We combined feature movement and the rhythm of the traditional culture of Japan such as Karate with dance and created original performance style. Japan's traditional culture has ”Japanese Cool” crystallized in it. We first started to study about the uniqueness of Japan's traditional culture, and realized that KARATE stances and poses have distinct rhythm and movements. We extracted this rhythm and movement, and created a totally new type of dance style from them. This is the ”ORIENTARHYTHM” which was created in 1991. Especially, our style which uses Nunchaku (KARATE's self-defense tool) are dynamic and sharp movement!! Through our original dance style, we would like to introduce ”Japanese Cool” to everybody around the world. We also hope that our dance performances will become a catalyst to generate an interest in Japanese culture.”
Due mostly to streotyping in movies, Nunchaku are regarded as being used in Chinese Kung-fu, but they actually originate in Japan. ”Ryuku Kobujutsu”(Ancient Ryuku Martial Arts) was developed in Okinawa around the 12th century.
Nunchuck were included in ”Ryuku Kobujutsu”, and devised from a farming tool as a self- defense tool.”
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