Behind The Movement

Recorded Events

Yuval Ayalon

After a 20 year career as an international and collegiate gymnast, followed by an 8 year run in the Las Vegas spectacle “Le Reve”, Yuval Ayalon transitioned into a full-time handstand practitioner and teacher.  As an experienced hand balancer he now shares what he has learned throughout his life in handstand workshops on a regular basis all over the world.  He follows the teaching of the late, legendary handstand artist and teacher Claude Victoria, and continues to research this incredible art form through practice and self-exploration.

In this conversation, Yuval shares his experience as a collegiate gymnast and his transition from competitor to performer.  He discusses his focus on the art of hand balancing, his approach to teaching, finding opportunities to be a beginner, and his current research in head standing.  

Joseph Bartz

Joseph Bartz is a movement teacher based in Berlin, Germany.  

During this conversation Joseph and Kyle discuss the concept of being a human generalist.  Joseph shares about his use of imagination as an educational tool.  He also discusses interacting with the world through our innate senses and through technology.   And, he shares his thoughts on the importance of change and the willingness to say, "I don't know."

Carsten Stausberg

Carsten Stausberg is the founder of Martial Movement Arts in Cologne, Germany. A multidisciplinary space with emphasis on Martial Arts & Movement Training.  A long time student of Luo Dexiu, Carsten's background is in the Internal Martial Arts of Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan & Taiji Quan, which he teaches in classes, workshops and through Online Coaching. He spent 20+ years in various martial arts such as Shaolin Gong Fu, Chen- & Yang Style Taiji Quan, Karate, Wing Chun and Judo, focusing on the Internal Arts over the last 15 years.  Carsten holds a B.A. in Chinese Philosophy & Literature from National Taiwan Normal University, graduated from a Chinese Medicine program and is a Certified Coach for Personal Development.

During this conversation Carsten shares the principles of internal martial arts.  He talks about a recent teaching collaboration with Tom Weksler.  He also discusses Bagua Circle Walking, and his more recent research in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  And, he and Kyle talk books.

Margot Ciccarelli

Born and raised in the UK, but based in New York and Hong Kong, Margot has studied martial arts for 20 years (Chinese martial arts, Kendo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu). She is currently a brown belt under Murilo Santana at Unity Jiu jitsu (NYC) and is known as both an active nomadic competitor and traveling coach. Her current movement practice is a blend of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, contemporary and house dance. She is also the founder of Nomadic iD.  Her current passion project is around the topic of classroom design and pedagogy in jiu-jitsu as well as curating better learning experiences both online and offline.

During this conversation, Margot and Kyle commiserate on the last 6 months of lockdown, and what that has meant for teaching and practice.  Margot shares her multi-level passions of athlete, artist, and teacher.  She also discusses her thoughts on, and approaches to, creativity and transferable skills.  She talks about teaching, and her desire to not just teach technique, but give students the tools to learn.

Marlo Fisken

Marlo has studied dance for 30 years, taught movement for 20 years, and has performed in movies, commercials, and TV shows. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Public Relations is an international pole dance champion, and has developed several teacher trainings for pole dance and floor work.

Marlo is the creator of Flow Movement. She specializes in helping people access a Flow state as they play and dance with their environments.

During this conversation, Marlo discusses her journey including professional dance, fitness, and pole dancing.  She also shares thoughts on her approach to teaching, and the use of imagination as a teaching tool.  Marlo talks about lessons and inspiration from improv comedy classes, and a vision for creating a movement and comedy collaboration. Both Marlo and Kyle share their apartment nightmare stories from their early days in New York. 

Paul Schreiner

Paul Schreiner is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Claudio França who worked extensively with Garth Taylor, Marcelo Garcia, Dave Camarillo among others. Co-founder of the Kaijin Academy in Santa Cruz, California, Schreiner also gained notoriety in BJJs community as a coach at the Marcelo Garcia Academy – Alliance New York, where he helped develop the games of several high-end athletes produced by this prestigious training ground.
Paul and Kyle talk about teaching technique as vehicle for developing sensory and kinesthetic awareness and the broader skills within the art jiu-jitsu. Paul shares about his passion for fly fishing and surfing, and the transferable skills they share with BJJ. He also discusses his practice of Iyengar Yoga and his interest in breath work. And, he talks about the plans the Marcelo Garcia Academy has for reopening after closing in March due to Covid-19, and what classes will look in the beginning.

Rodrigo Salulima

Rodrigo is the owner and founder of the largest movement facility in Brazil: Pratique Movemento.  He has a degree is physical education, practiced capoeira for 16 years, and has been studying with Ido Portal for 7 years (5 of which under his Mentorship Program).  Along with teaching at his facility, he also teaches movement to professional fighters at Cerrado MMA, the largest MMA facility in Brasília. 

On this episode Rodrigo and Kyle discuss meeting at Movement Camp in Thailand.  Rodrigo shares about his experience managing his facility and instructing his students during Covid-19, and the lessons he has learned.  He talks about his education, capoeira, and working in an office with a government job prior to teaching movement.  He also opens up about his passion for syntropic farming.

Jozef Frucek

Jozef Frucek is one the founders of Fighting Monkey Practice, developed through a deep study on cross motion analysis and with aim to understand the principles of the human movement, communication and the ageing process.  He has been studying under the guidance of Master Ming Wong C.Y., also a doctor of Chinese Medicine, the internal principles of movement and their relation to health and ageing. Jozef got his ArtD degree on Voice and Movement in 2002 under the supervision of Ludmila Machatsova, who is considered as one of the most influential communication trainers.

