Friday, December 30, 2011

Pole dancing is the opposite of jiu jitsu.


Besides some insight into breaking grips, that was my big realization of the night. I left the gym...somehow covered in glitter. A friend joked that I'd been to a pole dancing class that's all the rage now and it hit me that pole dancing is the opposite of jiu jitsu for the following reasons:

  • In pole dancing, clothing is minimized...in jiu jitsu, you're likely wearing a huge, unflattering, rough slab of thick woven cotton covering you from your neck to your ankles. 
  • In jiu jitsu you're wearing no shoes. Pole dancing...
  • Pole dancing, it's rare to find a man in the class...in jiu jitsu, lots of guys. 
  • Pole dancing, no contact, no touching...jiu jitsu, lots of contact, lots of touching. So much touching.
  • Jiu jitsu, 90% of the time, you're on the ground...pole dancing, you're spending a lot of time in the air. 
  • Feel free to add your own!
**Disclaimer: Apologies to pole dancing aficionados if I got any of that wrong. I've never taken a class (I don't see how you guys get over the fear of falling) so I speak purely from the tales of friends. 

10 comments:

SavageKitsune said...

Heh... I love to wear glitter in my hair and in my skin moisterizer... I had to stop wearing it because whichever poor male teammate who rolled with me was then teased mercilessly by the others.

Megan said...

LOL...that's great.

DagneyTaggert said...

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is accidentally sexual.

Pole dancing is purposely sexual.

Megan said...

Lol@Dagney...good one!

magdalene said...

there are a few similarities though...

They both require grip strength... the more the better!

They both require a balance of flexibility and strength. ;)

tres_arboles said...

I love your blog, Megan. Thanks to your Roy Dean piece below, I spent some time today reading reviews of his stuff, his website, his youtube channel, and then purchased the 'Best of Roy Harris' collection he produced. My first ever instructional purchase.

As for this pole dancing business, I have to believe that a proficient pole dancer would have some really useful BJJ attributes (hand strength, athletic body control, push-pull sensitivity, etc). Not that I'm all that familiar with pole dancing or anything.

But is BJJ really accidentally sexual? I hope not. Intimate for sure. Not sexual. :-)

Looking forward to some free time so I can read more of your stuff here. Keep it up.

David

Reese said...

LOL! Love it.

Megan said...

Hi David!

Unfortunately, I would have to say it is accidentally sexual...or at least accidentally perceived as sexual. No fault of its own, but it's just the nature of a few of the positions. I'd honestly never thought about the applicability of pole dancing skills to BJJ until a friend started taking serious lessons and began complaining of the things she couldn't do. She sounded a LOT like me when I first started training.

Glad you got something practical out of the Roy Dean piece! It was one of my favorites to date...the man is a fascinating person. Thanks for reading!

manny said...

haha! Funny analogy! You crack me up! I never would have put the two topics in the same sentence, by the way i am loving the color scheme of your blog. Easy on the eyes....

Megan said...

lol@Manny...thanks on the color scheme. I think I've finally found something I like.