Winston Reynolds graduated from Circomedia, specialising in acrobatics & physical theatre (FDA, 2010-2012). And later went on to complete his Bachelor at ACAPA (Academy of Circus and Performance Art,Netherlands, 2012-2016). Within his research he specialised in acrobatic dance, a hybrid mix containing elements from gymnastics, capoeira, breakdancing, improvisation and animal locomotion, as well as undergoing several years of research around acrobatic contact partnering. He is the founder of the education company Yeknom and member of the Ferus Animi // Terra Nova collective, a group of cross disciplinary crafts persons researching in the fields of human physiology and performance, through both an artistic and scientific lens.
In this conversation, Winston shares he journey, beginning with his time spent around the circus as a child. He talks about his research, teaching, and the supplemental work he does to support his practice. He also discusses his recent passion for practicing outdoors. And, he reflects on the importance of doing nothing and embracing boredom.
Emma is a Movement teacher and one of the Founders of Aspen Coaching in Perth, WA. She has been teaching people to move better in an evolving capacity for the past 13 years. Having watched many fitness trends sweep through the exercise world she has carefully and thoroughly danced between them deciding to wander down her own path, endeavoring to make a shift in the common perspective of what it means to be fit and healthy.
Along with her Husband, Glenn Robson, and business partner Paul Twyman, they have opened a unique movement space in Perth that encourages people to step outside of seeking weight loss and fitness, and instead begin to create a deeper relationship with themselves, and respect for what their body really needs.
Over the past 4 years Emma has worked closely with the Fighting Monkey Practice and is currently wrapping up a year long Mentorship with Jozef Frucek. The study through the FM Practice has been very influential on her teaching and her outlook on how we live our lives.
Emma is passionate about working with people with chronic injuries and inflammatory conditions and believes that through movement we can make a big impact on the trajectory of our future.
In this conversation, she discusses her newborn baby, and what her life looks like as a new mother. She shares the backstory of Aspen Coaching, and their approach to a movement practice. She also talks about managing energy, and having a practice that creates vitality. Kyle and Emma dig into imperfection and impermanence. And, she opens up about her desire to teach workshops.
Tom Weksler is an accomplished teacher, dancer, martial arts practitioner, and lover of all forms of acrobatic disciplines.
Returning for the 50th episode, Tom discusses his interest in maintaining coherence across all levels of his work and practice. He shares about his playful approach towards skills and skill development. He also talks about pedagogy, and the value he places on what students will create, not what he thinks they should create. And, he articulates his desire for more metaphors and empathy, and less team choosing.
Almog Loven is a professional dancer, teacher and therapist from Israel. He holds a degree in Psychology and Humanities from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he focused on the study of chronic pain and psychological flexibility. He is also a practitioner and international teacher of the Ilan Lev Method. Before Covid hit, he used to give Weightlessness workshops around the world, emphasizing how physical connection to living environments can take movers well beyond their perceived limitiations. Now he's home in Israel, practicing Tai Chi, treating and living.
In this conversation Almog discusses his practice of the Ilan Lev Method, and his observations on patterns and predictions. He talks about the potential limitations of fearing of boredom, and his passion to communicate to people that "you are enough". He also shares his approach to facilitating workshops, and the offering of different ways to experience the body. And, he discusses the state of love, and how he tries to send everything that he does in that direction.
Matan Levkowich is a dancer, teacher and graphic designer. In 2015 he founded Movement Lab - a vehicle for movement education, choreographic work and discursive inquiry. His practice is influenced by his enthusiasm for physical and theoretical research and is revolving around the question of how to develop a meaningful relationship with the body-mind.
In the last decade, he devoted himself to educate people from all over the globe about better movement and to reflect upon urgent social phenomena through the medium of performance and recently also through his podcast ‘Material for the brain’. His passion for research and discovery drives him daily to expand his understanding and to further develop himself as a human being.
In this conversation Matan discusses finding order within, and managing, chaos. He and Kyle discuss the term "community" and how it is often used as a buzzword, and Matan shares the qualities that he believes to define a community. He also talks about his passion for communication through movement. And, shares the experience of "going to all the rivers only to return to the place you were born."
Jon Yuen is the one writing this bio, and will from this point on continue sharing from a first person perspective. Hi, I’m Jon. I think there’s a lot we can learn from one another, from other cultures, and from other activities. This is a mindset that I do my best to bring into my work - which just so happen to be training.
In this conversation, Jon discusses his childhood, and the freedom his parents offered to explore and try all forms of art. He shares his observations of gym culture, and offers encouragement to step out of the gym. Jon questions Kyle about whether he has an itch to return to stand-up comedy, and how it influences his practice and teaching. He also talks about imagination, creativity, giving less specific instructions, and facilitating play. And, he opens up about his passion for connecting with other teachers with unique perspectives.