Phaidra Knight

Phaidra Knight is a former international athlete, sports media talent, motivational speaker, lawyer and business entrepreneur.  In 2010, she was named the US Rugby Player of the Decade. In November 2017, she was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.
In this conversation between friends, Phaidra and Kyle reflect on how they were connected via Kyle's aunt who hosted Phaidra in Florida while she trained for Olympic bobsled tryout. Phaidra discusses her passion for trying new things, her training in MMA, her non-profit PeaK Unleashed and her new clothing line PSK Collective.

Gabe Polsky

Gabe Polsky is an acclaimed documentary film director, writer, and producer.  His films include In Search of Greatness and, most recently, Red Penguins.  In this conversation, Gabe shares his journey from competitive hockey to film making.  He and Kyle chat about creativity and the role generalization plays in its development.  Gabe also discusses his latest film and future ambitions for feature films.  

David Foster

David Foster is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in the treatment of neurological and autoimmune conditions.  Kyle and David met when they were both performing stand-up comedy in New York City. After 15 years in stand-up, David stepped away from the mic and focused his attention on Chinese medicine.  Kyle and David reminisce and commiserate on their days in comedy and their decisions to quit. 

Maillard Howell

Maillard and Kyle met as students of the coaching program at CrossFit Virtuosity. Maillard went on to open CrossFit Prospect Heights, and is now the co-owner of Dean CrossFit. Maillard talks about his journey as well as the lessons he's learned as a small business owner in Brooklyn; the ups and downs, and successes and struggles. He also discusses the recent changes at CrossFit HQ, including his direct participation in communicating changes for the betterment of the CrossFit community to the owner and CEO.

Nelson Cuadras

Nelson Cuadras is the host of The Daily Practice, a podcast that explores the routines of its guests; many of whom are educators and performers in the physical arts. When he’s not working on The Daily Practice, he’s teaching his client’s, in person and online, how to bring more focus and presence to their lives with the aid of hand balance training. You can find him in Miami, Florida or online at @nelsoncuadras

Keith Wittenstein

Keith Wittenstein is a CrossFit Level 4 coach and has been coaching CrossFit, jiujitsu, yoga, barbells, kettlebells and gymnastics for 20 years. He is a former owner and operator of two separate CrossFit gyms in New York City.  He now lives and coaches in New Jersey, and work on the CrossFit Seminar Staff.  

Carl Paoli

Carl Paoli launched Gymnastics WOD in 2010, assisting Jami Tikkanen in coaching Annie Thorisdottir to win back to back CrossFit Games titles in 2011 and 2012, writing the New York Times Bestselling book Freestyle, becoming a member of the Ownership Group of STRIKE MVMNT, and founder of Freestyle Connection - a Media and Digital Learning company based in San Francisco.

Matt Bernstein

Matt is a student of Ido Portal and has an obsession with process, teaching and quality.  Matt began teaching Movement in Brooklyn, NY where he worked with Golden Globe winning actors, Tony Award winning stage performers and people from multiple disciplines.  Matt did not grow up an athlete and has learned much of his practice as an adult.  Matt Started the Boulder Movement Collective, now known as Ape Co Movement School.

Fabio Tavares

An hour of discussion with Fabio Tavares.  Fabio started off as a competitive gymnast before running away to join the circus at the age of 15 to become a professional acrobat. He pursued a life-long career as a physical actor, dancer and movement educator. He has toured the globe performing and teaching with the high-impact STREB -EXTREME ACTION dance company for over 14 years. 

Darci Anderson

An hour of discussion with Darci Anderson.  Darci has been practicing and studying the body and human movement since 2008. Her work is deeply informed by relationships between human animals and non-human animals as well as questions of Nature and Culture.

Hudson Taylor

Listen as Kyle chats with Hudson Taylor.  Hudson is a 3X NCAA All-American wrestler from the University of Maryland and ranks among the top 5 pinners in NCAA history. He is a former wrestling coach at Columbia University and is the Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally. Founded in 2011, Athlete Ally's mission is to activate athletic communities to exercise their leadership to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports.

Emily Sanderson

An hour of discussion with Emily Sanderson.  Emily is a dance and movement instructor, pole dancer, performer, and practitioner of improvisation.

Alanna Kraaijeveld

An hour of discussion with Alanna Kraaijeveld.  Alanna is a professional contemporary dancer. She has over 15 years experience. Alanna shares her knowledge of movement across various disciplines including dance, theatre, and sports.

Paul McCarthy

An hour of discussion with Paul McCarthy.  Paul "The British Ninja" McCarthy has been the Director of the Martial Arts Program at UCLA since 2009.  He is highly accomplished in a range of martial arts.  Check out his TEDx UCLA Talk.

Dan Covel

An hour of discussion with Dan Covel.  Dan Covel has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2002 and has a Black Belt in Judo. He is the owner of Dan Covel Jiu Jitsu Manhattan. 

Tom Weksler

An hour of discussion with Tom Weksler.  Tom is an accomplished teacher, dancer, martial arts practitioner and lover of different forms of acrobatic disciplines.  Kyle will interview Tom about all things movement, practice and teaching. Q&A will follow.

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