Fire dancing is a part of many ancient cultures across the world. Ancient Aztecs performed a fire dance dedicated to the god of fire. In Bali, the Angel Dance and the Fire Dance have origins in ancient rituals. The Siddha Jats of the Thar Desert in India perform traditional fire dances as part of the Spring festival.
Since the mid-1990s, fire performance has grown in popularity and can be found in various festivals. Fire sword combines the beauty of martial art and fire manipulation and creates a rhythmic dialogue between fire, movement and music.
Below is a link to a performance video of Loki and Natalie of Radiant Heat at a recent music festival in June 2017. Showcasing the Propellorheads version of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: James Bond with Fire Sword and Shields/Fans
As Confucius once quoted, “Never give a sword to a man who cannot dance” (子曰：不舞劍者，不予劍也). Learning Fire Sword (a mini course available at maelstrom upon request) may be a different way to explore martial arts through fire.