Meet your natural movement coaches!
Under the tutelage of founder Rafe Kelley, each Evolve Move Play coach comes with their own set of experiences and disciplines to bring out the inner hero in all our students. We invite you to check out a bit of background and inspiration on each of our amazing movement coaches.
Welcome to our tribe!
Natural Movement has been the key theme in my life since childhood. I was raised at the end of a dirt road surrounded by forest; it was in those woods where I found solace from the stresses of school as a child with ADHD and Dyslexia.
At 6 years old, I started studying martial arts, including Tang Soo Do, Aikido, and Kung Fu, followed by KickBoxing and BJJ in my childhood and teens, and Muay Thai, more BJJ, Capoeira, and Systema as an adult.
When I was 8 years old, a mentor came into my life and took on my education. He saw in me a fierce need for movement and gave me room to express it. He roughhoused with me daily and allowed me to roam the woods for hours every day, which allowed me to overcome my disabilities so that by the time I turned 9, I was reading The Illiad and The Odyssey to myself. By 13, I was actively studying anthropology and evolutionary biology, which I would go on to study in college.
At 15, I began studying gymnastics, and at 23 I discovered Parkour, becoming one the first Parkour teachers in North America and co-founding Parkour Visions, one of the most highly respected parkour teaching institutions in the world.
The discovery of Parkour for me immediately led to a bigger question. Parkour for me was like taking a layer off gymnastics and finding something deeper, more primal, something more heroic. But it felt like there was still something missing.
Almost from the moment I encountered Parkour, I dreamed of creating a method that covered the full spectrum of primal human movements. The skills of the heroes of old. The capacity for movement that I read about in tribal peoples all around the world in my ethnographic readings. I started to ask the question what did it mean to move like a human—
To be truly competent to move as humans evolved to move!
How do you know what to work on when you go to the gym?
Through Parkour and a Natural Movement Practice you find inspiration for the moves you want to do and information in the moves you can’t. Combining Movement with Strength and Mobility will ensure you are on a path to becoming your most heroic self.
My name is Kyle Koch, and I have been inspiring youth and adults to connect to their gifts through movement, curiosity, and play for almost a decade.
Taking inspirations from Strength and Conditioning, Natural Movement, Parkour, Martial Arts, Nature Connection and Functional Neurology we help you to become a more heroic version of yourself!
Is your movement practice alive? Do you chase, escape, evade, grapple, strike, throw, catch, and carry in free play with live resistant partners?
Aliveness is the heart of movement practice, if your goal is transferable and effective movement ability.
The great mover is not the person with the best patterns, it’s the person with the best ability to solve movement problems!
Evolve Move Play is unique in our focus on truly Alive skill development. We are able to help develop true “playability” with our students far earlier than other methods. Whether it’s body-to-environment (Ie Parkour), body-to-object (throwing, catching, carrying, striking), or body-to-body(grappling, kickboxing, evasions), nowhere else will you experience the full spectrum of Alive movement development like with Evolve Move Play. Nowhere else will you find the progression so carefully scaled to give you the best possible experience.
The amazing thing about this is the more alive your movement becomes, the better able you are to tap into FLOW and the more ecstatic and alive you feel!
I think being driven to excel can be really powerful. But we also have to be able to find peace with the process. Alan Watts said something along the lines of, “Planning for the future is only valuable for those who can live in the present.” And think that’s a good thing to be aware of—
It’s finding the balance between “being” and “becoming”. Feel the fire in your soul that calls you to change the world for the better, but also be able to accept your process and love your story. Love your past and the lessons it taught you, love the future you’re working to create, and love the person you are right now who is doing their best to bridge the gap between the two…
Training under, and taking inspiration from Darryl Edwards (The Fitness Explorer), my coaches at Parkour Generations, Frank Forenich, and being a keen student of the Ido Portal Method / Movement Culture and Erwan Le Corre’s Movnat and Natural Movement, I became a Gloves Club coach, a West Hampstead gym specialising in boxing, natural movement and barefoot running. I brought a practical/useful movement element to The Gloves Club movement philosophy, borrowing from many elements and to paraphrase Ido Portal, “making movement his dogma”. I heavily influenced the direction of the Gloves philosophy and the classes I taught with the methods of my peers and teachers. I owe what I am today “…by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
I teach movement to a vibrant London community mainly outside in a natural environment in a variety of disciplines helping people develop their own movement practice. I have been lucky to teach Natural Movement all over Europe certifying Natural Movement coaches working for Movnat.
I am currently training under, and taking inspiration from the tutelage of Rafe Kelley (Evolve Move Play). Over the last four years I’ve have learnt and taken inspiration from Ido Portal Method, Tom Weksler, Rootless Root’s Fighting Monkey and I’m a London based level II Movnat Certified Trainer (MCT) under Joseph Bartz, a friend, teacher and amazing coach and the next generation of movement teachers.
I hold private 1:1 sessions with my clients, and conduct group classes indoors and outdoors and hold workshops in London, and around the UK. I continue to draw movement inspiration from any and all quality sources, one of the most important being the profound learning experience of being a father to my two children, a loving husband and trying to be a better human! To use my talents, resources and opportunities to serve my family, community, habitat and the world.
We support your fitness goals AND your need for meaningful connection to self, nature, and community. Our highest goal for you is the cultivation of a meaningful life with the help of outdoor movement training. That’s why we want you to get started with our daily practice to take your training and personal development to the next level. On us.