Before we dive into the material and exercises, I would like to thank you for the time and thought that you are going to invest in this book tutorial. I wrote this book with the purpose that you take away something significant, therefore I hope this book will give you real value.
I would like to give a brief overview of how I got to what I was going to reveal. In addition, I would like to show you the purpose of the exercises and how to approach them.
I have started my journey in Capoeira, where I practiced for seven years As a 10 year old boy. Capoeira opened the door for me to an amazing world of movement. I always dreamed of fulfilling myself in different ways, although Capoeira has infinite variations it is still limited, like almost every area that has definition. In Capoeira, for example, is not allowed to touch the floor with the batt because In the past, capoeira played in white clothes as part of the tradition, and therefore it was "forbidden" to fall. Because then everyone will see that you got dirty and you lost the battle.
This practice prevents the capoeiristas from practicing lying motion. So I never practiced crawling rolling atc.This understanding opened up to me the fact that every field has its own movement boundaries, as a result, prevents the practitioner from moving in certain variations that may be essential for the practitioner.
Over time, I felt need to explore other fields. I discovered an amazing world of different patterns of movement and what is interesting is that the more I focused on areas such as yoga, martial arts, gymnastics, I saw that patterns of movement are repeated over and over again in different variations.
As time went by and as I deepened in these practices I discovered there was patterns on which everything is built. It was an amazing discovery for me, and also very frightening. I thought my journey was over, because I understood the source of my passion, and a part of the mystery had expired.
For a period I left what I was doing. I was not so interested in training and nothing else either. I was so invested in the practice that nothing else was existed for me.
After I calmed down, I have realized that this is a groundbreaking understanding that may serve thousands of people professional athletes and the general public as well.
Athletes will benefit by adding new varieties of movement possibility to their practices, and the general public will benefit by creating efficient movement patterns in their day to day life.
Still I had a lot of questions in my mind, things were still vague ,for example, I don’t understood is why so many coaches teach choreography and not the principles upon which all these disciplines are built. When I went to -BJJ I learned a routine of attack and defense, a variation of development, when I was in Capoeira, I learned a routine of development, when I went to a modern class, it was all the same.
It reminds me of the blind who tried to describe how an elephant looks like, each of them touch another part of the elephant, only in this case I had a sense that the masters keep the elements upon which all these disciplines are built for themselves like: "the frog structure" ,"centers and supports", "sumption of forces", “low friction”,“kinetic potential” and few more, and reveal another part of the elephant in forms of exercises but not the whole elephant - the principals on which those exercises were built.
Teachers want the trainees to be dependent on them, once you teach the principles, you have nothing more to teach. Because the trainee can discover all the other variations if he sticks to the principles but in this way the coach will be out of business very soon. That is why it is not profitable to expose the whole elephant.
Once you do not understand the principle, you do the technique only because that's what the teacher said without a principals on which the techniques were built.
Another equally important problem is that we do not learn the right and full patterns in order to perform daily activities, such as getting up from the floor, each time a child will do it differently [of course when we do not turn his attention to this]. This creates a situation in which motor movements are wrong and there is no one who can correct those children when they make mistakes. It is important to understand that these patterns continue with us onward to adult life and expressed as aches and pain.
why pain? When patterns of movement become fixed, they begin to shrink, the reason is that the person who performs them invests less and less energy in their performance And he becomes more and more ignorant in movement terms, while he is still young he can compensate with the muscles but after a while he is left to is the ability to organize the body effectively, and that is important at the end of the day if you know how to organize the body with minimum effort
Another reason is that some sports focus on a certain action such as hitting a ball, so practice will include less stretching in the forms of bridges. Which causes overuse of a certain part of the body and neglect of another part. This is a different form of what we talked about before, the difference is that professional sports spend so much time in one movement, that the rest of the elements are easily abandoned
The method of natural movement has a big impact already and it is keep on growing
Athletes and the younger generations have learned to take advantage of the body more effectively by learning to use the body structure rather than to rely on the muscles. A combination of Bio-mechanical arrangement and creating kinetic energy, and understanding the correct mechanical arrangement of the body, allowing this energy to continue to flow and creates a fluid movement of the body.
Part of my journey as a coach, and my exposure to diverse audiences, from children aged 3 to pro athletes who represent the state of Israel and to older people suffering from various problems. Has exposed me to the fact that natural motion research is suitable for all audiences.
This is why I am so sure that this work will revolutionize the coming years, the way we understand fitness, movement, sports, work environment and all field that fits under the umbrella of - movement.
That is why I am so excited to introduce this book tutorial, although this tutorial book is the tip of the iceberg from my research field that deals with natural movement.