The ninja is almost visible.

Next weekend, from Friday to Sunday, the fourth annual Knuckfest at Vino’s will bring dozens of black metal, screamo and especially hardcore acts to town. A friend who worked at Vino’s during past Knuckfests told me it was all about kids doing kung-fu moves to speed metal. I only sort of half believed her, so I consulted the ultimate guide to slang and counter-culture lingo, the Urban Dictionary. And what do you know?

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[Hardcore dancing is] to go into a circle of kids wearing tight black hoodies and fight invisable ninjas. This may look dangerous, however the ninjas are invasable and also non-realistic, therefor you rarely get hit and if you do it’s takin’ one for the team, so get up and do some kartwheels and a spin kick.

That was actually the second definition. The first, likely not written by the same illiterate 15-year-old poet, delves deeper into specific moves.

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two-step: a fairly nonviolent, unthreatening move similar to punk skanking. emphasis is on style and variations of arm movements.

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windmill: many variations, but generally includes flailing arms in wide circles, often spinning the entire body in the process. often leads to spin kick or jumping spin kick.

spin kick: a spinning back-kick. if you were to hit anyone it would be with the heel of your foot.

jumping spin kick: jump, spin in midair, and kick forward with your back foot.

floorpunch/ picking up change: bend over, pretend to grab or punch the ground, alternating hands. bring your hand back to your back pocket area (as if putting change in pocket)

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