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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- You are missing the bigger picture of the human body.
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?
I can do a cartwheel. I can do a back handspring. I can do several eye-pleasing movements. But in the end it does not really matter. Because I can’t run properly, as I found out during my barefoot retreats with Tony Riddle. I can’t even walk properly,
The 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”.
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
I have literally always struggled with volume in my training, no matter the discipline and the trials and errors I have experienced at programming.
Begins the month of April 2016 and my resolution to make this blog alive.
I have realised with the help of good friends and coaches that proper articles could never be replaced, despite the overwhelming social media presence in our lives today. At the end of the day, no Facebook post or Vlog could convey my ideas as good as a blog, even though this format will only cater to those patient souls who will make and take the time to go through it.
My aim with this blog is to share the ideas and concepts I encounter in my own journey about “movement”, which is a term I don’t like using too much anymore for reasons I will go into later. As such I hope to give some pieces of advice and inspiration to the readers that will save them some time in their own journey, just as stumbling upon the right blogs and books did serve as a catalyst in my own progression.
Articles will be divided into categories to facilitate your browsing, depending on what you are looking for. Editorials are subjective posts where I offer my humble opinion on a variety of topics. Tutorials are as you guessed step by step articles designed to guide you through the learning of movements, designed according to my own philosophy of teaching. General tips are wider lifestyle tips that any mover from any background could inspire themselves from. Last but not least, Knowledge posts are longer, denser articles that focus on anatomy research and biomechanics. As such, please remember that anatomy and the study of biomechanics are actually way more polirazing fields than one might think. You will find experts with very different opinions on many things you would take for granted. Is the cartilage inervated? How to correct a collapsed ankle? Should you mobilize or not the injured spine? At the end of the day… we don’t have all the answers. What I am offering here is the summary of the knowledge I have gathered through my own research and the many workshops I’ve attended. It is designed to give you perspective, not a single source of pure truth.