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Martial Arts & Northern Soul In The 70s

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I've seen plenty of reference to martial artists influencing northern soul dancing in the 70s. Just wondering if there were any girl dancers that were also martial artists at the time and if so how did their style differ?

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I've seen plenty of reference to martial artists influencing northern soul dancing in the 70s. Just wondering if there were any girl dancers that were also martial artists at the time and if so how did their style differ?

thanks

I knew a girl called Kung Sue

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I've seen plenty of reference to martial artists influencing northern soul dancing in the 70s. Just wondering if there were any girl dancers that were also martial artists at the time and if so how did their style differ?

thanks

Hi Wendy, I did martial arts at the end of the 7Ts but my dancing's still crap lol. There weren't that many women doing martial arts back then....maybe judo but not karate. I knew the ladies world judo champion and later the ladies world kick boxing champion but they really were in the minority. Circa 78/79, my class consisted of me vs. 20 bricklayers/ scaffolders who all thought they were Bruce Lee :thumbsup: They hated me as I was more bendy :thumbsup: Does that answer your question? Jo

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I've seen plenty of reference to martial artists influencing northern soul dancing in the 70s. Just wondering if there were any girl dancers that were also martial artists at the time and if so how did their style differ?

thanks

If I can remember Wendy dancing was basiclly a boys thing :thumbsup: all over the place with uppercuts, few girls use 2 spin :thumbsup: girls I use 2 go out with in the early days :wicked: of all-nighters carry my bag 4 me, make sure there was plenty of talc on the floor, kept me going in drinks and use 2 come on the dance floor and towel dry me all over they were the good old days is there any1 out there 2 carry on the tradition LOL. billy

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If I can remember Wendy dancing was basiclly a boys thing :thumbsup: all over the place with uppercuts, few girls use 2 spin :thumbsup: girls I use 2 go out with in the early days :shades: of all-nighters carry my bag 4 me, make sure there was plenty of talc on the floor, kept me going in drinks and use 2 come on the dance floor and towel dry me all over they were the good old days is there any1 out there 2 carry on the tradition LOL. billy

Did they peel ya grapes as well :ohmy: Delxx

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I've seen plenty of reference to martial artists influencing northern soul dancing in the 70s. Just wondering if there were any girl dancers that were also martial artists at the time and if so how did their style differ?

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My aunt used to do martial arts,and thanks to her there are a lot of people out there still married :thumbsup:

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Thank you Jo for your sensible answer. The reason I asked was because I had a conversation with my mate Pip & he reckoned the martial arts werent that big with girls at the time. Which made me wonder if girls were doing the more demented moves on the dancefloor....I guess there wasnt much room for them anyway as Billy's ego took up so much space.

I'm just kiddin' !

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Thank you Jo for your sensible answer. The reason I asked was because I had a conversation with my mate Pip & he reckoned the martial arts werent that big with girls at the time. Which made me wonder if girls were doing the more demented moves on the dancefloor....I guess there wasnt much room for them anyway as Billy's ego took up so much space.

I'm just kiddin' !

No ego Wendy just abit of fun thumbsup.gif being serious there was one girl when i saw her i used to melt :thumbsup: shes on the Wigan casino story LP :D short dark haired girl does anyone know the name.

Billy

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No ego Wendy just abit of fun :thumbsup: being serious there was one girl when i saw her i used to melt :yes: shes on the Wigan casino story LP :D short dark haired girl does anyone know the name.

Billy

Is that the one who looks like she is suspended in the air???...i remember seeing her dancing...and being blown away..she made those moves so effortless...was thinking of bumping into her and making her fall over but seeing as she seem to know more peeps then myself at the time...decided not to whistling.gif ...thinking of it now Billy...i use to cast my eye over you at Wigan on occasion..but being shy and demure in them days...never dare to say Hi to ya though...aah the innocence and purity of Youth :thumbsup::D Delxx

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Is that the one who looks like she is suspended in the air???...i remember seeing her dancing...and being blown away..she made those moves so effortless...was thinking of bumping into her and making her fall over but seeing as she seem to know more peeps then myself at the time...decided not to whistling.gif ...thinking of it now Billy...i use to cast my eye over you at Wigan on occasion..but being shy and demure in them days...never dare to say Hi to ya though...aah the innocence and purity of Youth :thumbsup::D Delxx

Thats the 1 Del doing the splits in mid air :thumbsup: we're all shy in our younger days but I had no problem getting girl friend's there go my ego again only joking :yes: height was a problem 4 me all the girls were tall that I liked do u know the name of the girl I apoligise my posten is SHIT 2 many all-nighters. Billy

