Melbourne, VIC
Nov
23
to Nov 24

Melbourne, VIC

Weekend Course in Melbourne on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills.
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other.
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints.
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion.

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group.
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice.
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness.

Cost
$375 for registration before October 15
$450 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendee

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Acrobatic Awareness Workshop in Melbourne
Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

Acrobatic Awareness Workshop in Melbourne

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Movement workshop with a focus on acrobatics.
The idea is to expose participants to learning new movements and refining ones they can already do. I offer different perspectives to allow for a deeper understanding of the moves.
Ultimately the goal of the workshop is to use the pursuit of acrobatic skills as a vehicle for developing greater body control and awareness.

This workshop will take participants through a wide variety of floor movement exercises with a focus on acrobatics.
The content will draw upon inspiration from different styles such as gymnastics, dance, capoeira, and martial arts in order to create an interesting movement vocabulary.

All levels of ability are welcome.

Topics of instruction include:
-Physical Preparation to warm up the body and help prevent injury
-Basic coordination necessary for learning acrobatic movements
-How to reduce impact when jumping and landing
-Learning to become comfortable with falling
-Basics of acrobatics: handstands, rolls, and cartwheels
-Floorwork and other moves depending on the level and desires of the group
-Partner work to add an element of unpredictability.

Cost:
$90 USD for registration before October 26
$110 USD Regular price

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Brisbane, QLD
Nov
30
to Dec 1

Brisbane, QLD

Weekend Course in Brisbane on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.

This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.

Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.


The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.


Saturday


10-1

Basic Hand Balance

Topics covered:

-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity

-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it

-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position

-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.

-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.

-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.

-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.

-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.

-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.

-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand


3-6

Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics

This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills.

This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.

We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other.

The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints.

We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion.


Sunday


10-1

Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance

This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group.

Possible topics include:

-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.

-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries

-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.

-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.

-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.

-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance

-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping

-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press

-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups

-Planche development progressions and concepts

-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback

-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get


3-6

Floor Acrobatics

This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice.

Topics Covered:

-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice

-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness

-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.

-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements

-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations

-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking

-Performing movements in sequence and combination.




The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.

I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness.


Cost

$375 for registration before October 23

$450 regular price

Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Canberra, ACT
Dec
7
to Dec 8

Canberra, ACT

Weekend Course in Canberra on hand balance, acrobatics, bodyweight strength and flexibility development.

This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.

Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.



The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.



Saturday



10-1

Basic Hand Balance

Topics covered:

-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity

-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it

-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position

-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.

-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.

-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.

-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.

-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.

-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.

-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand



3-6

Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics

This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills.

This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.

We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other.

The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints.

We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion.



Sunday



10-1

Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance

This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group.

Possible topics include:

-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.

-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries

-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.

-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.

-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.

-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance

-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping

-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press

-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups

-Planche development progressions and concepts

-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback

-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get



3-6

Floor Acrobatics

This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice.

Topics Covered:

-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice

-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness

-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.

-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements

-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations

-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking

-Performing movements in sequence and combination.







The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.

I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness.



Cost

$375 USD for registration before November 1

$450 USD regular price

Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Dec
14
to Dec 15

Sydney, NSW

Handstands and Acrobatics Workshops in Sydney, NSW
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
The event will be divided into two separate levels of ability, but students are welcome to attend the the whole weekend for a more complete experience.

There are no prerequisites for Saturday’s workshops and they are open to all levels of ability.
Sunday’s sessions are welcome to all levels, but students will get more practical benefit if they meet some basic prerequisites.
Morning session, a 30 seconds freestanding handstand is recommended, or at least familiarity with freestanding balance.
Afternoon session, I recommend students to be familiar with some basic rolls and cartwheels.

This course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between.

Saturday: Beginner Handstands, Acrobatics, and Flexibility

10-1, Beginner Handstands:
Saturday Morning will be a beginner Handstand focused workshop, so it will focus more on the process of how to learn the freestanding handstand as well as its variations. This workshop may also be interesting for teachers to learn new methods on handstand instruction.

Topics include:

  • Physical preparation for handstands to keep the joints healthy and prevent injury

  • Exercises to build comfort and awareness with arm support and inversion

  • Wall handstands performed in a way that encourages independence

  • Learning to safely fall out of a handstand to overcome fear

  • Developing the sensation of what it feels like to balance your handstand

  • Consistent handstand entries

  • Progressing towards freestanding handstand

  • How to spot in a way to help develop balance

  • Ways to further develop strength, versatility, and control in the handstand

3-6, Beginner Acrobatics and Flexibility
The content will draw upon inspiration from different styles such as gymnastics, dance, capoeira, and martial arts in order to create an interesting movement vocabulary. All levels of ability are welcome.

