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 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
|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|
|0017V P01||Lab||The imaginary ball and kicking|
|0017V P02||Lab||The imaginary ball and kicking|
|0017V P03||Lab||The imaginary ball and kicking|
|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|
|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