Parkour – European Gathering 2009, movement therapy and personal development.

First of all I’m sorry for having posted in a while. I have been troubled with some major dysfunctions which have surfaced after recognizing the superficial asymmetry. It’s a journey which have taken me through some interesting thoughts.

To start anew I signed up for a parkour training camp called “European Gathering 2009” at the Gerlev Sports Academy. Bear in mind I have had no training in this kind of movement before. The great guys from Danish Streetmovement are great organizers and teachers, so I’ve learnt a great deal about philosophy of movement, flow, community and play. Several of the original Yamakazi crew are attending as teachers, and watching them brings a whole new level of what it means to be a natural athlete. I’ve done a small token of my appreciation by talking a little bit about physical training, rehab and prehab. Due to the great efforts of Line Hovmand and Sebastian from Streetmovement Z-health, jointmobility, functional mobility and balanced tension/relaxation is dawning in this exuberant and youthful community.

One of my issues have been my inability to release the tension in my body, specifically the t-spine, neck, hips and forearms. During my search for pain free movement a good friend of mine, Kristian Elbo, who is a phenominal golf trainer, pointed me to a system by movement therapist Per Gjeding. The therapy have provided instant release through the connection of specific movement patterns and breathing.

My training is focused around finding flow in what I do, carefully releasing tension after strength training and as always going towards the ideal movement. My methods as of now include but isn’t exclusively kettlebell training, yoga, parkour, clubbells, tree, rock and urban climbing, barefooting and play/games of all sorts. I hope to include more z-health and pose-technique in the future. Similarly I’m reading through some of the stuff concerning alexander technique and egoscue’s movement therapy.

Personal note:

Magne, my magneficent 4 months old son, is truly a joy to nuture and watch over. His exurberance is inspirational beyond belief and his joy in movement and connection makes me think about how important it is that we enjoy life and share that joy with those around us.

“A person is not a person without other people”

Joy is a funny mathematical size. It grows simply by paying attention to it. By adding you joy to that of another person quadruples it. Gratitude works the same way, plus it is a great antidote to fear.

I hope this message finds all of you well.

Kind regards

Dennis

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About Dennis Frisch

Hi My name is Dennis Frisch. I've been an officer in the Danish Army through 8 years, incl. three years in the elite Danish Recce Batallion and an operational tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the funcion of Recce Platoon Commander. I have completed the danish Commando Course, and later joined the cadre staff on this course as a specialist instructor. I am airborne qualified by the Danish SOF-unit, Jægerkorpset. I am an russian kettlebell enthusiast and instructor, and have been trained by and trained with master instructors such as Pavel Tsatsouline, Kenneth Jay, Tommy Eli, Steve Maxwell, Steve Cotter, Jon Engum, Brett Jones, Mark Reifkind, Andrea Du Cane, Dr. Mark Cheng, Jeff O'Connor and Sarah Cheatham I have a training backgound covering military disciplines such as military and naval pentathlon, orientering, strongman events (evolutionrace.dk), endurance events and swimming. My martial arts history started with full kontact karate and have through the years touched several arts including kick/thayboxing, traditional jujutsu, four range fighting system, judo, boxing, tai chi, filipino stickfighting and krav maga.
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2 Responses to Parkour – European Gathering 2009, movement therapy and personal development.

  1. Brett J says:

    Thanks for the post, Dennis. Glad to hear you’re finding release of tension through that combination of movements…I also yoga and parkour(“-lite”…i.e., when i’m in a room by myself at work i tend to jump around and climb, challenge myself where i can). I was going to recommend looknig into Alexander Technique, but saw that you’re already doing so. I look forward to having a child of my own who can be an inspiration, my own personal trainer in the realms of freedom, play, impulse and exploration.

    • Dennis Frisch says:

      Thanks, Brett. Having a child is a life changing and challenging. It is definitely the most rewarding experience in my life.

      Alexander technique, Egosgue and Z-health are all part of the movement therapies I’m researching. As far as parkour goes it is a very natural way to move, especially when you take it outside to the woods.

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