After the Q&A published in the Telegraph Magazine in India, we now got our second post, which is a review of the FOM Seminar. Thank you Manju Bagur for coordinating the media in addition for caring to make the event happens with this much success, it would had never happened without you, great to see the appereciation of the people who came, seeing their new gained perspective that could lead to anything.
There are a few ways to get started training with Fundamentals Of movement (FOM)
At the moment there are people around the world that are training and studying the system in order to become certified instructors, and be able to hold FOM classes possibly in your neighborhood.
However for today, August 2015, we still don't have such classes.
FOM is geared more toward individualized work, which can be done also in a group setting, people could work in little teams, or by themselves if they are advanced enough, together with the group flow.
At the moment there are four ways to get started with FOM (and of course aside from those you are always welcome to book private sessions or join me to my own training). All ways support each other and it's most recommended to do all if the interest is there.
First way is to start with an online program, you can find out how the Online programming can help you achieve your own personal goals here. In the process you will also realize how well the system work, fixing weak links and taking you to your next level. What you will not get is a comprehensive explanation as to how and why it works.
Second way is to start with a Nutritional program, getting healthier through better eating habits. In FOM we implement small changes to the personal eating habits, in order to facilitate a slightly better lifestyle, or bigger changes, depends on our judgment and consultation with the client. For more information about Nutritional Consultations click here.
Third way is "the Healthy Body program", this one program is a combination of the first two and more, it is our most hands on offering, where results will be most powerful, for information about that click here.
Fourth way is to take a FOM seminar, or Intensive, or a Cert. Seminar, where you will learn the theory behind the system, you will get to understand many of its ways, and play with different concepts. You will get a great wide picture that will give you tools and perspective to analyze everything you had done so far, and get more out of them.
In order to qualify for a Certification seminar you will need to have experience in both sides of the ladder, both the training, and the theoretical part that would need to be implemented by the time of the Cert. The practical knowledge for the cert. is quite comprehensive even for level 1, be ready to work hard to be able to represent us delivering quality health to our friends.
It is interesting to ask people why they train. Usually you get some simple answers like 'I want to look good', when digging a bit deeper you can discover other reasons and deeper interesting perspectives like why a person thinks a certain look is better than another or how would it change their life if they did look a certain way.
Looking at the simple answers there are three themes that we usually come across, that can be present individually, or as a combination of the three.
First theme, people that want to look good, and might not care about anything else but how they look.
It might seem shallow but who is anyone to judge? People have their own reasons in life, people been through different things, they might not even like to exercise, but at the end of the day they are willing to do the minimum or the maximum to look good.
You would see these people going to the gym or the cross-fit box to lift weights and get more muscle size. Or you would see them at the aerobics room trying to lose weight, or using the cardio machines.
Fundamentals Of Movement offers resistance training that will increase muscle size. Problem with other resistance type training is that muscle does grow, but it doesn't always look proportional. The work doesn't always distribute evenly throughout the body, and many times doesn't target the weaker less fun parts. With FOM it's always about body alignment for bodyweight resistance and real proportions will always be the results. Instead of only doing robotic moves which are more suited for rehabilitation, we actually get to have fun in the process, using real skills.
Second theme, people who want to be healthy, some might not care about how they look, but rather want only to preserve their body, so that they can happily live in it, free of any pains and disease, plus the doctors recommend it.
For this one FOM is a no brainer. Increasing mobility, giving attention to joint health, and building strength that applies to daily activities, will make any other life activity more rewarding. With whatever time limitation you might have, you could only learn how to Maximize the health benefits from your day to day activities by using your body correctly shopping for groceries, or learn how to better your posture consciously. The more time you invest in yourself the better your health will become following this specific system created for that.
The third theme we come across is people that want to be able to do a certain move, skill, or combination. These types of athletes are often performers at various levels of ability, as well as regular people who are fascinated by these abilities.
What these people sometimes forget, is to work on the conditioning side of things. Without strength, balance in the joints, and active flexibility, there will be more injuries in the process, which could take a toll on the speed of progression. Specific strength can help overcome plateaus in the progress, and help to increase abilities, so people can also improve beyond their current physical capacity. Strength also helps stabilize the joint preventing injuries, where Active flexibility will help absorb shocks sparing body tissue. Don't forget fat loss to get lean, and energy production systems.
With these the system is well equipped to mimic the type of strain a particular skill demand, and enhance that according to supercompansation/ adaptation principles.
Beyond the conditioning factor we also work with various skills that compliment each other.
- Floor acrobatics to enhance posterior shoulder and back health.
- Aerial skills to develop more pulling strength (opposite from pushing the floor during acrobatics) with apparatuses such as fabric, rope and gymnastics rings.
- Explosive skills for expression of power. We work on various balance work on the floor, as well as partner balance work, various strength and flexibility skills and the system is open for other types of skills that can be analyzed and enhanced through its principles.
FOM is accommodating, it is planned to fit the lifestyle of the practitioner, and maximize her results within the constraints of her time, abilities or desires. The door is always open for further growth and development. It has room for people who only want efficiency in their limited training time, as well as education for those who would like to invest more in their knowledge about these topics as the system is very comprehensive.
To fully understand FOM conceptually, it would help to also understand how I came up with it.
It really goes back to my early childhood, a perception I had as a little kid, back in Tel Aviv, Israel.
As a kid I used to look at adults around me feeling that they look so far from nature, un-natural and deformed. I also couldn't understand some of the behaviors I saw that did not correlate to nature, which I always enjoyed observing. Behaviors that I would always ponder, was it a mere invention of our creative ability that had nothing to do with nature, just like our physical issues, or is it that you don't see them in nature due to the fact that we are the most developed creature intellectually.
