Kenneth Kao has been a Parkour practitioner and trainer for many years, and has mastered several martial arts disciplines, so his transition into pole dancing took his friends and family by surprise.
Dubbed a ‘Pole Ninja’ by the pole dancing community, he raised a few brows for his choice, but he credits the activity for truly opening his mind and expanding his horizons.
He created the concept of Pole-Kour, which applies techniques from Parkour to pole dancing.
Kenneth Kao is committed to getting rid of the stigma that is associated with pole dancing for having its roots in exotic dancing.
Here, Kao speaks about his journey and experiences.
The elbow grip shoulder mount to ayesha is a favorite when I teach it in workshops, so I thought I'd throw a combination around it. I ended up with an interesting planche at the end, so I kept this version. #kennethkao #poleninja #pdplanche #pdtabletop #doctorkenpoleninja #poleathlete #poletrick #polecombo #poleworkshops #pdayesha #pdshouldermount #pdtransition #staticpole
At just 23, she had years in front of her to build on her success but will look back with great pride – becoming Great Britain’s first female to win Olympic gold in the pool in 48 years after triumphing in the 400m and 800m freestyle victories at the 2008 Beijing Games.
She went on to claim the 800m world title in 2011 and two Commonwealth Games gold medals in 2010, before winning two bronzes in London 2012.
“I have achieved everything I wanted to,” she said. “I’ve always said I wanted to finish on a high, despite my love of the sport.”
Other memorable events that took place on this day
1923: Bill Ponsford’s then worldrecord 429 helps Victoria become the first team to reach a four-figure total in first-class cricket. They scored 1,059 against Tasmania in Melbourne.
2004: Ernie Els fires 11 birdies as he cards a course-record 60 in the first round of the Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne.
2014: David Beckham announces he has taken up the option to buy a new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.
It’s ten years to the day since Jonny Wilkinson and Jason Robinson made fairytale returns as England battered Scotland in the opening Six Nations match.
After 1,169 long days away following an interminable run of injuries and just 45 minutes of action after lacerating a kidney, Wilkinson returned in one of sport’s greatest comebacks.
The England No.10 scored 27 points, including a controversial second-half try, while Robinson grabbed two tries as England put Scotland to the sword in a 42-20 win.
Wilkinson’s tally beat Rob Andrew’s previous highest haul for England against Scotland and he was awarded the manof-the-match award.
1990: American jockey Willie Shoemaker has his 40,351st and last ride, on Patchy Groundfog at Santa Anita.
2006: Bradford Bulls win a recordequalling third World Club Challenge with a 30-10 success over Wests Tigers at the Galpharm Stadium.
2009: American swimmer and 22-time Olympic medallist Michael Phelps apologises after pictures of him smoking a suspicious substance emerged.
2012: John Terry is stripped of the England football captaincy due to his racism court trial.