An Experience With Mastery

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  1. bushidomartialarts

    bushidomartialarts Senior Master

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    So my wife and I are taking ballroom classes. Well, really, I am taking ballroom classes. My wife, who is an accomplished dancer, is coming with me to hold my hand so I don't get scared.

    This weekend, we went to a dance gig out at a local grange hall. We were the youngest people in there by 15 years...and that couple was a good 25 years younger than the next youngest people.

    I've been practicing martial arts for 25 years now, and I've trained with and under some of the best.

    But I'll tell you right now, dancing with a woman who's been doing the foxtrot for 75 years...that's mastery at a level I've rarely seen. Unconscious success, humility and kindness, everything right there in a smiling package that smelt faintly of talcum powder.
     
  2. Bill Mattocks

    Bill Mattocks Sr. Grandmaster

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    Funny you mention this. I am a photographer by hobby, and I went to the 9th Annual University of Michigan Ballroom Dance Competition in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Those people are athletes - there are no two ways about it.

    It was my second visit to this competition. As I watched them perform their dances...well...I saw similarities to martial arts. The movements, the discipline.

    Well, anyway. Here are my photos from Saturday night. Hope you enjoy them.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wigwam/sets/72157613838182964/
     
  3. elder999

    elder999 El Oso de Dios!

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  4. Guardian

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    Back in the days, allot of football players use to take dance lessons to be nimble on their feet.

    I see no difference then we as MAers doing the same thing.

    I bet you had fun once the fear subsided though LOL.
     
  5. terryl965

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    Herschell Walker did Ballet, enjoy and have fun.
     
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    dancingalone Grandmaster

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    The link between martial arts and dance have been well established. Shoshin Nagamine, the shorin-ryu karate great, was an Okinawan folk dance enthusiast.
     
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    No doubt. The histories behind a lot of martial arts have periods where dance helped to disguise martial arts, and keep martial artists from being persecuted.
     
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    Great share, thanks. Never thought about it, but it sounds like an art all itÂ’s own. With fountain of youth qualities.
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