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
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.
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”.