So you think you can land?

 

I was talking a few weeks ago about landing mechanics, showing from a bigger perspective how disconnected we are from our bodies. Today as promised, I’ll go over some concepts to satisfy the appetite of the knowledge-nerds in the audience.

Technique VS “Oh Shit” Moments

I am about to introduce you to the correct mechanics of landing on your feet after a jump. We will therefore consider landing in a context of longevity: what are the joints supposed to do, how and why, discarding the context of life, where alignment doesn’t exist 24/7, and where shit happens. As such, there is a growing school of thoughts that promotes “out of alignment” drills Read more

Contextualize Your movement

In this blooming universe of movers, there is one thing that often completely disregared: Context. Context is what separates a linear lizard crawl from a flow. A new-age half-ass mover from a dancer or an artist. Routines from Self expression. Don’t settle for the linear, isolated trick you just learnt. They weren’t meant to be used in such an empoverished context in the first place. Integrate them in your own practice, adding whatever hues you want.

Catch this: It is one thing to know how to perform a movement Read more

SYG (Step-up Your Game) drill #1: the Punching Bag

Today I’d like to suggest you the Punching Bag drill.

It is designed for those of you who travel and often find themselves in big commercial gyms, that typically have a punching bag hanging for the HIIT stuff and boxing fitness classes they might offer.

Catch this: In the realm of integrating newly learnt movement, linear and predictable patterns should not Read more

Tutorial: learning the Chapeu de Couro

 

 

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Note:  CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO SEE THE VIDEO. Alternatively, you can watch the Youtube version of it here from a laptop.

The Chapeu de Couro is a beautiful move from the Capoeira universe that can be applied in a variety of contexts. It may be relevant for modern dancers, martial artists seeking to up their game à la Conor Mc Gregor, and all curious movers. Read more

Learning movement skills: a bigger picture

Let’s say you want to learn a specific, complex movement skill. A vault, a spin, a Mexican handstand. But for some reasons, your progress seems to stall after a while. There are two main explanations for this:

  1. The programming you are following does not match your needs (anymore) and has to be reviewed. What works for your buddy does not necessarily work for you, whether or not your teacher wants to admit it. Work out your weak links, and make sure your training will address them.
  2. You are missing the bigger picture of the human body.

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So, you think you want to learn the back handspring?

In tumbling, you have the kamikazes. These people weren’t born with the gene of fear, seem to bypass their survival mechanism in a matter of minutes, and are convinced that today will not be their last day. They usually get acrobatics very, disgunstingly quickly.

And there are the rest of us. We’re afraid to die. Our brain seems to be that horse that does not want to jump over the obstacle. How can we achieve any tumbling goal such as the back handspring or the back flip, then? Read more

Usable movement terminology

104328-004-98FDC2EDThe concept of usable movement terminology, as opposed to fundamental movement terminology, is one of the first ideas I suggest in the context of my classes.

In my dictionary, fundamental movement terminology consists in the vast sum of the different movements you are able to perform. Usable movement terminology is the part of the fundamental terminology that you are actually able to use in improvisation contexts, that it “without having to think about it”. Read more

Morning routines

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Morning routines are something everyone with definite goals should aim at developing for themselves. You will find a wide array of pre-conceived routines on the Web and even tools and apps that will help you commit to them. Such routines are in my opinion essential for all of us who struggle to fit our goals into our busy life. As it is very easy to get overwhelmed by emergencies (sometimes fictive emergencies) as the day passes by, one of the easiest things we can do is actually to achieve more in the morning Read more

How I went from 5 to 16h of training per week

I have literally always struggled with volume in my training, no matter the discipline and the trials and errors I have experienced at programming.

A few years ago I was meeting Ido Portal for the first time. Ido made a fairly good point at his seminar, which took me more time than expected to assimilate: Read more

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