PRACTICAL MOVEMENT SKILLS
These practices focus on mastering basic coordination mechanisms while exploring new ways of movement that have not been discovered yet. Indiviudals work in pairs or larger groups with tasks that resemble the physical challenges that life often brings to us - the challenges that we must face immediately, even without being "warmed up" or necessarily knowing "how". In these practices, we develop the ability to learn, to adapt and move creatively and curiously and to avoid injuries even in strange circumstances.
To develop trully versatile and adaptable strength we focus on applying one’s acquired strength to the widest possible range of life situations. The acquired body aesthetics (externally visible muscle forms) are considered only as an expression of body‘s functionality. We pay special attention to our ability to lift our own body weight in a wide range of body positions and amplitudes.
We also strive to make the moves not just "linear" and isolated, but to incorporate them into the sequences of organic movements. Our main tools for strength training are gymnastic rings, coordination and power-intensive tasks that involve floor work, walls, ropes, sticks, balls, wooden blocks and other “household“ tools. Our strength trainings consist of "bent arms", "straight arms", "legs" and "integrated" strength training.
During these practices we use the most effective techniques from different disciplines to prepare the body for any given activity. Instead of neglecting, separating and isolating the weaker or injured / painful parts of the body, we learn how to reintroduce them into integral (continuous, fluid) chains of movement. These practices may help the treatment of persistent ingrained injuries, dysfunctions of movement and coordination disorders. They help to stretch and relax muscles, increase joint mobility, increase tendon and ligament resilience, and build neurological connections. These practices also aim to strengthen the weaker parts of the body and kintetic movement chains with the help of measured loads ("stressors"), thus developing not only a more resilient but also an overall stronger body.
In hand-balancing practices we move from the basics of body preparation to different progressions of standing/balancing on hands. It is a subtle practice of sharing our structured knowledge from world renowned teachers. Why are we doing this? Hand-balancing is one of the best practices combining body strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination.It also opens up a new layer of movement and perspective - our whole world turns upside down.
During these practices we reurn to the natural, organic movements that replicate the evolution of human motion in space. We work with movements that a person performs lying on the floor, crawling on all fours (quadrupelling) to those which are already habitual to us like moving in space in an upright position on two legs This kind of motion performed in various levels of space resembles authentic dance and animal movements, and can also be understood as repetetive elements of martial arts. Mostly it reminds us of what can be described as dynamic yoga asanas in space. During these practices, individual movements and movement elements are systematically integrated into larger chains of motion / movement sequences. These practices foster coordination, flexibility, strength and concentration.
„9 SPEED TOOL“
One of the basic forms of human movement is the ability to manipulate objects. Properly developed movement allows abstract objects to be turned into handy tools. Amongst other practices expanding our movement capacity we use the 9 Speed Tool to learn throwing, impact, jumping, multidirectional stepping and other coordinations needed to master this tool. With neurologically sophisticated complex combinations of explosive power applications, we use the 9 Speed Tool in a wide range of space planes. We develop the desirable but very hard-to-reach link between strength and speed in many sports disciplines. The 9 Speed Tool practices also assist in developing the "communication" of the entire chain of joints and soft tissue systems. This communication is the necessary precondition for creating a resistant and elastic body.
CLASSIC BODY TRAINING
Every day across the world at 10 a.m., thousands of dancers are standing in front of a barre to perform a classical ballet training. This practice helps people to prepare the body for the day ahead and develop their body lines. Almost none of the dancers doubt the necessity and effectiveness of classical body preparation. At the same time, there is a growing tendency to include elements of yoga and other traditional disciplines in these practices. Thus, we integrate classical ballet training with classical yoga asanas and elements of other traditional disciplines (seeking for balance between breathing, firmness, and relaxation, with no forced movement). This practice is intended for performers of various dance genres, as well as for anyone who seeks to strengthen and fine-tune their body through classical aesthetic forms of movement.
We base the entirety of our practices on abstract fundamental forms of movement so our practitioners can gain tools and skills to "unlock" / understand any technique of physical discipline more easily. During coordination practices we learn to observe and apply the basic coordinating principles a variety of human movements and physical disciplines - ipsi lateral and contra lateral, spiral in movement, wave in multidimensional spaces, the 9 point body mapping system, and main forms of stance and posture. We also learn to recognize the connection of body parts in spatial planes, the synchronization of their movement in time, and pay extra attention to a much more subtle intermuscular and intrumuscular coordination. The understanding and mastery of these skills allows us to move more efficiently, avoiding unnecessary tensions throughout the whole kinetic chain. With the primary goal of building a more sustainable body-mind relationship during the cordination pracitices we focus on the learning process itself - discussing and applying different learning methods. Mastered coordination principles allow us to move freely and more efficiently while allowing us to accumulate and purposefully utilize the newly emerging power and energy in the kinetic chain. This helps us to save and take care of our bodies even in daring situations.
It is said that one acquires the qualities of the tool one works with. During these practices, we work first and foremost with another person. Through improvised motion with other people, we practice and learn about human partnership. At the same time, we discover ourselves again through the eyes and witnessing of others. These practices are based on the principles of contemporary dance. Beyond human partnership we learn how to use the floor and move smoothly and painlessly.