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Thats the 1 Del doing the splits in mid air :thumbsup: we're all shy in our younger days but I had no problem getting girl friend's there go my ego again only joking :thumbsup: height was a problem 4 me all the girls were tall that I liked do u know the name of the girl I apoligise my posten is SHIT 2 many all-nighters. Billy

Oh No Billy I'm sorry...I didnt know her...she was amongst some of the dancers i really admired at Wigan at the time...i had only started on the scene back then myself and i was crippled by shyness and insecurity of youth...i only really started to come out of my shell when i was in my mid 20s.....now i am in my mid 40s....there is no bleedin stopping me..I will talk to any good looking gentleman as you know rolleyes.gif:D ...Delxxx

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Thats the 1 Del doing the splits in mid air :thumbsup: we're all shy in our younger days but I had no problem getting girl friend's there go my ego again only joking :huh: height was a problem 4 me all the girls were tall that I liked do u know the name of the girl I apoligise my posten is SHIT 2 many all-nighters. Billy

Billy, was she mixed race and did she wear a leotard with a circular skirt - I think she was with the Scottish crowd. Always used to stand/ dance/ twirl round/ leap up in the air and touch her toes near the front of the stage. I only remember seeing her from about '78 onwards. She probably did gymnastics rather than martial arts...I recognised some of the moves from the B.A.G.A badge charts wicked.gif:thumbsup: I was jealous of her as I only got my 4, 3 & 2 B.A.G.A badge and could never acheive the bendy excellence needed for Badge One :shhh: Jo

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Thank you Jo for your sensible answer. The reason I asked was because I had a conversation with my mate Pip & he reckoned the martial arts werent that big with girls at the time. Which made me wonder if girls were doing the more demented moves on the dancefloor....I guess there wasnt much room for them anyway as Billy's ego took up so much space.

I'm just kiddin' !

Wendy, spinning was always big with the girls....specially if you sewed metal washers under the hem of your circular skirt. That gave a much better elevation and undulation of the skirt.....and view of your white drawers wicked.gif:thumbsup: There were VERY few girls who did the backdrops and kicks with the power of the guys 1) because you'd get even hotter and sweatier than you already were in the 130 deg temp of a full floor at the Casino and 2) those moves over an 8 hour period required stamina and bucketfuls of speed and 3) you'd get your skirt dirty and all the other feeble girlie excuses....there was only one girl who really looked the part and moved with assurance and that was Linda from Grimsby (?). I mentioned her in 'The Best Dancers' thread. She was a pleasure to watch and eclipsed anybody - male or female - for her dancing skills....beautiful :thumbsup: Jo

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Billy, was she mixed race and did she wear a leotard with a circular skirt - I think she was with the Scottish crowd. Always used to stand/ dance/ twirl round/ leap up in the air and touch her toes near the front of the stage. I only remember seeing her from about '78 onwards. She probably did gymnastics rather than martial arts...I recognised some of the moves from the B.A.G.A badge charts :wicked::thumbsup: I was jealous of her as I only got my 4, 3 & 2 B.A.G.A badge and could never acheive the bendy excellence needed for Badge One :( Jo

spot on jo :D i thinks shes part spanish,i can remember she did a hand stand going into splits right infront of me, :shades: her skirt went over her head i just could'nt beleive it i was that close to me ph34r.gif my eyelashes was almost touching her cheek u never see that today on the dance floor :( .

nice to here from u jo.

Billy :(

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spot on jo :yes: i thinks shes part spanish,i can remember she did a hand stand going into splits right infront of me, :P her skirt went over her head i just could'nt beleive it i was that close to me :P my eyelashes was almost touching her cheek u never see that today on the dance floor :ohmy: .

nice to here from u jo.

Billy :shades:

She was on Soul Nation or one of the recent soul documentaries. Seemed like a really nice person and was having a look back at her days on the soul scene.....

Good job she decided not to do a scissor split on you as favoured by Les Kellett....at least your ears would've been warm :yes: See you soon Billy :wicked: Jo

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Sorry, Jo, but the Hokey Cokey does not count as martial arts... :yes::shades::wicked:

Watch it, Rouncey or if I was fit enough, I'd give you a roundhouse kick....but my hips aren't up to it these days. So count yourself lucky :ohmy: Jo

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i,m a martial artist now and northern/modern soul fan

good question about the ladies in the 70's

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Nor does a West Hampstead Conga :thumbsup:

Al

That's more my style nowadays Al....the Starlight Shuffle :thumbsup: I seem to remember something happening at Eddie Hubbard's birthday to 'My baby just cares for me'.... :thumbsup: could've been a conga :D

Andy, everyone thought I was mad doing karate back then....looking back, I tend to agree with them now :wicked: Jo

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