Originally from South Tyrol, Italy, Marion received her dance training at Varium and Iwanson School. As a teacher she has been working in several schools and festivals in Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Portugal, Poland, India, Germany, USA and Canada a.o at “Deltebre dansa” (Spain), B12 Festival and TanzAHOI (Germany), Circuit-est (Canada), Atlas Festival, Camp In, La Cantera, Encuentros Mutantes (Mexico), Vim Vigor and The Playground New York, Diavolo Company LA, Flow Movement Colorado, Athletic Playground San Francisco (USA), Performact, Lagos Sea Dance and DASS Summer Intensive (Portugal), Marameo, Tanzfabrik, Dock 11, Danceworks, Etage, Seneca, Sozo Visions in Motion, Tanzcompagnie Volkstheater Rostock and Stadttheater Bielefeld, BFZ Nürnberg, Kari-Tanzhaus, Profitraining Freiburg & Leipzig, DancePAT, Tanz s.a.l., Yizong Bagua and Tanzfaktur Köln (Germany), Tanzhaus Zürich and Profitraining Basel (Switzerland), Oliva Dance Project (Italy), Goa Contact Festival and Play Practice Artist Residency (India), Cyrculacje Festival and Sfera Ruchu (Poland), Academy Dancer Russia, Summer for friends and University of dance St. Petersburg (Russia), La Macchine, Espacio Nómada (Costa Rica), Festival Nómada (El Salvador), Guatemala, Descalzinha Danza and Varium (Spain).
Marion has collaborated as a dancer with choreographers and companies such as Francisco Córdova in the piece "To be", Stella Zannou in the piece “Strange”, Sonia Rodriguez, performing “Mabel”, ADN-Dialect in the pieces “Zeitzone”, “Urban Shaman and “L’affaire Wettstein”, Stephanie Felber in "Le vide dans l’espace", Eldon Pulak in "The Wetting Party" and as a guestdancer of the Weedance Company.
Her solo-work "The Ripe and ruin" and her group-pieces "Big Boys don´t cry", "Shell Shock", "Nefelibata", "Acacia confusA", "Ohne Zwei", "Porzellan-Haus", "Eight" and "Impromptu" have been performed at several international theaters and festivals. In 2014 Marion was part of “EX-IN”
In this conversation Marion shares about her class From Inside to Outside, and her various inspirations for the material. She gives a glimpse into her creative process when developing a solo piece through stories of her recent work. She also discusses her physical theater workshop, and opens up about regular physical maintenance work she currently explores. And, she talks about the upcoming B12 event in Berlin.
Mike Fitch is an innovative fitness educator and movement coach with 20 years experience in the fitness industry. He is the Founder/Creator of Animal Flow, a unique ground-based movement program that has certified more than 10,000 fitness professionals in 42 countries. Mike has also developed multiple other skills-based bodyweight training programs including the Bodyweight Athlete and is a highly sought-after presenter and content contributor.
In this conversation, Mike discusses his recent return to teaching weekly classes at Block 1750, and his plan to continue teaching until Animal Flow HQ opens. He talks about our innate craving for variety and variability, creating space for failure, and welcoming the vision of attainability. He also opens up about the roots and origins that lead to the creation of the Animal Flow system; ranging from explorations into calisthenics, parkour, circus, and breakdancing. And, Mike and Kyle vibe on their mutual love of the band Tool.
Anthony is a father, husband, strength & conditioning coach, physical educator, and professional engineer (not-practicing). He is also the founder of Engineered Bodies Strength & Conditioning and head coach of the Engineered Bodies Weightlifting Club and our Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program. He has 15+ years of coaching & teaching experience in Ki-Aikido (martial art), strength & conditioning, and physical education. Anthony is committed to continued education and development and has learned from, and continues to collaborate with, the best teachers, coaches, and therapists from multiple disciplines from all over the world. He brings this knowledge and experience to help challenge and support people of all ages and backgrounds to realize their potential and become the best version of themselves as they work towards their own goals. He is passionate and committed to building a strong, inclusive, and ant-racist community. To facilitate this, he created an Inclusion & Anti-racist, continuing education process for our coaching staff to empower them with the knowledge and tools to ensure an inclusive and safe space for all.
In this conversation, Anthony discusses his roots in Ki-Akido, basketball, and engineering. He shares about his core values, and how they help him navigate all things. He also talks about being a gym owner amid a pandemic, the changes they've made to stay connected to their community, and the creative elements employed that will likely transcend the pandemic. And, he opens up about his practice, and how he is addressing challenges he has faced with his knees.
Tomislav is a former professional dancer and performer, who since 2014 has been part of the development of Ferus Animi // Terra Nova, a movement research collective based in Europe. Ferus Animi's mission statement is to share and disseminate the most up-to-date research from a host of scientific and artistic disciplines, including neuroscience, evolutionary physiology, biomechanics, psychology and philosophy, in a relevant and accessible way, to enrich the practices of their students and collaborators.
