Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, created a martial art that didn’t rely on how big or strong you were. Instead, this gentle way of self-defense depends on physical awareness, coordination, and efficient action. Using his understanding of physics and engineering, Moshe Feldenkrais developed a functional framework of how we move when we move as well as we can.
In this workshop, we use the notion of moving from your center to understand optimal biomechanics and examine its pivotal role in Moshe’s methodology. We will explore the precise and powerful coordination of the body’s largest muscles, the accompanying articulation of the hip joints and lower lumbar vertebrae, and their connection to effective action. Then you will apply what you’ve learned about mobilizing this area, also known as the hara or dandien, to observing and understanding others. At the same time, you will discover how to connect to your inherent strength and improve how you move.