Zen in Tango – The Martial Artist’s Point of View

Foreword

“Why people with background in martial arts often become good dancers of tango and social ballroom dances” is a question I have heard many times. To me, having a background in martial arts and budo, this is axiomatic as I know what kind of training is applied in martial arts. Martial artists have adopted a training culture where the goal is perfection, which is never or rarely achieved. Skills are fine tuned with humble and focused attitude and devoting oneself totally to the said art means building a certain attitude towards training that is not so self-evident for “casual” non-competitive person attending dance lessons. Martial artists want to know in great detail how a certain movement is done and are not satisfied if they are not doing it perfectly. This attitude is a key asset when training dancing.

Secondly, martial artists learn to control their bodies. They train to have good balance and posture in all kinds of situations. This is good building block towards becoming a good dancer.

Thirdly, the state of mind needed in randori (training method in budo, i.e. Japanese martial arts) is very similar to the state of mind needed when dancing. This aspect I will discuss in more detail in this text.
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JAMITANGO 3.0

The third edition of our tango site is now published and also a totally new tango blog finally created. Here we share some thoughts about tango, learning, teaching and whatever comes to our minds.

We have had some pause in teachings, performances and milonga visits due to our moving to Southern Finland and due to our two magnificent sons, but we have not forgotten tango. There is still hunger within and we have been working on some new ideas and rehearsaling some old ones. So, let’s face jamitango 3.0!