Fighting Monkey Online Coaching
Example of 10 Lessons
On the following page you will discover ten lessons that will serve to help you become acquainted with the principles, practices and applications of the ideas behind Fighting Monkey Research.
From getting familiar with the Athletic Leg Program Basics, Zero Forms as observational and recorrective practice, movement situations with FM tools, coordination practice to build a foundation of your physical ability, towards the role of investing time in a personal practice and extending FM to your domain of expertise and interest these lessons will help you to grasp what Fighting Monkey Practice is.
1. Zero Forms
Zero Forms are observational and re-correcting situations that allow you to check with yourself in solitude how you are developing in relation to your own values, in relationships with others and in relation to the world. They serve as a daily feedback mechanism. In the Zero Forms you concentrate in silence, contemplate and sense your being with an open attention and or specific point of reference, seeing both all that there is and what you have decided to cultivate. Zero Forms are practiced through the most basic human positions and patterns - sitting, standing, walking and posture. In zero, ‘it’ becomes obvious.
2. Feet Rooting
“You get old from the feet” is a well-known saying that brings across the importance of nurturing our feet, which are our first contact with the earth that will carry us throughout our life. Unfortunately we notice that in contemporary physical culture the feet are often overlooked and neglected in practice.
We will cover in the rooting lesson, the feet’s rooting function in our physicality, their role as proprioceptors and “first feelers”, feed-backing upwards in our structure and adaptive movement ability through specific exercises and games that ground our body from the amazing architecture that are our feet.
Balance practice follows from laying out the foundation in the feet rooting lesson. Balance is not something that is static, something that is held - it is balancing, a constantly dynamic interaction with the environment. It is balancing within your own structure, in relation to and with whom you communicate and collaborate.
Through investigation of how your structure works together as a whole and a variety of situations with both FM tools and partners you will increase the intelligent feedback that your feet allow when their proprioceptive sensitivity is stimulated.
4. Knee Washing
Our knees are our most vulnerable parts of the body and often the first to show signs of damage and decay as we age. Some traditions even relate discomfort in this part of our body to holding of our fears and anxieties.
Both hinging and rotational movements will be proposed to study the deficiencies you have built over the years and develop more trust and potential for variability in your knees.
5. Preparatory Squats
Preparatory squats are an introduction of the lower body coordination practice of The Athletic Leg Program. In this lesson you will examine the interconnection of your lower and upper body with the feet in a fixed or reasonably fixed position to prepare you for more dynamic and demanding variations.
6. Transitional Squats
Transitional squats are the basic squats of the Athletic Leg Program that could be with you your whole life. The squats allow you to test, in transit, how your whole structure collaborates when asking more dynamic demands from your lower body structure. Expect more detailed and subtle principles to be carried throughout the positions and transitions.
Small combinations build from the base of these squats will further permit you to develop and explore effortless kinetic potential.
7. Coordinations Basics
Coordination is the basis of all movement practice of FM. Coordination is the communication of our human form within the network made up of our joints and surrounding tissues. It forms the foundation for our rhythmicality, kinetic potential, and the exploration of power and strength qualities.
Coordination practice is build up around the interplay of tension and relaxation which is known as the ultimate physical quality: the best athletes and performers are the ones that can shift from tense to relaxed the fastest. The basic eight stationary coordinational patterns of the human body will be presented and progressed in a non-linear way towards moving in space in a complex variety of ways.
8. Movement Situations with Abstract Tools
Practice ball, wooden blocks, Speed tool and Dragon Pearl are tools used in FM practice that are by design and form abstract. The invisible and the potential behind and within the tools is that makes them valuable object to play and train and with as what can be explored and done with them is less defined as with the common training tools.
What do we (re-)gain when we take culturally valued objects back to a more raw material? What de we lose if we don’t? This you will investigate through tasks, challenges and movement situations that have been tried and test by thousands of workshop participants and students.
9. Role of Individual Practice
As you come to the end of the ten lessons, we will investigate deeper the role and potential of having a personal frequent practice that serves as a cleaning and feed-back mechanism in your life. Investing time in a personal practice should be driven through what happens in your life and the source material that drives the practice should come from careful self-observation through which you study without judgement the qualities you would like to improve in your life from the problems that keep arising and the potential you sense. What do you identify with, what patterns and internal and relational conflicts would you like to change?
Personal practice should both feed-back to your life and should be fed by life in what and how you practice. Without conflicting forces there could be no progress, therefore they are the ideal material to use in how you program certain parts of your practice and the ideas you carry within when practicing.
From new observations, new “alarm clocks” will always be necessary therefore practice programming should be cyclic and change every once in a while to be updated by what you and practice partners have observed. With this lesson we will also touch upon the ideas behind Anatomy Of Events.
10. Extending Fighting Monkey Practice
Extending FM Practice to your domain of expertise or interest is what we encourage and hope all of our students do, whether it is in sports, artistic performance, business, working with individuals, or other.
We will guide you with crucial questions to ask to building an intelligence practice and development environment that allows those you guide to become more creative, adaptable and help solve conflicts in their way to higher potential.
As educators and innovators within our field our role is foremost to observe and pinpoint the qualities that have been left undeveloped. We need to ask and dig deeply:
What is overlooked?
What is everyone not seeing that is so obvious?