The only prerequisite is that you have a body.
Two of my greatest passions are learning and teaching; I have been learning since 1988, and a teaching since 2010. I always look forward to receiving students who are eager to expand their horizons and do so with an equal effort, those willing to understand human movement with an open mind and, above all, those who are not afraid to be a beginner, those who learn from failure and do not rest on their successes. Age and ability level are not a determining factor, and whilst experience in some other training discipline may be beneficial, it may be equally detrimental. The only prerequisite is that you have a body.
I provide students with both tools to train themselves as well as teaching a progressive approach to learning new movements, allowing them to improve from any level.
As a generalist discipline, movement training concerns itself with near-infinite methods of moving the human body, taking various elements from different practices with one single goal: becoming a better mover. The methods I teach, therefore, are those I have gathered through years of personal research, through experience and experimentation in various disciplines and arts, in time spent with renowned teachers from various fields of movement, and ultimately through trial and error, practice and implementation. As a result, I fulfill the role of both student and teacher – by committing myself to a life filled with movement and research to than end, I provide students with both tools to train themselves as well as teaching a progressive approach to learning new movements, allowing them to improve from any level.
“if you would like a certificate, at the end of the workshop I will give you a single sheet of toilet paper; and you can wipe your ass with that instead.” ~ Ido Portal.
For those with an interest in credentials, then I am a certified personal trainer accredited since 2010 by both Premier Training International, a ‘leading health and fitness industry Training Provider [who have] built a first class reputation in delivering quality vocational education since 1992’, as well as the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
In translation I paid for an intensive course achievable by most, regardless of levels of ability or even common sense. This is how the ‘health and fitness’ industry produce ‘professionals’ who I would not trust to take a dog for a walk. In the words of world renowned movement coach and ambassador for movement culture, Ido Portal’, “if you would like a certificate, at the end of the workshop I will give you a single sheet of toilet paper; and you can wipe your ass with that instead.”
What is more important is my self-education. Since 2013 I have travelled across the world and researching, practicing and teaching movement. Movement is my life, my passion, my obsession. I believe that anyone from the most high-performance athlete to the completely untrained individual can learn from movement training, by choosing to live their lives more dynamically, by choosing to move more.
once comfortable again with your own body and movement ability, the opportunity to specialise is available – you need only to continue your own research made easier through a more open and more accessible movement culture.
Part of the effort of the MoveMore project is to bring people together under the same goal: not for the love of ‘health’ or ‘fitness’, not for a desire for greater strength or performance, not to build muscles or lose fat, not to learn fancy show-off skills or to build some exclusive club, but for one simple reason – a need and a love for movement.
This, therefore, is not singular, but collective. This is the concept behind a ‘movement culture‘. By bringing people together from different disciplines under the umbrella of ‘movement’ – whether it be from dace or performance arts, martial arts, health and fitness, CrossFit, sports and athletics, bodybuilding or parkour – we can develop our ideas and physical experiences by connecting and sharing what our own individual explorations have taught us. By bringing our individual experiences together we can realise more about our similarities than our differences, realising that the underlying reason for the passion in our disciplines is human movement.
As as a result, under the greater umbrella of ‘movement’, we can welcome those who have the desire, yet no experience, in moving their bodies, those who have forgotten or who have only just begun. As a ‘movement culture’, we can welcome them better into a space which asks them not to build big muscles, not to run as fast as they can or lift as heavy as they can, no to see sweat, muscle-ache or numbers on a treadmill as a sign of success, but a space in which they can re-develop a baseline to improve their everyday movement experience. From here, once comfortable again with your own body and movement ability, the opportunity to specialise is available – you need only to continue your own research made easier through a more open and more accessible movement culture.