The Chaos of Balance–Kenneth Kao

A man searching for a balanced life has many stories.

Male Pole Dancing– Breaking the Mold, Changing the Stigma

Sooo,

I’m way obsessed about pole dancing now.  No, it’s not what you think: I’m not going to check out girls, I’m not hoping to get laid, and my wife approves.  I’m interested because I’ve straight up admiration for what can be accomplished. The strength and control that’s involved is absolutely incredible, and so—I had to try it for myself.

The last few weeks, I’ve been taking Pole classes.  Not only do I enjoy it, but I think I’m totally going to take up the flag and help in the charge.  Where’s the war, you ask?  It’s the negative stigma associated with Pole Dancing.  Negative being that pole dancing MUST be associated with stripping or prostitution.

Already, I’m getting the looks and the jokes—and I’m ok with that.  It’s to be expected.  Like Parkour, the preconception society has due to media is wrong.

But pole IS a legitimate modern fitness regime.  Often, the moves are transferable to Parkour techniques—the “cool” fitness thing to do.  So why are we looking down on valid and useful and amazing techniques because of the social category it’s been put in?

So, now I teach Parkour, I’m a Kung Fu Instructor, a Chiropractor, a writer—and I’m an aspiring Male Pole Dancer…Who isn’t gay and/or a stripper.  Who woulda thought?

The stuff is cool.  And I’m not afraid to announce how ridiculously awesome it is.  Give it a try, and as much as I also hate the fact that you need to show so much skin—it’s actually functional to the discipline.  I just went out and bought the shortest running shorts a man can find.

They’re red.

I don’t wear red.  I don’t wear anything that doesn’t at least cover my knees.

Anyway, I’m pretending that I’m not one bit embarrassed to show so much leg.  We’ll see if I can keep up the sham.  Wish me luck.

Check out these awesome vids:

One of the most amazing acts I’ve ever seen-

http://youtu.be/79uYW9g54k4

Inspiring vid-

http://youtu.be/ZF_6PXRt5Es

Yeah, this guy’s straight up buff-

http://youtu.be/roOpKsflY2I

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2012 by in Parkour, Pole, Writing and tagged , , , , , , .
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