Tomislav is a current Master of Science student at Trinity LABAN Conservatoire (department of Dance Science) in London, and a graduate of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School and the Oxford School of Drama, holding a 1st-class Bachelor of Arts degree. Tomislav's personal practice is influenced by the research, teachings and practices of GrandMaster Tae Yong Lee, Ko Murobushi, Wim Hof, Linda Kapetanea & Jozef Frucek, Professor Gui Arashiro, Mestre Itamar, David Zambrano, Moshé Feldenkrais, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kristin Linklater, Cameron Shayne, Bruno Caverna, Ido Portal, and the respective writings of Yoshi Oida, Shunryu Suzuku and 'Neuroplastician' Norman Doidge, in addition to academic research through The University of Oxford (Department of Psychiatry/Oxford Mindfulness Centre), The Buddhist Society, Royal Holloway University of London, England Rugby (RFU), Barça Universitas (Department of Sports Neuroscience) and FC Barcelona.
In this rich conversation, Tomislav weaves through a number of thoughts, ideas, and philosophies ranging from an acceptance of not knowing, adaptation to the changes of the modern world, and individual's unique perception of reality. He talk about developing a range of sensory options and the difference between complicated and complex systems. He also shares his thoughts on imitation, and the role is plays on the road to individual style. And, he discusses embracing a variety of approaches, discourse, curiosity, and sharing in a non-heirarchical community.
Rod Cooper is owner of The Movement Collective in Newcastle located on the East coast of Australia. He believes life is a game that we are all playing in our unique way, and he takes responsibility for every move he makes. He shows up to do his best, and uses movement as a tool to grow, play, express and connect. He loves to support people in developing a feeling of freedom, strength and trust in their bodies.
In this conversation Rod tells his story of discovering movement while working as a beer brewer in Vancouver, and his exploration and passion which led him to creating The Movement Collective in Australia. He shares about the evolution of the years in his personal practice as well as at TMC. He also discusses his interest in juggling, and his approach to sparking writing ideas. And, he talks about his recent dive into contemporary dance, and upcoming performance.
As a surfer, husband, father of two young girls, and a serial entrepreneur, Reis found himself searching for a way to maintain balance in life. After being introduced to the Wim Hof Method, he reignited a mind-body connection that he lost over time and opened up a journey of unlocking his true potential.
After a deep exploration of the Wim Hof Method, including two trips to Poland where he summited frozen mountains in sub-zero temperatures wearing only short and learned to love himself again, Reis realize that was really just the tip of the iceberg. The rabbit hole of breathwork and human optimization was blown open. Reis quickly became fascinated by all types of breathwork and began experiencing as many breathing “methods” and schools of breath as possible including studying with some of the leaders in the field like Kasper van der Meulen, Dan Brule, and Brian Mackenzie. Reis now follows a principle-based approach to meet the breather where they are and help to empower them to use the breath as a tool. Reis works privately with clients, including individuals and groups, and also is the co-founder and CEO of a breathwork community called Our Breath Collective.
In this conversation, Reis shares about his discovery of, and dive into, the world of breath work. He speaks about his journey from practicing breath work to facilitating, leading, and teaching. He also discusses his investigations into different forms of breath work, such as rebirthing. And he shares about the the creation of Our Breath Collective, and what he envisions for the community's future.
Ryan Hurst is the head coach and program director for GMB Fitness. With many years of experience in strength and movement coaching, Ryan makes sure that everything we do at GMB puts health first and gets results. He holds black belts in Kendo, Judo, and Shorinji Kempo, a purple belt in BJJ, and practiced 10 years as a competitive gymnast. He is married with two children and has lived in Japan for over 25 years.
Ryan has devoted his life to coaching others in strength and movement, but always lets his philosophy of “training for a healthy life” lead the way. He is a father to two young children, and the most important thing to him is to be able to play with them without pain or fear of injury.
In this conversation, Ryan tells his story of competitive gymnastics, martial arts, and making Japan his home. He discusses the welcoming of change and keeping things honest. He also shares about the various injuries he's faced over the years, and how some of those experiences helped plant the seeds for GMB. And, Ryan and Kyle discuss the difference between learning and being taught.
Born December 11th 1971, Cameron Shayne is considered the father of the mixed movement arts culture. He is a social philosopher, educator, fighter, yogi, satirist, artist, writer, and founder of Budokon University. Based in Los Angeles, CA, during the 90's, the mecca for yoga in the Western world, Cameron established himself as one of the pioneering voices and transmitters of contemporary yoga and martial arts. As a teacher of teachers, he is renown for his founding of the Budokon Yoga style, the Budokon Mixed Movement Arts System, and his inspiring and provocative writings on the contemporary movement scene. His radically honest and transparent style of teaching through critical analysis has established him as a guiding voice for modern yoga and the movement culture.
Cameron and Kyle cover a lot of ground in this conversation. Cameron discusses developing an athletic foundation, and the ability to move between various movement languages, rather than only being focussed on tricks. He talks about teaching, studentship, learning, and mastery of craft; qualities that can be confused or lost in the age of social media. He also shares how education of the various modalities of his Budokon system are integrated. And, he talks about the illusion of an objective reality.
