“The tao that can be told is not the eternal tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the mother of all things.
The named gives rise to the 10,000 things.”
-Tao Te Ching
In today’s episode of the Evolve Move Play Podcast we speak with Marcello Palozzo, a parkour athlete and movement coach who has been dedicated to the process of self mastery and exploration for over a decade.
The core of Marcello’s practice does well to embody the opening verse of the Tao Te Ching. Movement is a vast and complex entity that offers endless opportunities for insight, improvement, and self development to those who possess the humility, curiosity, and dedication to the lifelong journey.
With our highly rational minds and our tendencies towards reductionist ideals, it can be easy to fall into the trap of specialization and to become highly invested in practices that are inherently limited in their scope of potential value. Marcello has avoided this pitfall and developed a practice that constantly pushes him to evolve his physical, cognitive, and emotional capabilities. His movement has become a personal laboratory for building character.
In addition to being a high level parkour athlete and coach, he makes time for climbing and free soloing, exploring and moving through a wide variety of environments from the deep forest to rooftops to subterranean waterways. He works closely with the Ido Portal team and holds a Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary’s University. Everything he learns in his studies then makes its way into the programming he creates for his hundreds of students around the world.
This philosophy of continual study and exploration, balancing practice based evidence and evidence based practice, balancing intuition and rationality – all to develop the truest and most heroic version of ones being, is central to Evolve Move Play and it is a pleasure to speak at length with Marcello who is independently forging his own path along the same principals.
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Happy moving, everyone!
-The EMP Team