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The Problem with ‘Exercise’

A Case of Lambs and Lions. What the hell are you doing? After spending a few years in gym environments, you can spot them from a mile away. The lambs. They walk on to the gym stage with close to knocked knees... Continue Reading →

‘Becoming the Wolverine’ – Shoulder Pre/Rehabilitation (The Ido Portal Method).

"All human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves." ~ Kelly Starrett A post like this is pretty easy to compose as the pieces are already there. A quick search for 'Ido Portal shoulder injury' would give... Continue Reading →

Ido Portal’s ‘Floreio Art’

The Devil is in the detail. And so is God. Movement Progression. Ido Portal's 'Floreio Art' is developed from a sub-art of Capoeira called 'Floreio' or 'Floreios'. It focuses on the solo floor work of Capoeira, rather than the traditional,... Continue Reading →

Path to the Stalder Press (Pt. 2)

The Weakest Link. In my limited experience of both learning new movements and continuing to increase the quality of others already gained, I have found that of foremost importance is locating the weak link. And with confidence in my straddle... Continue Reading →

Path to the Stalder Press (Pt. 1)

So beautiful, so complex, so difficult to develop without the prior gymnastics background, so many details, so many atoms integrated into one molecule, so much work. - Ido Portal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbmZJ7pzKYw 'The stalder press is a bi-phasic, dynamic movement', blending together a high straddle... Continue Reading →

A Five-Point Objective.

[W]e are completely untrained in how to use [our bodies] to their full potential. In deep neglect of its ability to enlighten us individually and culturally - as it has throughout the history of our species - we overlook the significance... Continue Reading →

Straddle-Planche Face-Plant

The highest form of practice is improvisation - there are few exceptions. And so here I demonstrate the elegance of movement improvisation in the form of the beautified straddle-planche face-plant; attempted by few, mastered by none... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1leSG6bhnA Okay, okay, of... Continue Reading →

Escaping Dogma: The Inversion.

Dogma. In January, 2013, I had never heard or used 'training' and 'dogma' in the same sentence, and I wouldn't until a few years later. But that doesn't mean I didn't feel it. I sure as hell felt it. But what... Continue Reading →

Toward a Philosophy of Movement.

One of first words that caught and resonated with me when listening to Ido Portal speak about movement was 'dogma'. One's training 'dogma' is intrinsically linked to Portal's distinction between 'specialist' and 'generalist' training, and, as a result, the specialist... Continue Reading →

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