This essay is divided into 7 classes and is covering over 10 years of research into the freedom of movement that can be acquired through ROLLS.
Rolls are the most primal form of complete locomotion. They are also fundamental to skillfully taking physical risks and therefore are practiced in all acrobatics disciplines and most of the martial arts.
The content that I present in this essay can change the way you think about the space and about human movement in the space. It can teach you to see creative possibilities regardless of the context of your practice and to enjoy more the sensation of moving freely. The practice that I propose is not focused on specific moves but on the skill of multidirectional freedom. It offers you a flexible and refined systematic approach that includes improvisation, study, drills and techniques. More than anything, it presents a new and inspiring perspective, that is accessible to all but can also be effectively challenging to all.
WHAT WILL YOU RECEIVE?
You will receive access to more than 8 hours of recorded content to watch and practice in your own time. This will cover my study and practice of everything that is related to developing a solid self-practice of rolls: philosophy, practice, structure and creativity.
The content will be available for a lifetime access through a special log-in area in our website. If you wish to download the chapters we will send an appropriate link. You will also be able to enter an exclusive forum where you can interact with me, ask questions and share your experience of practicing and creating with this essay.
Each of the 7 classes is approx. 1 hour and focuses on a different concept. It is broken down into principles, open forms, drills, rolling technique and a unique creative concept by this order. Here is the list of the chapters:
-How To Use This Essay
-Chapter 1 – Walking
-Chapter 2 – The Curved Space
-Chapter 3 – The Illusion Of Symmetry
-Chapter 4 – The Spiral
-Chapter 5 – Momentum
-Chapter 6 – Side Rolls & Adaptability
-Chapter 7 – Bouncing Into Power
WHO IS IT FOR?
Anyone with a human body interested in learning more about freedom of movement through rolls. The essay is designed to present ideas in a way that will benefit both beginners with short experience who look for learning structured basics and experienced professionals like dancers, martial artists, acrobats, freerunners, yogis, and coaches who can integrate the content to their own desires and discipline.
DO YOU NEED EQUIPMENT?
The object and subject of this practice is your body and most of the work will need nothing more than attention, concentration and patience.
For some of the techniques we will cover you might want to start off with a soft surface like mats or grass before attempting them on a harder floor. Nevertheless, with a proper process over time all those techniques can be and are intended to be applied on a hard floor.
WHAT'S THE BENEFIT?
The in-depth study of rolls will revolutionize the way you move and allow access to progress, creativity and the freedom to try new things. It is also a fun, challenging, mysterious and dynamic topic that contains learning experiences for a lifetime of practice. Rolls have taken my expression, skills and movement much further than I could ever imagine and I am sure it will do the same for you!
(By last name's alphabetical order)
A circus performer, Ex- Olympic Gymnast and world renowned handstand artist and teacher.
"It has been fascinating watch and follow Tom Weksler’s work and evolution as a dancer and a movement artist over the past decade. In addition to the continuous development of his own craft, Tom has been sharing his knowledge through workshops around the world and has created his unique approach towards teaching, making it valuable and accessible to a wide range of audiences, from professionals in the dance world, to the general public with interest in movement.
Tom’s new Online course, 'Essays On Freedom Of Movement' brings his years of experience into a well thought and easy to follow format, that can be integrated to a wide range of practices and disciplines. If you have taken one on of Tom’s live workshops this is an absolute must! If you have not yet had the chance to move in person with Tom this course will be a great place to start…"
A Dancer, Teacher and Pole-Dance Innovator.
Founder of 'Flow Movement'
"Tom Weksler masterfully delivers concise movement lessons that simultaneously nurture the beginner and challenge the highly-experienced mover to clarify their intentions—which is what has kept me drawn to his work for years.
Tom’s new (and only online) course, 'Essays On Freedom Of Movement', is rich with technical and creative insights. With each invitation to explore the material, I felt myself open to unfamiliar pathways. If you are interested in moving well and being a lifelong student of possibility- 'Essays On Freedom Of Movement' is undeniably one the best online resources you will find."
A Yoga, Meditation and Dance Teacher
"As a Yoga and Dance teacher this essay gave me new tools and perspective of the space around me and the possibility to move with it. Tom has a wonderful talent of taking complicated movements and to explain it in a precise and clear way. The uncompromised study and research of Tom throughout the years helped him to create his unique movement language. This enables him to make any movement practice interesting and creative and as a student of this essay it added a lot of playfulness and fun which also helped me to find my own creativity.
Watching and practicing the content allowed me to develop new ways of seeing extraordinary possibilities in ordinary movement and space. In a way, I felt I was developing awareness of the special experience that is movement itself.
This essay is a must for anyone interested in movement and looking for refining and upgrading their perspective on the body, time and the space."
"Tom's rolling appears magical. Though I've seen him rolling for years, often I am compelled to suspect there is a secret ingredient in his technique. But here he deconstructs rolling so thoroughly, that nothing remains hidden nor mystified.
These essays are practical stepping stones. An example of a living practice. They invite you to enter the world of rolling at your own pace and for your own reasons. Doing that through time will present you with Tom's simple secret: Invest in what you love, and gifts will follow."
A teacher, therapist and dancer based in Israel.
Founder of 'Weightlessness'.
Physical Educator, Bodyworker
"I have come to know Tom as the personification of poetry in motion. Witnessing Tom's self-expression through movement and dance captured my imagination at first glance. The technical execution of how Tom moves in space is a showpiece in itself -- but there is more. There is an essence of wonderment and authenticity to Tom's being in movement. It appears that Tom has a unique relationship with gravity and space that is far beyond technicalities.
In his 'Essays on Freedom of Movement,' the student is introduced to the perspectives, concepts, and principles that Tom has harnessed through a lifetime of exploring movement. Not only are the classes produced in a pristine fashion, but the delivery of how a student can engage and integrate the content into their life is simply poetic.
The student is offered a view of the world, and suggestions of how to interact with it to bring one's own authentic physical expression to the surface. Loaded with pragmatic approaches to developing technical performance this piece of education can complement the seasoned dancer and turn the world into a playground for the general movement enthusiast.
I am personally delighted that Tom has created such a practical and wonderful resource that I can integrate into my own practice at any time, anywhere. I am particularly grateful for the profound insights into creating a practice inspired by wonderment.