for my yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do on August 14. I know the yellow belt thing isn't very impressive, but i just started about a month ago. Just looking for friends and all that. ^.^
Sunday, August 1st, 2004
2:22 am
Tonight I went to a circle veil workshop. Towards the end of the evening we were just fooling around and my dance instructor suggested that I do a judo turn in with my veil. So I did a sloppy uchi-mata. (for the non-judoka here that turn in involves turning your back to the uki while pulling them up against your hip and then bringing your leg up against their inner thigh and sliding them over your leg onto their back.) Done with the veil it basically turned into a spin with the veil sliding across my hips and around my body as I lean forward and bringing my leg straight out behind me in a little hop. This greatly amused Shan and the woman giving the workshop. I think I'll try more turn ins with the circle veil and see how they look.
Friday, July 16th, 2004
8:27 am
Problems with students....
My kids class is on hiatus for the summer. But I was talking about it the other day with my co-workers and it got me thinking about some of the students.

There's one kid, about eight or nine years old, who is extremely strong for his age. And he knows it. His favourite part of class is when we're doing randori. His technique is often sloppy, because he doesn't pay attention to that part of class, but his strength lets him get by against the other kids, for now. He frequently forgets that the other kids are smaller than him and we've had to speak to him several times about excessive force. At first he was very disrespectful, often giving us an attitude that we didn't like. (I can't count the number of times I've told him to uncross his arms while bowing, I'm a stickler for etiquette.)

We've had to put him in his place several times. Whenever he's gotten too cocky or pushy with the other kids we match him up with one of the instructors and show him how much he has left to learn. This seems to be working. He's much more respectful towards the instructors now. I've also informed him that I won't be allowing him to compete in any tournaments until his attitude about martial arts has improved. This seems to have straightened up his attitude a lot too.

I don't think he's a bad kid, just one who's very insecure and feels the need to assert his dominance. I worry that I'm going to get a phone call from parents that he's using judo outside of class, which I've made very clear will result in him never coming back unless he can convince me he was defending himself. I could see him someday becoming a bully, but I'm hoping that we can steer him away from it. (I find kids who use physical violence a lot are the ones who don't understand how it hurts and being thrown a couple of times shows them how it feels.)

So what are people's opinions on this? He hasn't done anything really wrong, so I'm not going to stop him from coming back in the fall, but any ideas on how to deal with him?

x-posted to the_kodokan, bushido_babes and bushido_belly
Friday, July 2nd, 2004
9:00 am
Just a thought....
There was a post on the bellydancing community recently about encountering prejudice because of bellydance being associated with the Middle East. Given the current political climate that's to be expected, sadly. But I think that even before 9/11 this prejudice against anything middle eastern existed.

There is a fair amount of prejudice against the oriental world as well out there. But I notice that martial arts don't seem to suffer from the same stigma.

Why do you think this is? Is it because martial arts is a fighting style, and a "manly" thing? Is it because martial arts movies have made it part of pop culture? Is it just the difference in the stereotypes associated with the two different cultures?

Or am I completely wrong and people do encounter a similar distrust of martial arts because it's "foreign".

I'm just curious what everyone's perspective is on this.
Wednesday, June 30th, 2004
10:48 am
For passionate dancers/martial artists
Do any of you ever feel that you can't seem to balance the two passions. I train in aikido and am VERY passionate about it. But, I have been a bellydancer for 5 years and I am EXTREMELY passionate about that. Anyway, there are times when I can't seem to balance the two out...it's either/or sometimes...which is difficult because I want to consistently train in Aikido...but that requires a lot of the time that I'd rather spend bellydancing.

Any input?
Monday, June 28th, 2004
11:14 pm
everyone else is doing it...
Not very good at intros, how about a ramble?

Hi. I haven't really ever done a martial art except as a tag-along to a friend's class or demonstrations at school (longer ago than I like to admit). I've always wanted to do a martial art, and I've settled on Kendo. I hope to visit the dojo and start studying (instead of just researching!) next month. *fingers crossed*

I started bellydancing in the FCBD tribal style about 3 months ago. I had taken a few cabaret classes here and there, but this is my most serious commitment to it. It's really fun and I love the costumes!

I'm a little worried about spreading myself to thin. I own and ride Whisper (you can see pictures of him on my lj) and take bellydance, and do yoga, and now I want to add the kendo. Oh, and I am a craft project collector. Man do I love to make things!

And because I always wonder where others are from: I live in Sunnyvale, CA.
9:13 pm
Wow, very interesting. I live in Richmond, VA (which I mention because Norfolk Dept of Recreation was mentioned and someone suggested I find bellydancing teachers through Richmond's Dept. of Recreation a while ago), and have been wanting to learn/engage in professional style bellydancing for quite a while.

I've taken ...Yang style T'ai Chi? ... not sure... a form of T'ai Chi and other internal Chinese arts (Pa Kua, Chi Gong) for under a year... Am very interested in swordplay and archery (for example, kendo, kyudo... as well as T'ai Chi sword and western archery).

Really, martial arts and dancing (and bellydancing), have been or are potential passions of mine, but I've never had the initiative to train in any of them for extended periods of time.

Cool community.

-- Zahdi

Current Mood: pleased
4:20 pm
Obligatory Introductory Post
Hello! I just joined. I'm not a belly-dancer, but I do dance (and I think I'm decent... does that count?) I've done kung fu for a couple of years and, if all goes well, I'll be cross-training at an MMA gym soon doing some grappling. *crosses fingers* I really just do West Indian style dancing. I learned from my mother. I've tried swing dancing, since I always loved the 40s era and it seemed like an awesome thing to do... but after trying it, realized it completely contradicted my training and I would probably never be halfway decent at it. :( It's the weight distribution, you know. I can't just dance on the balls of my feet anymore.

Current Mood: chipper
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