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Europe for Budokon Training



  • The British Museum

  • Jivamukti Yoga with Harriet Bone @ The Life Centre, Islington

  • Space & Flow with Raphan Kebe @ Indaba Studio

  • The Horniman Museum and Gardens - Butterfly House

  • Contemporary with Stuart Thomas @ Danceworks

  • New Roots' vegan camembert cheese from Whole Foods #freethecow


  • Foundation Frison Horta "A Living Museum" @ Rue Lebeau

  • Yyoga Sainte Catherine

  • Yoga Room Defacqz


Some notes:

  1. Moving your own body

  2. Moving an object

  3. Moving a moving object

  4. Moving a moving object trying to kill you

= to learn about our bodies and refine those movements for martial arts (jiujitsu specifically).

  • Free Form Movement or Mobility in BDK has no formal application in this sense, but then the transitions can be applied to any sport/ action/ craft.

  • See - Say - DO.

  • 5 primary positions of the body: Supine/ Prone/ Side Body/ Upright/ Invert.

  • Combine the qualities of yoga with the expression of freeform - utilise every moment to find the greatest stretch, pacing and speed can dictate stylistic expression, dance-like/ Capoeira.

  • Let mobility inform yoga practice: a conversation between shapes, complementary and collaborative.

  • Mobility as priming the body. Athletic + therapeutic. Can be used as recovery.

  • Find opportunities to fail. Exercises that you can fail at are worth it + valuable.

  • Momentum as a rolling ball, direction and constant falling into the flow as apposed to a wet blanket that lays flat and stops.

  • "If you see the Buddha in the road, kill the Buddha".

  • Harmless vs. Peaceful - a conscious choice of ability.

  • Teaching as potency - do your job well. Understand how the world works: construct, reconstruct, and reformulate.

  • Mobility Chains: relationships and interpretation of where the body moves next. A complicated language of connections, can be predicable or spontaneous.

  • Repetitive patterns to build a new habit. Alignment - Structure - Function - Execution - then Execution with Power (eg. jiujitsu).

  • Absolute vs. Relative truths in everyday life.

  • The Vertical Leap - a good measure of overall athleticism: speed/ stamina/ agility/ leaping + lift-off power.

  • "I wish you all great suffering" - resilience/ disturbance/ acceptance/ growth + strength.

Teaching Mobility Chains:

  1. isolate technique and keep it moving in a repetitive loop to clarify and refine.

  2. fall into landings and continue the momentum/ flow. No full-stops.

  3. cycle finishes ready to begin the 2nd side - seamless.

  4. symmetry takes away from the flow of movement - can be a learning technique but not smooth in an actual chain of flow.

  5. good stress and loads for healthy joints.

  6. accurate angles.

  7. distribution of weight - safe and intentional.

  8. lines of direction clear + functional.

  9. hands close-by ready for the next move.

  10. scale of movement - big & small, contract & expand.

  11. mobility expression comes down to an individual's style: background of movement/ strength vs. flexibility/ body type/ personality.

  12. "You are a mechanic moving a machine you know very well." - make it look effortless.

Germany with the family:

  • Cologne Sculpture Park

  • Ox & Klee, Cologne

  • K21 Kunstsammlung, Dusseldorf

  • Haus der Kunst, Munich

  • English Gardens, Munich

  • The Studio, Munich

  • Assam Kirche, Munich

*Awesome BDK Mobility Training. BDK Events in HK coming soon!*

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