Ever wonder about the world of flow arts or contemporary circus/ juggling? There are so many beauties and wonders to behold in such a place full of magic, martial arts, performance art , visual art, and object manipulation. The props and tools used to create this beauty are more than tools, they are instruments that play the sweet music of flow arts and manipulation. Let's take a tour of some of the many branches that encompasses the world of these arts.
Hooping and juggling are very well known within the realm of flow arts but they do not exist alone, poi, staff, batons, and so much more fill this world of flow arts. Maori art form of poi spinning is just one of the extensions of this art . Under the big umbrella of this magical world, there also is fire poi, flag poi and contact poi. Even contact juggling has its two forms: one ball and multi-ball and it just goes to show that flow arts holds so much variety in it's art, so much to experience.
In addition to this colossal family of art, clubs have been around for quite some time. It varies from club juggling to club swinging and even contact club. Another branch off dealing with a club as a prop is club manipulation, where without having to traditionally juggle the clubs. Imagine Tai Chi meets juggling. Then we have the staff and its many different forms. There is traditional staff spinning and many more different styles such as contact staff, baton twirlers and traditional chinese Fei Cha. This is all just a taste of what flow arts has to offer.
Not only is flow arts exciting and magical, it is great for us in so many ways. It helps us with our motor skills, helping us with our hand eye coordination, reflex, memory and finding the flow within ourselves. Taking part in this art is more than discovering the props, tricks, technique but more importantly is that flow arts teaches you more about yourself than you will realize. Finding the true meaning of flow, discipline, focus in life. Flow arts can transcend from a hobby to a way of life and it never disappoints. When you embark on the road to flow arts, it is a journey that rewards in every step you take. I think now is the time you take the first step on this road to experience flow.
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