Well, I’ve been looking into the dance-related elements of systema, and what I’ve found is something called “Combat Hopak”. Supposedly it’s a revival of a traditional Cossack art from the Ukraine, rather than Russia. I dunno, it looks to me like a lot of Asian moves mixed up with traditional dance, but what do I know? 🙂
I met up with Carlos today in Singapore’s Arab Street, and we had a long chat over lunch. We compared his Wing Chun and my Yiquan (such as it is) and found many points of similarity. He mentioned that his sifu knows a form of Wing Chun based on Chinese opera, which I reckon would be quite cool to see!
I always enjoy talking to Carlos – he’s so enthusiastic about his martial arts studies, I always leave our conversations feeling way more determined to work hard at my own!
Just thought I would add this in here, as I don’t want to write a separate post about it: if I’m asking about martial arts with a strong dance element, I shouldn’t forget silat! I don’t know too much about Silat, but I’m aware that it’s performed to music at Malay weddings, and some of its many diverse forms are very close to dance….