Kimberly Johnson is a Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, yoga teacher trainer, postpartum advocate and single mom. She helps women heal from birth injuries, gynecological surgeries and sexual boundary violations. She is the author of early mothering classic The Fourth Trimester, as well as the upcoming Call of the Wild: How We Heal Trauma, Awaken Our Own Power, and Use It for Good.
In this conversation Kimberly discusses how emotions act as signals of our physiology, and how a richer understanding of this physiology can allow people to relate better. She talks about how bodies need other bodies, and the importance of non-verbal communication. She also opens up about replicating the playful roughhousing of a jaguar mother and cub with her daughter. And, she shares types of somatic therapy she has found valuable and interesting.
Alex Milewski is a full time movement artist, wellness coach, educator and founder of Block 1750 currently based in Boulder, Colorado. Since 2006 he has competed, taught and performed all around the world. His movement style is rooted in BBoying, Martial Arts, Tricking, Contemporary and House Dance. His mission is to lead people through movements and emotions that they have never experienced before, inspiring new thinking and creativity. Alex focuses on this mission full time by continuing to be a student in many styles of movement and performing, competing, and exchanging with dancers and students on a daily basis.
In this conversation Alex talks about the roots and beginnings of Block 1750. He also opens up about his passion for movement, and desire to always be exploring new approaches and methodologies. He shares about honesty in teaching, and developing an education structure for break dancing. And, he talks about the annual Block Party, where dancers from all over the world descend on Block 1750 to compete.
Mercedes Pollmeier (@modusathletica) is a strength and conditioning coach focused on helping climbers achieve their best strength, flexibility, and nutrition to climb harder. She is the author of two books, award-winning title Peak Nutrition, and self-published title Simple Strength. She owns her own online training business, Modus Athletica, and holds a Master’s in Human Movement.
In this conversation Mercedes shares her story of playing Division 1 tennis, climbing competitively, and discovering a generalist movement practice. She discusses her passion for supporting the climbing community's growth with strength and flexibility education and training. Mercedes and Kyle talk about the benefits of a generalist practice for specialists. And, Mercedes shares how her philosophies on training have changed and evolved since her first book.
Shira Yaziv is a dancer, bodyworker, and facilitator. She enjoys encouraging people to be in their bodies while learning new skills, being creative, listening and adapting to the changing present moment. Shira is the co-founder and owner of Athletic Playground (tapgym.com), a dynamic indoor place-space, inspiring physical play through a wide variety of movement classes. Details about upcoming retreats and workshops: shira.yaziv.com
In this conversation Shira discusses dance, technique, the space in between, and "loving to be." She shares about her passion for being a facilitator, and how facilitating differs from teaching. She also talks performing, and how her enjoyment lies in the preparation and collaboration before a performance. And, Shira and Kyle share about their mutual appreciation and interest in practicing outdoors.
Soisci is a movement and meditation teacher based in Australia. She has been practicing for over seventeen years and teaching for the past nine years. Her formal movement practice began with martial arts, which culminated when she became Muay Thai world champion in 2011. Soisci transitioned into a generalist movement practice in 2013 when she studied personally with Ido Portal and Odelia Goldsmidt for four years. Today she studies movement from Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea, and has a spiritual mentor, Rajivji Kapur, whose influence has been most transformative for her.
Soisci's story and teachings are an amalgamation of all the different unique experiences that have made up her life so far; her Eurasian heritage, growing up in eight different countries, competing professionally in BJJ and Muay Thai, having a keen passion for cooking and creative expression, meditation, learning from some of the best contemporary movement teachers, and using movement practice as a method for self-observation, creativity and embodying your highest self.
In this conversation, Soisci tells her story of competing in martial arts and the discovery of a generalist movement practice. She talks about becoming unfulfilled by the acquiring of skills, and how she found herself drawn towards the ability to move from her heart. She also shares about the wisdom in the movie Kung Fu Panda. And, Soisci and Kyle discuss the value of playfulness.
Rafe is the founder of Evolve Move Play, a natural movement teaching method, rooted in his dozen years of parkour training, 25 plus years of martial arts and various years of dance, gymnastics, and strength and conditioning training. In addition it is deeply rooted in his study of human evolution, ethnography, anthropology, play research and complex systems.
Evolve Move Play is recognized worldwide as leading voice in natural movement and broader movement culture.
Prior to forming evolve move play, he co-founded Parkour Visions, the first parkour gym on the west coast and acted as lead instructor there for 4 years.
In this conversation, Rafe discusses his philosophy of natural movement and a generalist practice. He shares about his approach to strength training, and what should be the "meat and potatoes." He also talks about the need to build better problem solvers, and dives into his thoughts on spirituality.
