Which Martial Art for a Ballet Boy?

  • OJ89

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    May 27, 2011 2:05 PM GMT
    Okay, so since I can remember I've wanted to take up some form or martial art.
    Being as I'm a dancer, are there any that I will find better for me due to my flexibility/balance?

    Thanks

  • May 27, 2011 5:34 PM GMT
    Well, as you point out, dancing will definitely help you with flexibility, dexterity, agility, etc., and you should be able to grasp how to properly use your feet in coordination with your upper body--so no matter which martial art you choose, you will have some things going for you that other guys may not when just starting out...Hands-down, though, I think the martial art that probably best matches up with your dancing skills is capoeira.

    The origins of capoeira are actually pretty fascinating...you should read up about it first, but I think it would be worth a look...

    If you don't care for it, or can't find a school that teaches capoeira in your area, you could try jiu jitsu, and there are tons of jiu jitsu schools all around the world now. If you want to try something more 'violent', if you will, you could give boxing or muay thai a shot--those are my personal preferences...but they're not for everybody!
  • SoDakGuy

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    May 27, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    ANY OF THEM!


    OJ89 saidOkay, so since I can remember I've wanted to take up some form or martial art.
    Being as I'm a dancer, are there any that I will find better for me due to my flexibility/balance?

    Thanks
  • jperfit

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    May 27, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    RealSportsJock saidWell, as you point out, dancing will definitely help you with flexibility, dexterity, agility, etc., and you should be able to grasp how to properly use your feet in coordination with your upper body--so no matter which martial art you choose, you will have some things going for you that other guys may not when just starting out...Hands-down, though, I think the martial art that probably best matches up with your dancing skills is capoeira.

    The origins of capoeira are actually pretty fascinating...you should read up about it first, but I think it would be worth a look...

    If you don't care for it, or can't find a school that teaches capoeira in your area, you could try jiu jitsu, and there are tons of jiu jitsu schools all around the world now. If you want to try something more 'violent', if you will, you could give boxing or muay thai a shot--those are my personal preferences...but they're not for everybody!


    I agree with this, capoeira will work best for you
  • neosyllogy

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    May 27, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    OJ89 saidOkay, so since I can remember I've wanted to take up some form or martial art.
    Being as I'm a dancer, are there any that I will find better for me due to my flexibility/balance?

    Thanks


    Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (if you want a marital art that's competitive, intellectually challenging, and relevant to some (certainly not all, or even most : ) real fight scenarios)
    Capoeira (if you want a martial art that is fun and culturally rich , but one that (like most) has zero applicability to any real fight scenario)

    BJJ (mind you, it's a complicated sport, so this video looks much cooler if you understand what's going on : ) :


    Capoeira (is more of an impromptu performance, it looks cool no matter what : ) :
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    May 27, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    find one that interests you, as all forms are different paths up the same mountain
  • neosyllogy

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    May 27, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    justim saidfind one that interests you, as all forms are different paths up the same mountain

    Not even a little bit true.

    Aside from the the LARPing martial arts (ones where you just do ridiculous blocks and counters to slow punches and tell eachother that your baddasses under a guise of humble respect) martial arts are incredibly diverse, just like other groups of sports. A person might love boxing, but hate judo for instance. They're completely different animals, tend to have different cultures, and most of all involve very different skill set and kinds of training.
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    May 27, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    neosyllogy said
    justim saidfind one that interests you, as all forms are different paths up the same mountain

    Not even a little bit true.

    Aside from the the LARPing martial arts (ones where you just do ridiculous blocks and counters to slow punches and tell eachother that your baddasses under a guise of humble respect) martial arts are incredibly diverse, just like other groups of sports. A person might love boxing, but hate judo for instance. They're completely different animals, tend to have different cultures, and most of all involve very different skill set and kinds of training.




    different animals run in same forest
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    May 27, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    Given your background and enthusiasm for dance and performance, your build and shouder issue, I'd suggest you explore various forms of Kung Fu.__Wushu is axed on acrobatics and display. Fujian White Crane is an effective self-defense system developed by a woman in 18th century China and stresses nimbleness, precision and a broad range of stances and manouevres to compensate for upper-body strength. 'Northern' styles/schools of Kung Fu characteristically feature more kicks and jumps than the more compact, low-to-the-ground forms of the 'Southern' styles, and always marry efficacy with graceful execution.__Hope this helps.
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    May 27, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    most important question you need to ask yourself... what is your motivation for taking a martial arts class - what do you want to achieve from learning a martial art?

    if you want to learn self defense, you have to be really critical when you choose a style/school. Many styles are not effective as self defense, but may offer a rich culture, philosophy, educational values et.c besides a physical workout.

    then there's many (modern) hardcore fighting styles which may be very effective, but they lack in culture and values.

    anyway... your ballet skills would be handy in a taekwondo class. lot of emphasis on high kicks and flexibility.
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    May 27, 2011 7:49 PM GMT
    judoguy saidmost important question you need to ask yourself... what is your motivation for taking a martial arts class - what do you want to achieve from learning a martial art?

    if you want to learn self defense, you have to be really critical when you choose a style/school. Many styles are not effective as self defense, but may offer a rich culture, philosophy, educational values et.c besides a physical workout.

    then there's many (modern) hardcore fighting styles which may be very effective, but they lack in culture and values.

    anyway... your ballet skills would be handy in a taekwondo class. lot of emphasis on high kicks and flexibility.

    I was thinking Taekwondo at first, but that might be better for an ice skater. If he wants stronger legs, Taekwondo may be good but for more agility I would think Kung-fu, perhaps.
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    May 27, 2011 8:04 PM GMT
    .....like I said it all deppends on what he wants icon_wink.gif
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    May 27, 2011 11:02 PM GMT



    For a ballet boy, may I recommend Taekwondo?

  • OJ89

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    May 27, 2011 11:14 PM GMT
    Cool thanks for all the replies.

    Just got to make the decision now, but at least I know which I may be more suited for.

    Again thanks a lot icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 27, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    wushu
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    May 28, 2011 8:54 AM GMT
    My ex was both a dancer and a martial artist learning both seemed to help one another I think he did judo maybe karate ?.?
  • RogerKites

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    Aug 08, 2015 7:17 AM GMT
    the best martial arts form for a ballet dancer is WTF Taekwondo. TKD lays heavy emphasis on leg movements, acrobatic & spinning moves and aerial movements which to a degree looks like a ballet.

    I am a dancer as well as a Taekwondo fighter.
  • giodude

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    Aug 13, 2015 7:54 PM GMT
    Definitely taekwon do

    Capoeira is a lot of fun, a great work out and very energetic, but the movements are more akin to break dancing and hiphop than ballet. The foot positioning in tkd is far more conducive to ballet than capoeira is. But theres no stopping you from doing both. I do!
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    Aug 15, 2015 3:33 PM GMT
    giodude saidDefinitely taekwon do

    Capoeira is a lot of fun, a great work out and very energetic, but the movements are more akin to break dancing and hiphop than ballet. The foot positioning in tkd is far more conducive to ballet than capoeira is. But theres no stopping you from doing both. I do!
    I used to do tkd, but never did ballet. Now I wanna do both.
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    Aug 24, 2015 8:37 AM GMT
    Try Jujitsu, it comprises all forms of Martial Arts as well as Kick Boxing. Do not give up dancing though, as both sports, the Martial Arts as well as the Ballet will be beneficial to one another. They both attain to balance as well as strength. Think about it, maybe one day while doing Swan Lake you could do a Jujitsu move and toss a guy over your shoulder. It will Wow the crowds.