What is Pole Arts?
Until recently, the West saw pole-dancing as synonymous with strip-tease, but the art of pole as a sport has an 800 year old history rooted in the East.
HISTORY OF POLE:
The use of pole for sports and exercise can be traced back to India and China around 800 years ago.
The traditional Indian sport Mallakhamb, meaning pole wrestling, is done on a tapered wooden pole, and was trained exclusively by men. Mallakhamb is used to develop speed, reflexes, concentration and co-ordination.
The traditional Chinese pole uses two poles on which acrobats perform gravity defying tricks as they leap from pole to pole, which are rubber coated and between 3 and 9 meters tall.
Pole sport today still uses many of the fundamentals and tricks from both Indian and Chinese pole training.
Currently there is a big shift in the perception of pole sport towards fitness and health with poles being recognized as sport equipment rather than just 'poles for dancing'. It is practiced by both men and women all over the world.
Individual pole tricks are trained like regular body weight exercises. They condition the body, develop the core, overall strength and flexibility.
Tricks that are grouped together in 'combos' develop focus, concentration and cardiovascular fitness.
The addition of a spinning pole has increased the range of tricks and training with the capability of making an exercise easier OR harder!
POLE AS AN ART:
The combination of strength, conditioning, cardio and mental focus means pole training can benefit all aspects of health in an individuals life. It also boosts confidence and self esteem. People of any age, fitness level or sport experience who start pole see improvements.