STEPHEN JENKINSON, MTS, MSW is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. He is the founder of the Orphan Wisdom School in Tramore, Canada and the author of four books, including Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, the award-winning book about grief and dying, and the great love of life. In 2015, he created Nights of Grief & Mystery with Canadian singer-songwriter Gregory Hoskins. With a 5-piece band, they have mounted international tours and released three albums, most recently DARK ROADS and ROUGH GODS. For more information you can visit orphanwisdom.com
In this conversation, Stephen discusses approaching art as a citizen as opposed to an individual, the illusion of control in health and fitness, and his new albums DARK ROADS and ROUGH GODS. And, the episode closes with the track "Exegesis" from ROUGH GODS.
Samantha Star utilizes her knowledge of pole, gymnastics, yoga and handstands as a dynamic performer, playful competitor and informative instructor. She believes perfecting fundamentals is the best way to gain strength and coordination, leveraging these to achieve a higher level of fitness and grace. By focusing creatively on technique, she helps students attain a solid platform from which they can achieve confidence, strength and power. Samantha teaches at Body & Pole, Warrior Bridge and virtually on zoom from her living room in NYC . She also travels the world to perform, compete, judge, train and teach workshops.
In this conversation Sam talks about her family and childhood spent camping, climbing, snowboarding, and doing gymnastics, and her journey into the world of pole. She shares about her experience in pole competition and her evolution into teaching. She also discusses her passion for handbalancing, and her goals and current approaches in the practice. And, she reveals teachers she looks forward to practicing with and learning from in the future.
Yuri Marmerstein a professional acrobat based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He comes from mainly a self-taught background and eventually went on to perform on a professional level and teach all over the world. In addition to performing, he teaches workshops in hand balancing, acrobatics, and the physical arts to help people gain a greater sense of freedom and self-awareness.
In this conversation, Yuri discusses his recent exploration of voice-over and film acting. He shares his story and process of learning acrobatics, hand balancing, and gymnastics. He also talks about his work as a professional performer, often for Las Vegas corporate events. And, he opens up about how the material he teaches in workshops is often a vehicle for even deeper concepts, and the power of the process as opposed to getting focussed on the outcome.
Brian Johnson is the owner of The Movement Standard in Dallas, Texas. Brian began as a student of Ido Portal in 2014 and continues to study, practice and teach what he has learned from his and others to his students. He is passionate about the holistic quality a movement lifestyle brings and combines his knowledge of physiology, anatomy, nutrition and biochemistry to help others live out their dream and express themselves with and through movement.
Brian holds a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology and has been teaching/coaching for over 20 years.
During this conversation, Brian discusses his approach to maintaining his business and community amid the pandemic. He shares about his practice as a student of Ido Portal, and explorations with different teachers and the observations he makes about the material, approach, and delivery. He also opens up about his passion and gratitude for teach and sharing, while at the same time being a student and continually developing a richer understanding of himself. And, Brian and Kyle talk about being a human generalist and technology's reduction of direct sensory experience.
Sean Langhaus is a NYC based movement and acrobatics teacher and the founder of the studio Warrior Bridge located in downtown Manhattan. His movement background includes years of experience in partner acrobatics, martial arts, yoga, flexibility training, handstands, skateboarding. His teaching is informed by the study of anatomy and movement science and brings together techniques and tools from a variety of movement styles and lineages. You can learn more about how to work with Sean by visiting WarriorBridge.com
During this conversation, Sean shares about the origins of his studio, Warrior Bridge. He also discusses his extensive movement background, and how we went from skateboarding and martial arts to yoga, partner acrobatics, and hand balancing. With a rich understanding of yoga's origins, he also fields Kyle's questions about the practice. And, he shares about his approach to teaching hand balancing.
Phil is co-founder of MindfulMover: An online training company that focuses on a unique form on minimalist training! The minimalist training is about finding the MAXIMIZING the range of gains and carryover made while MINIMIZING the time it takes to train and get them. This allows you to make gains in things you ARE directly training as well as things you AREN'T directly training while leaving PLENTY of time for other things in life like passions, hobbies, family, friends, rest, relaxation, etc. They do that with a mixture of bodyweight and weight training and constantly test to find ways to improve the amount of gains made and minimize the time it takes to make them!
During this conversation Phil and Kyle discuss reevaluating their approaches to strength training. Phil talks about the minimalist approach to strength training and the research he has done to arrive at his current philosophy. He also shares where he gives his time now that he spends less of it in the gym. And, he reflects on his years in martial arts, meeting students where they're at, and the need for compassion.
Elke Schroeder is a Toronto-based dance artist. A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2005, she has worked with Lucy Rupert /Blue Ceiling Dance (as a dancer and artistic associate), Alias Dance Project, TILT Sound + Motion, Frog in Hand, and with choreographers Jenn Goodwin, Amanda Acorn, Susie Burpee and Andrea Nann (among others). Currently she is creating solo works for her company One Animal, just finished a creation for L'École de Danse de Québec, and is dancing in a new creation by Karen Kaeja.
