Here are some examples of the different workshops and topics  I teach, as well as the approximate amount of time they take to complete.  

The main idea of my teaching is to provide participants with enough information and knowledge to have an idea how to approach these skills on their own.  

Going beyond that, it's not the skills that are the most important.  What I focus on is the new awareness working on the skills can bring to the connection we have with our own bodies.  

 

 

HANDSTAND WORKSHOPS:

Beginner Hand Balance:
Learn the very basics of developing a hand balance practice from the beginning.  
This workshop covers physical and psychological preparation for building up to a handstand.  
We will focus on important topics like building a stable arm support and getting comfortable with inversion with some lead up drills to handstand.  
The goal of this workshop is to get comfortable holding a handstand against the wall, in chest and back to wall positions.  
Approximate Length:  2 hours

Theory of Balance:
This is for participants who are comfortable with the handstand against the wall.  
The focus will be on learning to improve handstand alignment and learning how to balance the handstand as opposed to just holding it.  
The goal is for participants to better understand the process of taking the handstand off the wall and into free space.  
Additional topics covered will be ways to spot to allow the partner to balance, how to safely bail out of a handstand that is falling, and how to enter a handstand with control.
Approximate Length: 2.5 hours

Intermediate Balancing Techniques:
This workshop goes a bit deeper into the theory of how to balance a handstand.  
It is geared for those who have some proficiency in freestanding handstands and want to learn ways to make it more solid, consistent, and refined.  
We will cover methods on how to refine the handstand to conserve energy and allow it to feel like a resting position.  
Following this the focus will be learning how to isolate and integrate different parts of the body for greater degree of control in the balance.  
The topics covered here make an excellent preparation for advanced skills like press handstands, freestanding handstand pushups, and planche. 
Approximate Length: 2 hours

Press Handstands and Handstand Pushups:
Once a controlled balance is achieved, presses and HSPU are now possible.  
These feats take an incredible amount of skill and are amazing displays of body control.  
Learn how strength and flexibility can complement each other and where each come into play.  
One of the major focuses here will be common techniques seen that actually hinder progress in these skills.  
Learn progressions to build up to your press and HSPU, as well as ways to use a partner or wall assist in a way that still mimics the final movement without allowing the partner to cheat.  
Approximate Length: 2 hours

Steps and Preparations Toward One Arm Balance:
One arm handstand is one of the most impressive feats of strength, balance, and body control.  
It is an incredibly complex skill and the process behind learning it takes immense patience and dedication.  
This is where tiny errors in the basic foundation can have massive consequences in learning the skill.  
In this workshop, we are going to delve into the process toward learning a one arm handstand.
It begins with basic coordination and body awareness in the two arm balance, followed by techinuqes to build awareness in the sideways plane.
Following that, we will work different concepts involved in a shift from two arms to one, as well as ways to build the feeling of balancing on one arm.  
The goal is for participants to get a grasp of the process of learning a one arm handstand, as well as to understand some of their own strengths and shortcomings in the matter.  
Approximate Length: 3 hours

Strength, Conditioning and Locomotion:
This workshop is more about seeing handstands through a strength and conditioning perspective rather than technique development.  
We will go over pushing mechanics and how they apply to the skill work, as well as ways to build more strength for handstand related skills and other movements.  
This workshop will also cover locomotion and movement based handstand skills as opposed to the static work taught in the majority of the other workshops.  
Approximate Length: 90 minutes

Straight Handstands for Contortionists:
It can be very difficult to learn the straight handstand from those who come from a contortion background.  The two styles of balance differ greatly, but it is quite an incredible feat to attain mastery of both techniques.  
This workshop will focus on drills to get hyper-mobile individuals more comfortable with holding the straight body position as well as balancing in it.  Following that we will go dee[er into the technique and mindset of switching back and forth between the two different styles of handstands.  
Approximate Length: 90 Minutes

Handstand Fundamentals Course:
This is a full day workshop which goes over in great detail the entire process of achieving and developing a freestanding handstand.  
Perfect for all levels, it gives beginners the knowledge they need to begin and develop their practice while advanced participants learn how to refine their basics and teach the skills.  
The topics covered here will be:
Warmup and Joint Preparation
Development of Handstand Alignment
Concepts Behind Arm Support
Building Comfort in Inversion
The Physical and Psychological Approach behind achieving a freestanding handstand
The 3 tiers of Balance to learn how to save a falling handstand and find control in any alignment.  
Approximate Length:  6 hours


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STRENGTH, HANGING, AND CIRCUS ARTS

