Method

Practice Movement In Amsterdam


Classes are inspired by the Ido Portal Method. A multi-disciplinary approach towards the development of your body and brain. In most cases this involves starting with building more strength and flexibility in both structured and more open and playful learning situations. 


For example, object manipulation involves working with tennis balls, soccer balls and sticks to improve hand-eye coordination, endurance and creative thinking. 


Or, tactical work where you learn to manage distance, discover how to communicate with another person and explore a fighting scenario in a safe and playful way. 


Or, locomotion where you use animalistic patterns to develop stronger joints and learn to improvise through the development of a physical language. 


There are many more examples which you can find through the Instagram page of Ido Portal and the documentary Just Move:







Why is a Movement Practice important?


In this age of comfort and high-tech machines, does having a body still matter?

In a word: yes. 

Here are some benefits that you can get from a Movement Practice:


  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased strength
  • More exposure to play and physical challenges
  • Mindset changes in how to approach and solve problems
  • A connection to fellow practitioners who support a more healthy lifestyle


In other words: 

a Movement Practice can improve nearly every element of your body and brain. 

This obviously includes doing handstands, muscle ups and splits. But Movement also comes into play when:


  • You want to explore your physicality
  • You want to learn and grow
  • You want to spend more time connecting to your body.




What does a Movement Practitioner do?


Needless to say, a movement practitioner at Amsterdam Movement Practice pays attention to keeping their body available and capable of doing what they want to do. However there is more than just being strong and flexible. 


In fact, experienced practitioners spend significant amounts of time learning how to learn. 


They also invest time in helping fellow practitioners develop during sessions. 


If you’ve ever tried a Movement Session, then you probably already know that a lot of work is done with a partner, and how partner work is used as a tool to learn more and have a mirror.


So besides developing your own practice, there is also a responsibility to develop the practice of others. 


That way you can learn twice as fast. 





How can you start your Movement Practice in Amsterdam?


Fortunately, you don’t need to be ‘experienced’ to start your practice. Instead, you need to bring the right attitude to sessions:


  • Open to learn
  • Ability to pay attention  
  • Respect for others


To be clear: becoming an experienced practitioner takes time. But it's for all shapes/ages and sizes.


A consistent practice is bigger than the sum of its parts. And that’s exactly why it’s a Journey, rather than a bland fitness workout.


In fact, most people who study Movement end up continuing for what it teaches them rather than for what they can do. 


And if you are a curious student (like the people at Amsterdam Movement Practice), the learning never really stops. It just keeps going.


It's an infinite game. 




The 10 Big Movement Subjects at Movement Practice Amsterdam


Movement Subjects at Amsterdam Movement Practice

If you want to know what you are actually going to learn, you need to understand that the different subjects all support each other.


While seemingly unrelated. The question is: “How do these relate and support each other?”


Here are the major subjects you work on in a session:


Terminology - Developing a language and learning to articulate and mobilise the spine. 


Strength - Developing stronger joints and the ability to generate force across a wide range of movement scenarios.


Handstands - Increasing a sense of balance and using inversions to open up the doors to plasticity. 


Mobility - Combining strength and flexibility to bulletproof joints and maintain range of motion until an old age. 


Locomotion - Using animalistic patterns to develop strength and mobility through physical expression. 


Coordination - Organising the body and developing more intelligent cooperation between limbs to fulfil a specific task. 


Tactical Work - Exploring fighting scenarios without the disadvantages and through a playful and methodical approach. 


Object Manipulation - Using stick and balls to improve eye-hand coordination, fine motor control and proprioception. 


Environmental Practice - Exploring every space as an opportunity for physical development. Turning the city into a laboratory. 


Water Quality - Discovering the ability relax and connect various parts of the body through a network of connections.


Stillness - Meditative practices to develop more stillness of the mind and the ability to observe with attention. 




Where can you find more information about Movement in Amsterdam?



What I know is that finding a group of people to practice with is SUPER important.


Fortunately, you can also start by yourself.

All you need to do is use the sources in this chapter.


Hanging:

Squatting:

Waving:


Now I’d like to hear from you: 

what are you going to start with first. 

Or perhaps you are ready to give the Movement Practice a go...


Your body is the result of your Movement Journey.