Elke’s diverse movement background includes dance of many styles, floorwork, acrobatics, yoga (Octopus Garden Teachers Training and Mentorship programs graduate), functional movement and martial arts. Her greatest influence is the Fighting Monkey Practice, a task-based, longevity-driven practice created by Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea (RootlessRoot). A close student of Jozef and Linda, Elke is a designated FM instructor. In addition, she owes much credit to her other main teachers: David Zambrano (creator of Flying Low), Iñaki Azpillaga (Ultima Vez) and Peter Jasko (Les Slovaks). A passionate teacher, Elke has taught for organizations such as Spirit Loft (Toronto), Toronto Dance Community Love-in, L’Artère Danse, L'École de Danse de Québec, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, the University of Calgary, Ryerson Unversity, Jane Clapp/Movement for Trauma, GMD (Toronto) and YMI Dancers (Toronto).
Elke is known for her explosive performance quality and skills on the floor; she moves like, “an almost literal ball of effervescent energy, like a swiftly tilting planet falling out of orbit” (Mooney on Theatre). She is an active creator and performer and travels her work throughout Canada and abroad.
During this conversation Elke and Kyle discuss embracing uncertainty, exploration, and shedding rigidity. Elke shares about her first exposure to Fighting Monkey coordinations. They ask the question, "What is a generalist?" And, they dig into the the concepts of resilience and change.
Kevin Neglia is a student, teacher, and entrepreneur. He owns a studio space on Long Island, New York, and shares his philosophy and experiences with his community there. He has studied with many great teachers and has been studying “movement” since 2016 with Ido Portal. This practice has led him to adopt a philosophy which addresses our lifestyles, connection to our bodies, and that bodies connection to our world and nature. His practice continues to evolve with a craftsman like mentality to discover what we can draw from it, and how we can pass it on through collective knowledge.
In this conversation Kevin and Kyle discuss the changes, adjustments, and sliver linings of practicing and teaching amid Covid-19. Kevin shares about his passion for collective knowledge. He also talks about his recent exploration of gardening and hunting. And, Kevin and Kyle question, "What is strength?"
After a 20 year career as an international and collegiate gymnast, followed by an 8 year run in the Las Vegas spectacle “Le Reve”, Yuval Ayalon transitioned into a full-time handstand practitioner and teacher. As an experienced hand balancer he now shares what he has learned throughout his life in handstand workshops on a regular basis all over the world. He follows the teaching of the late, legendary handstand artist and teacher Claude Victoria, and continues to research this incredible art form through practice and self-exploration.
In this conversation, Yuval shares about his experience as a collegiate gymnast, and the later transition from competitor to performer. He discusses his focus on the art of hand balancing, and his approach to teaching. And, Yuval talks about how he continues to find opportunities to be a beginner, and his current research in head standing.
Joseph Bartz is a movement teacher based in Berlin, Germany. http://www.josephbartz.de
During this conversation Joseph and Kyle discuss the concept of being a human generalist. Joseph shares about his use of imagination as an educational tool. He also discusses interacting with the world through our innate senses and through technology. And, he shares his thoughts on the importance of change, and the willingness to say, "I don't know."
Carsten Stausberg is the founder of Martial Movement Arts in Cologne, Germany. A multidisciplinary space with emphasis on Martial Arts & Movement Training. As a long time student of Luo Dexiu, his main background are the Internal Martial Arts of Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan & Taiji Quan, which he teaches in classes, workshops and through Online Coaching. He spent 20+ years in various martial arts such as Shaolin Gong Fu, Chen- & Yang Style Taiji Quan, Karate, Wing Chun and Judo, focusing on the Internal Arts over the last 15 years. Apart from his martial arts background, Carsten holds a B.A. in Chinese Philosophy & Literature from National Taiwan Normal University, graduated from a Chinese Medicine program and is a Certified Coach for Personal Development.
During this conversation Carsten shares the principles of internal martial arts. He talks about a recent teaching collaboration with Tom Weksler. He also discusses Bagua Circle Walking, and his more recent research in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. And, he and Kyle talk books.
Margot Ciccarelli was born and raised in the London, United Kingdom, but has been based between New York and Hong Kong in most recent years. She has studied martial arts for 20 years within Chinese martial arts, Kendo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She is currently a brown belt under Murilo Santana at Unity Jiu jitsu (New York City) and commonly known as one of the most active nomadic competitors as well as travelling coaches. She has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering (Imperial College) and divides her time around the world training and teaching jiu-jitsu. Her current movement practice is a blend of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, contemporary dance and house dance. She is also the founder of Nomadic iD and current passion project is around the topic of classroom design and pedagogy in jiu-jitsu as well as curating better learning experiences both online and offline.
During this conversation, Margot and Kyle commiserate on the last 6 months of lockdown, and what that has meant for teaching and practice. Margot shares about her multi-level passions of athlete, artist, and teacher. She also discusses her thoughts on, and approaches to, creativity and transferable skills. And, she talks about teaching, and her desire to not just teach technique, but give students the tools to learn.
Marlo has studied dance for 30 years, taught movement for 20 years, and has performed in movies, commercials, and TV shows. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Public Relations is an international pole dance champion, and has developed several teacher trainings for pole dance and floor work.
