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Behind the Movement

Behind the Movement

By Kyle Fincham
Behind the Movement host, Kyle Fincham, speaks with different movement practitioners to discuss their journeys, philosophies, and insight.
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#16 - Phaidra Knight

Behind the Movement

#24 - Yuval Ayalon
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.  
October 22, 2020
#23 - Joseph Bartz
Joseph Bartz is a movement teacher based in Berlin, Germany. 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."
October 15, 2020
#22 - Carsten Stausberg
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.
October 8, 2020
#21 - Margot Ciccarelli
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.
September 25, 2020
#20 - Marlo Fisken
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. 
September 16, 2020
#19 - Paul Schreiner
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.
September 11, 2020
#18 - Rodrigo Salulima
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.
September 2, 2020
#17 - Jozef Frucek
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.
August 26, 2020
#16 - Phaidra Knight
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.
August 21, 2020
#15 - Gabe Polsky
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.  
August 13, 2020
#14 - David Foster
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. 
August 5, 2020
#13 - Maillard Howell
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.
July 30, 2020
#12 - Nelson Cuadras
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.  
July 24, 2020
#11 - Keith Wittenstein
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. 
July 17, 2020
#10 - Carl Paoli
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.
July 10, 2020
#9 - Matt Bernstein
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.
July 3, 2020
#8 - Fabio Tavares
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.
June 26, 2020
#7 - Darci Anderson
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.
June 19, 2020
#6 - Hudson Taylor
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.
June 16, 2020
#5 - Emily Sanderson
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.
June 12, 2020
#4 - Alanna Kraaijeveld
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.
June 5, 2020
#3 - Paul McCarthy
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.
May 29, 2020
#2 - Dan Covel
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.
May 24, 2020
#1 - Tom Weksler
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.
May 17, 2020