Zumba Dancing Martial Art Black Belts

One Sunday morning I walked into my Tae Kwon Do class. It's a type of martial art that involves a lot of contact with hands in feet. Depending on the instructor, they would determine the level of contact involved in classes. My sensei's come from the old school. In short, sparring and full contact hitting is always endorsed in the beginning. They have a way of weeding out undesirables that don't fit their philosophy. More often than not, the newer students have to sit back and listen to their 'war stories'. “You guys have it easy, back then...” and so on. Still, the senseis under the head master were not to be taken lightly. When I arrived and started stretching out for class, the head instructor was gathering his black belt's. My group was in the ring watching when a lady walked through the door. The head master wanted to expand his dojo for other activities besides his usual martial arts classes. He made an agreement to have the lady teach Zumba every Friday at his dojo. If any of you have seen Zumba, you can bet on one thing. You will move, and you will sweat. More often than not it involves a lot of dance movements and other types of workouts as well. Participants of Zumba dance too mainly to salsa/reggaeton/merengue/ or any type of fast pacing music. All of a sudden, the lady takes center stage. The head master expected his black belt's to take a quick Zumba class. All you heard from my group was, “No Way, Oh my, they are going to do what?" Music started blasting. The woman started off slow doing simple side steps. The black belts lined up in rows of three and followed. Then, reggaeton hit the air waves. The instructor took off dancing. The sensei's quickly followed. These 30 year old and over senseis were on their toes for the whole class. Many struggled as they tried mimicking the instructor’s hip movements. Many hours have been devoted to those instructors’ movements. The sensei's clearly needed some work on theirs. Nevertheless, the stumbling senseis didn't become discouraged. They did their best to follow the instructor and even tried to sing along with the tracks. I even heard some stereo typical Hispanic screams. "Arriba, muy caliente, rapido mas rapido", the sensei's were enjoying themselves. My group was clearly entertained. I was even stretching out with my group to the beat of the music. Twenty minutes later, the mini Zumba class ended. The senseis were exhausted and sweat dripped down their faces. Some of the sensei's walked around with one hand on their hip. Priceless moment. The power of Zumba has done something I could never do. Physically wear out a black belt. The black belts left soon after and the head instructor got his show. Unfortunately, my class was just getting started. But that's for another day. Still, the image of those dancing iron fisted black belts will always stay with me forever

stocktonundergrad21 stocktonundergrad21
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1 Response Nov 5, 2011

awesome!!! :)<br />
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makes me wonder if the blackbelts had been resting on their statuses for a while, because to get to blackbelt you surely have to be super-fit. zumba is very, very energetic... i know because i do it... i also know what kinds of trials you have to endure to achieve a blackbelt (in freestyle, not in tae kwon do, mind... still, surely they have to be of a comparable standard?) and they are brutal. brutal beyond a mini-zumba class anyway. and believe me, saying that's no disregard whatsoever for the zumba class.<br />
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i myself am a purple belt in freestyle (one before brown belt in our club) and do zumba and am working toward a career in pro wrestling which i take classes in too... also i back all that up with weights sessions at the gym. my most regular classes are the martial arts ones, though, due to location availability compared to the others. so i saw the title of this story and thought, "ahhh, i simply have to comment on that one!" :)<br />
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awesome funny story, i can just picture it, gave me a massive smile inside reading that! :D