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What does it mean to imagine a new way to move?
Almost anyone can relate to the inspiring wonder of how it could feel to move in a different way.
This is the reason people endure years of physical labor learning how to fight, to dance or to flip in the air.
And we can think even more basic, babies imagine themselves locomoting freely in the world before starting the study of rolling, crawling and walking.
But usually something is lost. We get older, we normalize our abilities, we become content with what our movement is and stop asking 'WHAT CAN MOVEMENT BECOME?'.
'Essays On Freedom Of Movement' started from realizing how much energy, confidence and passion this question gives to my life. I started summarizing my intuitive strategies to keep this question alive and actual. I have gradually written, summarized and turned those strategies into something shareable. My freedom of movement is not a freedom to do the hardest acrobatic tricks, not to dance in the most spectacular way or to be a master of any art or fight. My freedom is the freedom to passionately and patiently create and study movement. The freedom to keep re-discovering its potential for progress and transformation.
I have decided to start a series of essays, each one is communicating a topic close to my heart. Every time that I re-study one of those topics, it opens more freedom in my body, in the space around me and in how I experience the world.
is the first essay in the series.
First, they are the clearest and most direct way to enter the practice and research of momentum in human movement.
I believe that momentum in human movement is one of the expressions that is missing the most in our 'mental' development as human beings.
We function in the space around us rather than exploring and playing with it. Momentum opens up the possibilities of multidirectional freedom, and rolls are a core concept of this freedom.
Rolls are the first 'skill' of locomotion that babies do when they start learning patterns of navigating in space. They are also the entrance and fundamental expression in the most sophisticated schools of refined movement: Wrestling, Gymnastics and Acrobatics. It was always fascinating to me how something so simple can lead to such complex and rich expression.
This topic alone can lead to a lifetime of study and practice and therefore it felt that sharing it is a wonderful contribution and well-earned first topic.