Marlo is the creator of Flow Movement. She specializes in helping people access a Flow state as they play and dance with their environments.
During this conversation, Marlo discusses her journey including professional dance, fitness, and pole dancing. She also shares thoughts on her approach to teaching, and the use of imagination as a teaching tool. Marlo talks about lessons and inspiration from improv comedy classes, and a vision for creating a movement and comedy collaboration. And, both Marlo and Kyle share their apartment nightmare stories from their early days in New York.
Paul Schreiner is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Claudio França who worked extensively with Garth Taylor, Marcelo Garcia, Dave Camarillo among others. Co-founder of the Kaijin Academy in Santa Cruz, California, Schreiner also gained notoriety in BJJs community as a coach at the Marcelo Garcia Academy – Alliance New York, where he helped develop the games of several high-end athletes produced by this prestigious training ground.
During this conversation, Paul and Kyle talk about teaching technique as vehicle for developing sensory and kinesthetic awareness and the broader skills within the art jiu-jitsu. Paul shares about his passion for fly fishing and surfing, and the transferable skills they share with BJJ. He also discusses his practice of Iyengar Yoga and his interest in breath work. And, he talks about the plans the Marcelo Garcia Academy has for reopening after closing in March due to Covid-19, and what classes will look in the beginning.
Rodrigo is the owner and founder of the largest movement facility in Brazil: Pratique Movemento. He has a degree is physical education, practiced capoeira for 16 years, and has been studying with Ido Portal for 7 years (5 of which under his Mentorship Program). Along with teaching at his facility, he also teaches movement to professional fighters at Cerrado MMA, the largest MMA facility in Brasília.
On this episode Rodrigo and Kyle discuss meeting at Movement Camp in Thailand. Rodrigo shares about his experience managing his facility and instructing his students during Covid-19, and the lessons he has learned. He talks about his education, capoeira, and working in an office with a government job prior to teaching movement. And, he opens up about his passion for syntropic farming.
Jozef Frucek is one the founders of Fighting Monkey Practice, developed through a deep study on cross motion analysis and with an aim to understand the principles of the human movement, communication and the ageing process. He has been studying under the guidance of Master Ming Wong C.Y., also a doctor of Chinese Medicine, the internal principles of movement and their relation to health and ageing. Jozef got his ArtD degree on Voice and Movement in 2002 under the supervision of Ludmila Machatsova, who is considered as one of the most influential communication trainers.
This conversation with Kyle and Jozef was recorded with a live Zoom audience. Jozef shares about his upbringing and education; including table tennis, basketball, and theater. Jozef discusses the ideas and philosophies surrounding the Fighting Monkey approach to movement and education. Questions are taken from the live audience regarding creativity and art.
Phaidra Knight is a former international athlete, sports media talent, motivational speaker, lawyer and business entrepreneur. For nearly 18 years, Phaidra traveled the globe as a professional rugby player, establishing herself as the one of the premiere players in the sport. She made three appearances in the Rugby World Cup and was selected as the top player in the world in her position in 2002 and 2006. In 2010, she was named the US Rugby Player of the Decade. In November 2017, she was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.
During this conversation between friends, Phaidra and Kyle reflect on how they were connected via Kyle's aunt who hosted Phaidra in Florida while she trained for Olympic bobsled tryout. Phaidra discusses her passion for trying new things, whether they be in sport or business. She also shares about her training in MMA, and plans to compete. And, she talks about the missions and goals behind her non-profit PeaK Unleashed and her new clothing line PSK Collective.
Gabe Polsky is an acclaimed documentary film director, writer, and producer. His films include In Search of Greatness and, most recently, Red Penguins. During this conversation, Gabe shares about his journey from competitive hockey to film making. He and Kyle talk about creativity, and the role generalization plays in its development. And, Gabe discusses his latest film and future ambitions in feature films.
David Foster is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in the treatment of neurological and autoimmune conditions. Kyle and David met when they were both performing stand-up comedy in New York City. After 15 years in stand-up, David decided to step away from the mic and focus his attention on Chinese medicine. Kyle and David reminisce and commiserate on their days in comedy, and their decisions to quit. David discusses his Traditional Chinese Medicine education, and what people can expect from work with a practitioner like himself.
Maillard and Kyle met as students of the coaching program at CrossFit Virtuosity. Maillard went on to open CrossFit Prospect Heights, and is now the co-owner of Dean CrossFit. Maillard shares about his journey, and the lessons he's learned, as a small business owner in Brooklyn; the ups and down, and successes and struggles. He also discusses the recent changes at CrossFit HQ, and his participation in expressing to the owner and CEO the ongoing changes that must be made for the betterment of the community.
Nelson Cuadras is the host of The Daily Practice, a podcast that explores the routines of its guests; many of whom are educators and performers in the physical arts. When he’s not working on The Daily Practice, he’s teaching his client’s, in person and online, how to bring more focus and presence to their lives with the aid of hand balance training. You can find him in Miami, Florida or online at @nelsoncuadras.
