Evolve Move Play Podcast
Jozef Frucek is of the most inspirational movement teachers I have encountered and Fighting Monkey is an incredible practice. He was on fire in this interview. We were all over the place with too many ideas thrown out to track completely.
Fighting Monkey and Evolve Move Play are very similar conceptually and contain many similar elements, with the differences arising partially from our different movement backgrounds, as well as our personalities and philosophies.
One of the key ideas in movement practice and indeed in life is the balance between form and formlessness. When we create order and structure we give ourselves a scaffolding to work from and a goal to work towards but we constrain our options, constrain what we can perceive, how we can act. Conversely, with formlessness the potential is limitless but direction is difficult. The biggest difference between FM and EMP seems to be in the balance found here. The Fighting Monkey practice leans towards formlessness, to the way of having no way, whereas EMP focuses more on trying to articulate an optimal structure. This theme I think runs through our whole conversation, while touching on many specific aspects of practice and movement philosophy.
Specific topics covered include:
1. The balance between the movement practice and bringing in new elements
2. Jozef’s 40/60 rule
3. What is the right “why” for movement practice
4. Heroism and meaning
5. Effective and efficient practice vs. diversity and variability
6. How to develop creativity in movement practice
7. The Heroic archetype and The Iliad and Odyssey, balancing Achilles vs. Odysseus
8. Why you should listen to other people less and listen and to yourself more
9. How we need space and time to allow the development of a practice
10. Jozef’s teachers and background
11. The importance of rhythm; my approach to conceptualization of rhythm for parkour and Jozef’s ideas on how to develop rhythm
12. Why we need to start with improvising, with acting out the thing we want to do
13. Why you want to be a street rat not a lab mouse
14. Specialization vs. general movement practice
15. Longevity and motivation
16. Why the game is more important than the tricks
17. Key things to study to support your movement practice
Enjoy and drop a comment with your thoughts on formlessness and form, and the pursuit of meaning and in movement practice, or question about any specifics we covered.
“There is no better way to keep good people weak, then to tell them they will magically become bad people if they become powerful.”
This weeks podcast features a second sit down with celebrated self defense author Rory Miller.
In this episode we dig deep into.
1. The problem of orienting effectively as finite creature in an infinite world.
2. How we evolved to be powerful
3. Why our education systems are set up to prevent us from becoming powerful
4. Why we need to become powerful to be virtuous
5. Principles based training
6. Social scripts why we need them how they limit us and how to step out of them to achieve your goals
7. And the balance between the lizard, monkey and human brain and whether reason or emotion and intuition are our greatest guides.
We are still working on getting our episodes up on itunes it should be done very soon for now click below for the youtube link.
“When you don’t listen first life throw ping pong balls at you, after it throw the bowling balls if you still don’t listen.”
Stephane Vigroux can speak to this personally, in 2001 right before parkour exploded into mainstream consciousness Stephane tore his knee during a shoot for Nike.
In last week’s episode we focused on the neuroscience of nutrition.
This week we are focusing on how Movement Nutrition and the broader subject of movement ecology with world renowned biomechanist Katy Bowman.