"(You cannot)define fitness from a non movement oriented perspective. Fitness in the modern era, from a bio-mechanics standpoint means: the ability to navigate ones environment with ease and imagination." - Scott B. Sonnon CST/TACFIT Creator
^ *mind blown*
A masterful nuance is distilled in this quote by Coach Sonnon. In this quote he was referring to his Tactical Gymnastics program which is one of my favorites and it's value to being truly a 'fit' individual. That just being fit in linear conventional sports terms is not enough. What I took from this is that :
Movement is the motive not a secondary by product.
As Coach Sonnon states that being able to navigate through one's environment with ease and imagination (and power) is the goal.
Lifting a weight is a branch of training we use to expand our movement potential, expanding our joint and limb plasticity and range (not just the parlor trick or flexibility) is another that we use to upgrade our movement quality. Any form of training is in the end...to move better.
As the TACFIT motto goes, "Only better is better."
Ido Portal in an interview said a point that stuck with me that, "Learning movement through discipline isn't enough...After the class you are still left in your body."
To see better movement as your goal. Yes we may have movement modalities but then what? What then after the curtain falls so to speak? Take away the gym, the weights, the different sports or martial arts...
No you are just a person in a sack of muscle and with 80% of communication being non verbal and physical this muscle sack becomes your vehicle for self expression an communication.
So how do you use it? What do you have to say with it?
In the TACFIT system injury prevention is one the foundation factors that the system was built on. Deriving form Scott Sonnon's CST system and in this (circular strength training) health and movement are the top two qualities on the hierarchy of values that we train for. Above all else. Healthy mobility is how we injury proof ourselves, syncing our breath with our body becomes the next step to optimize and how we recover. Injury happens when you do too much or too heavy or too complex and you are not ready. When your body moves in away your nervous system does not know and then out of fear tries to pull your body back to it's perceived "normal" and in this cross of forces is the snap, tear, or break of an injury. If we then follow this logic back the prescription is to be mobile and in control in all directions. Try tearing silk...near impossible unless you stretch it so tight than rip with such force and precision to do so.
The traditional Chinese Wu Shu idea of being both silk and iron plays in hear heavy I feel.
Navigating through the space that we occupy during our life is our signature carving into existence in this world.
This is why we see people like Scott Sonnon, Ido Portal, Elliot Husle, Paul Chek who are all teachers who make some of the most significant impact on people and their minds and bodies because they are not giving a workout. They are reteaching you your own language of optimal self expression so you can fully communicate with the world at your loudest decibel. In doing this we can become fully our own hero's because this is how we realize our "bliss" as Joseph Campbell taught.
^ Above we see Scott applying his Tactical Gymnastics program
Click this Picture here to the left to learn more about Scott's TACGYM program. It really is something.
Now we have the our motive, movement its self as our physical expression; How do we apply that?
To answer that is actually simple begin to move- WITH PURPOSE. Define your purpose. Is it escape, self betterment alone, to compete, to heal, to sharpen your mind so that this in turn betters the other aspects of your life, or is it, like me, almost all of the above? Then from there this is your reference point to how you will choose and learn, because until you learn the right ways you can move wrong and then lead to injury and confusion. This, again, will bleed into all areas of your life. How you eat, sleep, talk, etc.
Learn a structure and principle of movement first then you can start to learn how to make it your own.
Much like handwriting. We all learn how to write letters the same and once we internalize how to shape them and put them together to make words and sentences then our own unique handwriting manifests. This is movement also.
So start with a Tacfit program, Yoga ( Prasara, clubbell yoga, etc), Parkour, climbing, or martial arts. As you learn, in your daily life, just try to move better. Grabbing a glass of water, or walking through a crowd. How smooth can you be? You will start to feel like Neo form the Matrix walking around other minds still plugged into the facade.
Do not see movement as it's own discipline. It is not. It is it's own thing yes but it is tied to all your training. It is the umbrella that encompasses it all. So both take it as the same and separate.
Yes; it is a dichotomy wrapped in an enigma tied with a bow :)
But that's how the truly deep crafts our. So simple that master nuances like the quote from Scott above goes unseen until experience and humor has infected your practice.
So, Legion, continue on your Hero's Adventure with optimum healing, expressive, and reality changing movement.
Below is a cool video of David Belle and Parkour movement ideas. I love his work. Great to learn from.
Also then a beautiful Capoeira game form Capoeira Batuque, the group that I train Capoeira with when I do. Wonderful control and expressive movement.