Topics include:

  • Physical Preparation to warm up the body and help prevent injury

  • Basic coordination necessary for learning acrobatic movements

  • How to reduce impact when jumping and landing

  • Learning to become comfortable with falling

  • Basics of acrobatics: handstands, rolls, and cartwheels

  • Floorwork and other moves depending on the level and desires of the group. This topic has many possibilities, so I leave it open to see what will work better for the group.

  • Flexibility work that complements the handstands and acrobatics. Possibilities include dynamic kicks, splits, straddle, shoulders, bridge, etc.


Sunday, Intermediate/Advanced Handstands and Acrobatics

10-1, Int/Adv Handstands
This workshop is better suited for students who are already able to hold a freestanding handstand on their own. We will focus on refining the basics as well as learning how to approach new skills.
Class content depends on the level and desires of the group but potential topics include:

  • High level refinement of the basics

  • How to develop more control in the balance

  • How to add movement to the handstand

  • Different ways to enter and exit the handstand

  • Press Handstands

  • Handstand Push-ups

  • One Arm handstands

  • Other advanced work upon request

3-6, Intermediate/Advanced Acrobatics
The content will draw upon inspiration from different styles such as gymnastics, dance, capoeira, and martial arts in order to create an interesting movement vocabulary. All levels of ability are welcome but recommended to be familiar with rolls and cartwheels.

Topics include:

  • Physical Preparation to warm up the body and help prevent injury

  • Basic coordination necessary for learning acrobatic movements

  • How to reduce impact when jumping and landing

  • Learning to become comfortable with falling

  • Basics of acrobatics: handstands, rolls, and cartwheels variations

  • Floorwork and other moves depending on the level and desires of the group. This topic has many possibilities, so I leave it open to see what will work better for the group.

  • Partner work to add an element of unpredictability.

*Note that actual content of the workshops are open and dependent on the level and desires of the group.

Cost

One Day:
$190 USD for Registration before November 7
$230 USD Regular Price

Both Days:
$375 USD for registration before November 7
$450 USD regular price

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5-Day Intensive in Las Vegas
Jan
8
to Jan 12

5-Day Intensive in Las Vegas

Take your practice to a deeper level with this long format intensive on hand balance, acrobatics, and general movement.

Admission to this event includes 5 full days of training and instruction in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Schedule will be announced as we get closer to the date, but training days will consist of either one long session, or two sessions separated by a lunch break.
This event is limited to a maximum of 10 people to ensure that students can get lots of personal feedback and attention.
In addition to the training, participants also receive tickets to a cirque show on the strip for one of the evenings.

Who is it for?
Anyone wishing to improve their handstands, learn new skills, and gain increased body control and awareness.

Are there any prerequisites?
This event is open to students of all levels, however due to the high volume of daily training, it is better suited for intermediate or advanced level practitioners who wish to take their practice further.

What information will be covered?
I can’t say in advance because it really depends on the group, but we will cover a wide assortment of skills and concepts related to handstands, acrobatics, and bodyweight strength moves. In addition we will spend a lot of time on physical preparation as well as developing the attributes required to attain the desired skills.

Cost:
$900 USD
First 5 people to register get a $100 discount
Discounts also available for previous seminar attendees, contact me directly for more information

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New York City
Feb
15
to Feb 16

New York City

The weekend will be divided up into 4 three hour workshops .

Saturday

Workshop #1 9am-12pm
Beginner Hand Balance

Prerequisites: none
This class is geared for practitioners who are relatively new to the art of hand balance, or those who want more ideas on how to further refine their basics to lead up to more advanced skills. Advanced practitioners may also find the class useful as far as learning different techniques for teaching the basics.
This workshop will cover physical preparation for handstand training, basic concepts and drills leading up to the handstand, how to overcome restrictions(physical and psychological) that hold people back, and finally how to train for the freestanding handstand.
Topics covered will be:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

Workshop #2 2-5pm

Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics

Prerequisites: none
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills.
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other.

The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints.
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion.

Sunday

Workshop #3 9am-12pm

Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
Prerequisites: at least 10 seconds consistent freestanding handstand with decent form, 30 seconds recommended
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group.
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

Workshop #4 2-5pm

Floor Acrobatics
Prerequisites: none. Recommended: be able to cartwheel
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice.
Before any skill work the class will first go over how to properly and safely jump, land, and fall on different surfaces(an invaluable ability for anyone, acrobat or not). Once the preparation work has been completed, we will explore skill development from two main perspectives: classic gymnastics/tumbling and tricking/capoeira/street acrobatics.

The two perspectives differ greatly but can complement each other quite well once they have been developed.

The important thing in this art is to be aware of the details. It is very easy in the beginning to build bad habits that set you back for later progressions. This is why it is important to learn solid basics from the beginning.


The idea is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend, these are skills that take years to understand. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness.


Tuition:
Single Session
100 Before December 15th,
125 Before January 15th,
150 After January 15th


Full Day
175 Before December 15th,
200 Before January 15th,
225 After January 15th

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Cleveland, Ohio
Sep
7
2:00 PM14:00

Cleveland, Ohio


Inversion Investigation with Yuri Marmerstein


This will be a three hour workshop focusing on various handstand and arm balancing techniques. This class is open level so anyone is welcome to attend regardless of ability level.

