Today we got our papers! 7 days of Movement Camp complete. For the next 3 days, I am going to be exploring the surrounding area, and processing the vast amount of information that I was exposed to over the last week or so. The camp was everything that I expected it to be, and more. This is in no small part due to the teachers and organizers of the camp, who really deserve a huge thank you from all in attendance. Roie, Ido, Odelia, Shai, Johnny, Joseph, Martin, and Stephen pulled a blinder this week, and gave us all an experience that we most certainly will not forget. After breakfast, I headed to Karon Beach with a few of the camp goes, including my roommate for the week, Peter, who was convinced that our room was being frequented by an unfriendly poltergeist for the last couple of days of the camp. I had noting to do with the random incidents upturned furniture, displaced luggage, television coming on, and doors mysteriously closing…..I swear. Also on board for the post-camp exploration was my good friend Robbie, whom I train with at home every week, and who was an invaluable partner in crime in getting to the camp, getting through the camp, and sharing ideas and laughs with all the time.
Our trail was to Karong beach. Markets, sunshine, food, and everything you expect from a quiet Thai town was here in abundance. Much more relaxed than Patong, and they didn’t seem to play ping pong here at all. We went to the beach and hung out, with some movement ensuing, and frequent dips into the warm ocean. It was a great chance to speak to the other lads about their own experience and feelings about the previous weeks training, while being removed from the training environment. Each had different perspectives on the sessions and elements of the camp, and we all found different things more difficult than others.
So what did I get from the Movement Camp? First and foremost, I got to know some great people. Movers from every kind of background you can think off and from countries all over the globe. Despite the variety, there was a distinct sense of common goals and shared purpose at the camp, and this was a very refreshing and rejuvenating experience. In terms of the training, I think we all took something different home. The fighters were exposed to a more gentle side of training, the handstands got stuck into the locomotion, and I’m sure that whatever the weak link that people may have had coming into the camp were addressed in one way or another. For me, Odelia’s class was the most physically challenging, while Shai presented a brand new insight into
mobility and moving with a focus on different parts of the body. The work with John and Joseph was both detailed and fun, and I got some gems from the lads that I want to practice on. Primarily, that noise is usually equal to inefficiency when moving. The jumping and landing Parkour style, and the open nature of the environment that we were working in presented real physical and stimulating challenges, and seemed more fun than jumping onto a box in the gym. Ido’s sessions were just the perfect storm of insights, exploration, and revelations fro start to finish. The most valuable things that I took from Ido’s sessions were included the sheer knowledge and strength of the ‘movement message’, the blending of fine motor control with more gross actions coupled with peripheral vision development, and the fun and focus that comes with working with a partner. We worked on some lovely footwork patterns, and every small movement that we practiced eventually fed into a bigger, more global movement at a later stage. The post session de-brief chats with Ido bore as much value as the session itself, and certainly gave me a mindset boost for the rest of the sessions, especially when the fatigue was knocking on the door. Stephen Jepsen, and Martin Kilvady , although delivering their message in different ways, and on different nights, for me, spoke of a very similar things. Having fun, staying young at heart, playing games, and being a bit strange in the eyes of the majority (in a good way!) was the combined message for me.
Another big bonus for me was getting to hang out with John Sapinoso, my own coach on the online coaching program. With all the talk of student-teacher dynamics and what makes a great student, it was awesome to get to know John a bit outside of the coaching program, and also to thrash out a plan for the coming months. For sure, I have not been the ideal student of the Ido Portal method at times, with work taking over from time to time, and other distractions rearing their heads now and again as well. Meeting with John give my student mindset a good boost, and I am most certainly going to double my own efforts in training when I get back. It was also awesome to get to know the rest of the teachers at the camp, and see that despite teaching in the same ‘method’, they all have their individual stamp on their teaching and outlook. There was much talk of community spirit at the camp as well, especially nearing the end of the camp. There was a definite sense of shared purpose, and a common goal of developing a high level of proficiency in moving the body in many ways. Hanging out with people who are committed to improvement is infectious, and certainly sets the scene for the coming months with my own training, and where I want to go with it, as well as giving me more tools that I can use to help our own members at ACLAÍ.
Tomorrow, I am going on a boat trip around some of the smaller islands off the coach of Phuket. Here’s to some happy travelling!
ago. This was a vocation involving years of a tough apprenticeship to learn from the master Blacksmith. Now, you can do a course over a weekend or a few weekends and get a certification in whatever you want. Have we all of a sudden become able to learn vast amounts of information to an expert level in warp speed? Do we have so much information that we no-longer need the expertise of the masters? The answer is no. If anything, our ability to learn and focus on developing expert skills has been diminished with the dilution of our brains with so much junk information. Too many aim to specialize, and start getting paid for providing some kind of service straight away. Too many cash in the knowledge they accumulate in formal education, and put learning on the backburner.
The electrician’s example also draws great comparisons to the philosophy of being a ‘mover’. Specialization will limit you, and eventually break you. Generalization will make you better at everything, and make you more resilient. In sport, this may be a fine balance between ‘mover’, and ‘athlete’ owing to the specialist nature of the training required to succeed, but in the right hands, they work in perfect tandem.
As if that was not enough for the day, tonight we had the night time off from training and lectures etc. A few of us decided to take off into Patong to see the sights. Just as we were about to load into the taxi, Stephen Jepson decided to jump in with us. The 40 minute bus ride out to Patong was just an avalanche of wisdom from Stephen, and we had a good laugh too. As soon as we got off the bus, it was like we were given day release from a mental institute. All we have done for the past 6 days was train, eat, and sleep, all within the training compound. Now we were free! We walked up and down the bustling streets of Patong having a laugh and wondering why they have such an affinity for Ping Pong in this area. The bus journey home was just as fun, and after a quick dip in the pool back at camp, I got to bed around 12.30, ready to get back to it in the morning!