Hanging and Pulling:
This workshop will take participants through the mechanics and variations of hanging, both from their arms and other body parts.  Hanging can be therapeutic for handstand practitioners and is an artform on its own.  
This workshop will go through different variations of suspension and how to transition between them.  
Following that, we will focus on strength movements such as pullups, pullovers, levers, and meathook progressions to build a versatile skillset in pulling/hanging. This will also help to build technique and pain tolerance for learning skills on circus apparatus like lyra, silks, corde lisse, trapeze, and straps.  
Minimum equipment required: Bars
Approximate Length: 2.5 hours

Rope Climb Development:
A rope climb with no legs is a standard benchmark of bodyweight strength, as well as a common strength test in most circus auditions.  
This workshop will focus on ways to build up to build up to this feat, physically, technically, and psychologically.  
Learn leg locks for safety, technique to climb while conserving energy, and ways to build the strength and timing to climb with no legs.  
Included for advanced participants will be more challenging rope climb variations to test their abilities.  
Equipment Required: Ropes
Approximate Length: 1.5 hours

Ring Training:
Rings are a unique and versatile tool when it comes to training the upper body.  
Learn the basics of hanging work such as pullup and lever variations, as well as how to use hanging to improve shoulder flexibility.  
Following that we will go into the concepts of supported work and how to develop a strict muscle-up.  
Depending on the level of the participants, possibilities also include ring handstands and other more advanced skills.  
Equipment Required: Rings
Approximate Length: 1.5 Hours


FLOOR WORK:

Beginner Tumbling and Floor Acrobatics:
Tumbling is a fantastic way to build more power, control, and awareness of your own body.  In addition, it's a great way to meet and overcome common fears many adults develop.  
This workshop will cover the physical preparation to withstand the forces involved and the psychological preparation to learning tumbling skills, along with some fundamental skill work.  
Beginner skill work will include concepts behind jumping and landing, falling and transferring momentum.  In addition, we will cover rolling, handstand, and cartwheel variations.  
Equipment Required: Matted Floor
Approximate Length: 2 hours

Intermediate/advanced Tumbling and Floor Acrobatics:
This workshop is for attendees already familiar with some of the basic tumbling movements.  
The focus here is now to build power and transfer energy and momentum throughout the body.  
We will discuss ways to gain power and speed as well as some of the technical differences behind gymnastics technique and "street" technique where the skills are commonly learned on a hard surface.  
Depending on the level of the participants we can go into some capoeira and martial arts tricking movements or standard gymnastics saltos like tucks and handsprings.  
Equipment Required: Matted Floor
Approximate Length: 2 hours

Capoeira Style Acobatics and Floor Work:
The Brazilian martial art of Capoeira has a very unique and sophisticated system of acrobatics and floor work.  
Practitioners are able to seemlessly transition from standing to airbourne or low to the ground. 
This is all accomplished without taking their eyes off the opponent and only allowing the hands, feet, and head to touch the floor. 
Along with this, each movement can function as an attack, escape, or defense. The floreio skills commonly seen in today's movement training are based off this art form.  
Now capoeira is an art that takes many years to excel at.  The purpose of this workshop is to introduce people to the capoeira style of movement.  
This will include some fundamental movements and transitions in standing, inverted, and grounded positions.  Every movement has a purpose, and this is a unique way to move across the floor.  
Approximate Length: 90 minutes

Capoeira Style Movement Adaptation and Partner Games:
Even though solo capoeira movement is beneficial in itself, the real worth is in the partner games.  
A game of capoeira is like a conversation between two people; at higher levels it can even be compared to a game of chess.  In a game of capoeira, the movements must be performed with a unknown variable: the other person.  
Because of this, each move must be weighed, considered, performed and modified in real time.  
Again, capoeira takes a lifetime to master.  The purpose of this workshop is to learn some concepts and reactions to be able to move this way with another person.  
We will go over some fundamental attacks, escapes, and counters to be able to connect into a two person flow.  
Approximate Length: 90 Minutes
 

 


OTHER WORKSHOPS:

Shoulder Therapy and Rehab:
This workshop focuses on some of the techniques I have learned over the years to keep the shoulders healthy through high volume and intensity upper body training.  
We will go through a series of soft tissue release, traction with bands, and several other stretching and strengthening exercises to keep the shoulders pain free and functioning optimally.  
Equipment preferred: Single Loop Flexbands
Approximate Length: 1.5 hours

 

Flexibility Development:
While I cover many flexibility elements in my other workshops, the acquisition of the flexibility required for any of the skills I teach is not the main focus.  
This workshop will focus on the acquisition of flexibility for both relaxation purposes, and for the intention of being able to access that flexibility during skill work.  
The lesson is personalized to the group and will cover different aspects and concepts of flexibility development, acquired from many of my own experiences as well as techniques I learned from Kit Laughlin(Stretch Therapy).  
Approximate Length: 3 hours