At the time it made me feel a sense of disconnection, thinking I would not want to live in Israel, thinking America, through what I saw on TV, made much more sense, only to discover later that these problems are world wide phenomena.
I recall thinking I would not compromise with looking anything less then in a way I would be able to survive in nature had civilization would cease, thinking hardly anyone I see would be able to survive live in nature.
As you can tell I had lots of questions and very few answers.
Run it forward a few years, at 15, I started yoga with some friends, discovering oriental philosophies which were the first thing I found that went along with my observations. I practiced breathings and mediations, later to be followed with exercise, which till that time I used to hate. But I adopted the thought of control your body control your soul; I needed a cause to start moving with intention.
At 16 I started going to the gym, at first for the girls. I used to be very short and skinny, but my body changed very quickly, and then right before 18, I found Capoeira. That was a real rescue for me, on a social level the community was very tribal, everyone was very communicative and I got to interact with people I had never interacted with before, a community that practice social inclusion, and is designed for it. That was my first encounter with a community of people that made sense for me, was a real therapy, and I have been very fortunate to be able to provide that to many generations of groups and peoples.
Another thing Capoeira gave me was a great chance to explore my body, ways of movement that are very organic, very natural ways for people to move, which also made more sense biomechanically than other forms of movement, that also gave me many tools to distill into my workout practice.
Then came gymnastics. I got to do some flips in Capoeira by 1994, 95. and in 97 I was going to school for sports in a facility in Israel where the Olympic teams train, I used to go watch the gymnastics team, and I got into good terms with their coaches. We ended up partnering to teach a class open for the public in that institution, which was very successful. I got to get a major start with the gymnastics field, to be later further explored with many elite gymnasts and coaches.
In my late teens and early twenties I was also heavily involved in searching, I got into studying and practicing various alternative medicine such as classical homeopathy, Chinese medicine and various forms of massage therapy, which I also became certified at and took many courses to increase that knowledge at various of the disciplines.
On another note I was a heavy user of marijuana, experimenting with my mind.
And then I was also looking into the study of nutrition, reading research and lots of material about the field, trying to maximize results from my hard practice in a natural and healthy way.
Over the years I tried many diets and food philosophies till I achieved the knowledge I could fully control my own weight and look the way I desire, which ever look that is.
While those fields mentioned are the ones that had the most impact on my development, I was also involved in many other fields of movement.
I was swimming for many years, I did running, I tried many martial arts, as well as tried my Capoeira skills against them on a friendly basis.
I took many dance classes, Classical Ballet for a few years, martial dance and contact improve, various Latin dances, some Feldenkraiz, and jazz dancing. At the top of my dancing career I had numerous stage performances with major Israeli artists, as well as being on TV for the beauty contest of 1997, escorting one of the models as a dancer.
Since Coming to the US I’ve been involved with stunt work as well as live shows, which I’ve been doing since my early days in Capoeira, and added various circus skills to my repertoire, such as hand to hand balancing, Parkour, Aerial (dancing and acrobatic moves on fabrics and other apparatuses which are hanging from the ceiling) and Equilibre (one hand balancing).
Since my early twenties I was eating lots of grains which I was dealing well with (macrobiotic diet).
In life there are corner-stones that tell you that you are on track for your fulfillment, I usually find those by trial and error.
In my early youth I did any activity under the sun, various instruments among others just to find the ones that stuck. Those were yoga and then Capoeira.
However recently I came across another ones of those, around 2007-2008 a childhood friend I had from Capoeira, that also did his own track of research around the same fields I did, introduced me to the Paleo Diet. Eating according to our genetics, ancestral diet, which is a whole field that made so much sense to the level that it really put an end the this lifetime research trying to understand what really happened to us, humans, on this planet, and how things came to be this way.
Together with that and some further research I was conducing, I also put together this system that encompasses all of the knowledge I had acquired, to prepare the body for strenuous activity and building strength, in a way that work with the body, and prepare the body to perform many skills, teaching individuals how to listen to their bodies and preventing injuries in an active way.
Basically taking the skills and expertise from the fields I worked with, and processing them in a way that would be easy for any individual to practice, needing no prior knowledge, and maximizing the results by understanding the Fundamentals Of Movement.
While I had been inspired by so many individuals throughout my life, I can't take the time on this blog to thank all who sure deserve it. I would really like to take this opportunity to thank some of the people that took a major part of my formation:
First is my older brother Itzhak Solsky who always shared my life perception, and desire to benefit mankind.
My Dad, Ze'ev Solsky who always have been a great inspiration with his strong character, man of values that know how to navigate through
life and get the best out of it. Around this man everything always fall in order, I am so lucky for his example and wish to one day reach his magnitude.
My high school friends Kobi Hanoked and Amir Armoza which introduced me to Yoga, followed by Erin that took that knowledge further.
My Capoeira Master that initiated me to Capoeira, Daniel Sela, without him I would not have been attracted to this art, he was the first to reaffirm many of my believes.
Mestre Marcelo Perreira and Mestre Espirro Mirim who inspired me forming my Capoeira style.
Dianna Farr, who always inspire me with the most thoughtful advice and insight into life and people as well as her deep knowledge of Naturopathy.
And last but not least my Friend Ido Portal who has been there with me through everything I’ve been through with my journey. He helped me discover Paleo diet and formulate FOM, shared knowledge of various movement arts and contributed a lot to my knowledge of Capoeira in particular. Ido has been a more technical inspiration than I can say and I highly recommend looking him up.
Thank you for reading this far. Now I would like to know your story and how did you come this way, I would love to know what I can learn from you.