On this episode Nelson with Kyle about his journey into movement, and later into his focus on hand balancing. He also discusses his Cuban heritage and his job providing movement tools to corporations and businesses. And, he and Kyle talk about change and honest expression.
Keith is a CrossFit Level 4 coach and has been coaching CrossFit, jiujitsu, yoga, barbells, kettlebells and gymnastics for 20 years. He is a former owner and operator of two separate CrossFit gyms in New York City. He now lives and coaches in New Jersey, and work on the CrossFit Seminar Staff.
In this talk, Keith shares about his journey through BJJ, yoga, and CrossFit. He discusses practicing BJJ in 1997 in New York City with Renzo Gracie; discovering yoga, and later becoming a yoga teach; and the early days of CrossFit in parks and martial arts schools.
Carl is a Swedish-American Lifestyle Coach who grew up as an Elite gymnast in Spain. He launched Gymnastics WOD in 2010, assisting Jami Tikkanen in coaching Annie Thorisdottir to win back to back CrossFit Games titles in 2011 and 2012, writing the New York Times Bestselling book Freestyle, becoming a member of the Ownership Group of STRIKE MVMNT a footwear and apparel brand where he currently serves as their Global Ambassador, and in 2012 Carl founded Freestyle Connection - a Media and Digital Learning company based in San Francisco, CA dedicated to helping people design a life worth living through fitness and personal development. In this episode Movement Brooklyn owner, Kyle Fincham, speaks with Carl about his journey; teaching improvised workshops and seminars, developing his book, and being on the road.
Matt Bernstein is a passionate student, teacher, and father. He is the co-owner of Ape Co Movement in Boulder, and opening soon in Denver. Movement Brooklyn owner, Kyle Fincham, and Matt connected in 2013 when Kyle began studying movement with Matt. In this talk, Matt discusses his time in CrossFit, and going through the coaching program at CrossFit Virtuosity. He shares about discovering movement with teacher Ido Portal. He also opens up about his PTSD and the work he’s gone through to address it.
Fabio started off as a competitive gymnast before running away to join the circus at the age of 15 to become a professional acrobat. He pursued a life-long career as a physical actor, dancer and movement educator. He has toured the globe performing and teaching with the high-impact STREB -EXTREME ACTION dance company for over 14 years. Movement Brooklyn owner, Kyle Fincham, speaks with Fabio about his journey from Brazil to NYC, performing with STREB, and his studies and teaching of the Klein and Alexander techniques.
Darci has been practicing and studying the body and human movement since 2008. Her work is deeply informed by relationships between human animals and non-human animals as well as questions of Nature and Culture. Movement Brooklyn owner, Kyle Fincham, talks with Darci about her journey through the world of movement; the teachers she’s learned from and the tools, methodologies, and insights she’s found value in. Darci also discusses her concern with our disconnection from the natural world and the relationship we have with the food we eat.
Hudson Taylor is a 3X NCAA All-American wrestler from the University of Maryland and ranks among the top 5 pinners in NCAA history. He is a former wrestling coach at Columbia University and is the Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally. Founded in 2011, Athlete Ally's mission is to activate athletic communities to exercise their leadership to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports. Movement Brooklyn owner, Kyle Fincham, talks with Hudson about his life balanced in both sports and the arts, his passion for learning and his willingness to “be a white belt”, and the story behind his non-profit Athlete Ally. And, he discusses his magic and sleight of hand practice, and even performs an illusion over the Zoom call.
Emily Sanderson is a dance and movement instructor, pole dancer, performer, and practitioner of improvisation. In this episode Movement Brooklyn owner, Kyle Fincham, talks with Emily about dance, teaching, movement, and improvisation. Emily discusses her journey; including a start in Irish dance, later practicing African dance, and discovering pole dancing. She also talks about her passion for improvisation and how she approaches this topic with her students.
Alanna is a professional dancer with 15 years of experience. She shares he knowledge of movement across various disciplines including dance, theater, and sports. In this talk she shares about her experience in dance and her evolving movement practice.
Movement Brooklyn owner, Kyle Fincham, speaks with Paul McCarthy on this episode. Paul is an accomplished martial artist and founder of Cognitive Kali. Paul discusses his collaboration with neuroscientists looking into the cognitive benefits of complex movement. He also speaks on his experiences through a wide variety of martial arts, insight on practice, and teaching vs leading.
Dan is an accomplished martial artist, holding black belts in judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu. He also runs his own BJJ program in Manhattan, Dan Covel jiu jitsu. Movement Brooklyn owner, Kyle Fincham, talks with Dan about his practice and passion for teaching.
Tom Weksler is an accomplished teacher, dancer, martial arts practitioner, and lover of all forms of acrobatic disciplines. Movement Brooklyn owner, Kyle Fincham, interviews Tom about all things movement, followed by a Q&A with the live Zoom audience.