In February 2019, Moti Nativ presented Feldenkrais and the Martial Arts in Amsterdam. The result of years of historical and applied research, this public weekend workshop is an experiential introduction to the martial arts roots of the method Moshe Feldenkrais created.

Moti Nativ and FeldenkraisMoti taught a series of Awareness Through Movement® classes, each of which led directly and seamlessly into practicing a martial art move with a partner. By clarifying the specific dynamic musculoskeletal organization behind a particular technique, each ATM® gave participants a feel for complex coordination that would otherwise take much longer to develop. Over the course of the two days, the participants developed and applied a vocabulary of movements while, simultaneously, experiencing the embodiment of fundamental principles of martial arts, in general, and judo, in particular.

The curriculum, designed for martial artists, members of the public, and Feldenkrais teachers alike, covered a series of seven ATM lessons, connected each one to martial arts practices, and, through demonstration, discourse, and dialog, clarified the key concepts such as:

  • Dynamic stability.
  • Spatial awareness.
  • The link between coordination and strength.
  • Warrior attention.

 

 

The day after the workshop, Moti came to the Amsterdam International Feldenkrais Teacher Training as a guest teacher, to reflect on and go into greater depth about what he’d taught over the weekend.

In a discussion with Larry Goldfarb, the director of the program, Moti debriefed the members of the training, all of whom had attended the workshop, on its curriculum and content. For instance, Moti addressed why he taught the ATMs at a pace that was enthralling for the martial artists and members of the public who attended and perturbing to many of the Feldenkrais teachers and trainees.

Over the course of the training day, Moti taught two more ATMs, explored more martial arts applications — including Feldenkrais’ renowned choke technique, and revealed more about the connection between judo and Moshe’s method.

The entire three days of training — two days of Moti’s public workshop and one day at the Amsterdam V training — were recorded and then professionally edited. The complete package, consisting of 45 videos of the didactic presentations, discussions, and each of the demonstrations along with nine ATM audio recordings, is now available to stream or download via the MIM online library.

 

Table of contents

FILE NUMBER ACTIVITY TITLE
Saturday, 16 February 2019
0001V Talk Introducing Moti Nativ
0002A ATM REACHING TO THE CEILING 1
0003V Discussion Q and A about REACHING TO THE CEILING 1
0004A ATM REACHING TO THE CEILING 2
0005V P01 Lab One arm longer and one arm shorter
0005V P02 Lab One arm longer and one arm shorter
0006V P01 Discussion Learning to become a martial artist
0006V P02 Discussion Learning to become a martial artist
0007A ATM TURNING ON THE HEEL
0008V Talk The Synergy project
Sunday, 17 February 2019
0009V Discussion The aim is to change
0010A ATM FOUR POINTS – FROM THE END TO THE BEGINNING
0011V P01 Lab An introduction to kicking
0011V P02 Lab An introduction to kicking
0011V P03 Lab An introduction to kicking
0012V P01 Lab Four points in action
0012V P02 Lab Four points in action
0012V P03 Lab Four points in action
0012V P04 Lab Four points in action
0013A ATM HUGGING AN IMAGINARY BALL
0014V P01 Lab Exploring the boundaries of personal space
0014V P02 Lab Exploring the boundaries of personal space
0014V P03 Lab Exploring the boundaries of personal space
0014V P04 Lab Exploring the boundaries of personal space
0014V P05 Lab Exploring the boundaries of personal space
0015A ATM KICKING 1
0016A ATM KICKING 2
0017V P01 Lab The imaginary ball and kicking
0017V P02 Lab The imaginary ball and kicking
0017V P03 Lab The imaginary ball and kicking
0018V Lab Jumping
0019V Talk The power within you
Monday, 18 February 2019
0101V Talk + Discussion Debriefing Feldenkrais and Martial Arts workshop
0102A ATM REACHING TO THE CEILING 3
0103V P01 Lab A pack of punches
0103V P02 Lab A pack of punches
0103V P03 Lab A pack of punches
0103V P04 Lab A pack of punches
0104V Lab Hadaka-Jime — Feldenkrais’ choke technique
0105V Discussion Reflections and comments
0106V P01 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P02 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P03 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P04 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P05 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P06 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P07 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P08 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P09 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P10 Lab Dynamic stability is balance in motion
0107V Discussion Starting positions
0108A ATM ON THE SIDE SHOULDER AND HIP MOVEMENT
0110V Talk + discussion Finishing up
0111V Talk – Moti Nativ + Larry Goldfarb Looking to the future

 

Edited live workshop plus training recordings:

  • Talks, demonstrations, and discussions
    45 videos (MP4) files
  • Feldenkrais Method® ATM lessons
    9 audio (MP3) files

Feldenkrais and the Martial Arts

Martial arts & Moshe’s method

Regular price $177.00