Starting from an early age in Traditional Martial Arts I was always obsessed with the physical.
Later on, at 15 I met the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira, a meeting that sent me on a lifetime journey leading to the realization that I don't just love Martial Arts or Strength or this or that, but I am actually obsessed with... Movement.
That epiphany got me to embark on a journey to study from 'Movement Teachers'. After countless searches, I could not find anyone who HONESTLY could represent that title, and believe me, I've searched - around the world.
Shit, I mean, don't pee on my leg and tell me its raining.
All those 'Movement Teachers' were talking about a SPECIFIC discipline - either Dance or the Martial or Fitness but none were actually interested in the bigger picture of movement. They also lacked some basic tools that were not available within their own disciplines to deal with Movement in the highest level.
So, I decided to become that person. How presumptuous, I know, but also how necessary.
“Over the years I've traveled the world both teaching and studying from a variety of teachers: from Osteopaths, Manual Therapists and MD's to Professional Dancers, Yogis, Athletes, Circus Performers and Fighters.”
I tried not neglecting any angle, from nutritional approaches to movement & health to Functional Anatomy & Physiology to methodology of the training process to mental aspects of movement practice and more.
Slowly I started to form a body of knowledge and a point of view on Movement Education, development, cultivation. My workshops became very popular and I found myself traveling everywhere to teach: all of Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Canada, the US, all over Asia and Australia.
I also conducted a yearly event called 'The Movement Camp' - Movers from around the world come together for 7-10 days and learn from a variety of teachers while exchanging and drawing conclusions into their own practice. This event enabled great cross information to flow between fighters, dancers, anatomists, rock climbers, etc. Information that was until that point quite secluded and isolated in those specific disciplines was now shared, tested, discussed.
A small community and a CULTURE started to develop around my ideas but more importantly - around Movement. This website has the intention to provide a portal (Ido's Portal...) for the expansion and communication of YOU - the Culture that gathers around Movement: Movement Culture.
While doing all of this, I don't want to forget a couple of basic beliefs and values that are important to me:
- People are not made of sugar. Also, one does not scare a hooker with a cock. In a nutshell - stop being so sensitive. Dealing with criticism well is an essential tool for a Mover who is interested in self development. Make that for any human.
- I-DO. That's my name. Talk the talk, but WALK the WALK. We move. A lot. We are designed to do so - hence we are in this amazing body. I don't mean 'training' for 45 minutes three times a week - I mean A LOT. Heck, 100 years ago just to have a drink of water was a workout.
- Leading is done from the front. I still move, research and explore MORE than my students, even my most advanced ones. Most 'industry leaders' have forgotten this while fame and money got into the picture. The rest of the pyramid then dries out as new information stops trickling down.
- Efficiency, perfecting the craft, 'most bang for your buck' and a continuous refinement of how to 'skin the cat'. There is always a better way, so find it. Then find a better one.
- Movement is big. Bigger than any specific movement discipline and it contains within it HUGE 'worlds' like the world of fitness, dance, martial arts, strength, flexibility, circus and more. Specializing is great - but beyond our specialties - we are all HUMAN first, MOVERS second and only then SPECIALISTS.
I do hope this website and everything within it will serve you well in YOUR movement journey. I do wish such a tool existed 10 years ago to help me with an itch I still have to this day.