Feldenkrais and the Martial Arts

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 Nativ and FeldenkraisMoti 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
0001VTalkIntroducing Moti Nativ
0003VDiscussionQ and A about REACHING TO THE CEILING 1
0005V P01LabOne arm longer and one arm shorter
0005V P02LabOne arm longer and one arm shorter
0006V P01DiscussionLearning to become a martial artist
0006V P02DiscussionLearning to become a martial artist
0008VTalkThe Synergy project
Sunday, 17 February 2019
0009VDiscussionThe aim is to change
0011V P01LabAn introduction to kicking
0011V P02LabAn introduction to kicking
0011V P03LabAn introduction to kicking
0012V P01LabFour points in action
0012V P02LabFour points in action
0012V P03LabFour points in action
0012V P04LabFour points in action
0014V P01LabExploring the boundaries of personal space
0014V P02LabExploring the boundaries of personal space
0014V P03LabExploring the boundaries of personal space
0014V P04LabExploring the boundaries of personal space
0014V P05LabExploring the boundaries of personal space
0017V P01LabThe imaginary ball and kicking
0017V P02LabThe imaginary ball and kicking
0017V P03LabThe imaginary ball and kicking
0019VTalkThe power within you
Monday, 18 February 2019
0101VTalk + DiscussionDebriefing Feldenkrais and Martial Arts workshop
0103V P01LabA pack of punches
0103V P02LabA pack of punches
0103V P03LabA pack of punches
0103V P04LabA pack of punches
0104VLabHadaka-Jime — Feldenkrais’ choke technique
0105VDiscussionReflections and comments
0106V P01LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P02LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P03LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P04LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P05LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P06LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P07LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P08LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P09LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0106V P10LabDynamic stability is balance in motion
0107VDiscussionStarting positions
0110VTalk + discussionFinishing up
0111VTalk - Moti Nativ + Larry GoldfarbLooking 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

Available to download or stream for immediate listening

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Disclaimer: The Feldenkrais Method® of neurophysical education is presented on this website for educational and entertainment purposes only. The Method and all articles, videos, photos, audio recordings, and documents of any kind available on this website are not intended to be a substitute for professional help or medical treatment. Nothing on this website is intended to diagnose or treat any pathology or disease of any kind. This website, all media files found on it and the creator of any and all of these files, and anyone featured on these files, cannot be held responsible for any injuries or discomfort that occur. Before doing any of the movement lessons described or portrayed on this site, consult your medical practitioner.

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  • Stay in your own range of comfort.
  • Listen to the wisdom of your body.
  • This is a “NO pain, more gain” approach.

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