Because it is an open class, the content is fluid and ultimately will be decided by the level and desires of the group.
Potential topics to cover:
-Physical preparation; how to take care of the wrists and shoulders for hand balancing.
-Lower body flexibility in regards to hand balancing.
-Low-to-the ground arm balances.
-Approaching hand balancing as a beginner, how to use the wall to build strength and confidence.
-How to bail safely: getting over the fear of inversion.
-Building consistency in the entry to handstand.
-Learning how to balance to take the handstand in the middle of the room.
-Spotting a handstand in a way that encourages independent balance

Intermediate/advanced topics:
-Dynamic handstand: movement during a static balance.
-Common variations in handstand positioning.
-How to save the balance to avoid falling.
-Press handstand development
-Handstand pushups
-One arm balance

In addition Yuri will be around to answer any questions people might have about hand balancing.

Cost:
$80 Before August 15
$95 after August 15

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Long Island, NY
Aug
31
to Sep 2

Long Island, NY

Beginner Handstands - Saturday, 8/31
Intermediate/advanced Handstands - Sunday, 9/1
Acrobatics/Movement - Monday, 9/2

August 31st - Beginner Handstands
Saturday Afternoon will be a beginner focused workshop, so it will focus more on the process of how to learn the freestanding handstand as well as its variations. This workshop may also be interesting for teachers to learn new methods on handstand instruction.

Topics include:

  • Physical preparation for handstands to keep the joints healthy and prevent injury

  • Exercises to build comfort and awareness with arm support and inversion

  • Wall handstands performed in a way that encourages independence

  • Learning to safely fall out of a handstand to overcome fear

  • Developing the sensation of what it feels like to balance your handstand

  • Consistent handstand entries

  • Progressing towards freestanding handstand

  • How to spot in a way to help develop balance

  • Ways to further develop strength, versatility, and control in the handstand


September 1st - Intermediate/Advanced Handstands
Sunday will be more focused on intermediate/advanced levels, so this workshop is better suited for students who are already able to hold a freestanding handstand on their own. We will focus on refining the basics as well as learning how to approach new skills.


Class content depends on the level and desires of the group but potential topics include:

  • High level refinement of the basics

  • How to develop more control in the balance

  • How to add movement to the handstand

  • Different ways to enter and exit the handstand

  • Press Handstands

  • Handstand Push-ups

  • One Arm handstands

  • Other advanced work upon request


September 2nd - Acrobatics/Movement

This workshop will take participants through different ways of moving on a hard floor. We will be focusing on performing movements in a way that reduces impact on the body. The content will draw upon inspiration from different styles such as gymnastics, dance, capoeira, and martial arts in order to create an interesting movement vocabulary. All levels of ability are welcome.

Topics include:

  • Physical Preparation to warm up the body and help prevent injury

  • Basic coordination necessary for learning acrobatic movements

  • How to reduce impact when jumping and landing

  • Learning to become comfortable with falling

  • Basics of acrobatics: handstands, rolls, and cartwheels

  • Floorwork and other moves depending on the level and desires of the group. This topic has many possibilities, so I leave it open to see what will work better for the group.

  • Partner work to add an element of unpredictability.

*Note that actual content of the workshops are open and dependent on the level and desires of the group.

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San Diego, CA
Aug
17
to Aug 18

San Diego, CA

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Weekend Course in San Diego on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills.
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other.
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints.
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion.

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group.
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice.
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness.

Cost
$325 for registration before July 10
$400 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Costa Mesa, CA
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Costa Mesa, CA

Weekend Workshops on Hand Balancing and Acrobatics happening in Costa Mesa

Each Day’s sessions will go from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM with a short break in between.

Sessions will be divided between hand balancing and acrobatics/dynamic movement. There is no skill requirement and people of all backgrounds and ability levels are encouraged to attend.

Saturday
10-2
Beginner Hand Balance and Acrobatics
The Hand Balance portion will focus on the concepts necessary towards building control in a freestanding handstand. We will go into physical preparation, structural support, how to fall safely, how to develop the sensation of balance, entries into handstand, and how to spot in order to obtain the freestanding handstand.
The acrobatics portion will focus on some of the introductory elements necessary for developing an acrobatics practice as an adult, as well as building a greater sense of body awareness.
We will cover: warmup and physical preparation, jumping and landing, how to fall safely, orientation, rolls, cartwheels, and other floor movement, introductory acro skills.

Sunday 10-2
Intermediate Hand Balance and Acrobatics
The content for this day is geared more for those with previous experience, though all levels are still welcome to attend. That being said, you will get more practical benefit if you already have some proficiency in freestanding handstands and cartwheels.
The handstand portion of the workshop will focus on building more consistency and efficiency in balance, dynamic handstands, press handstands, handstand pushups, and potentially one arm handstand progressions.
The acrobatics portion will focus more on skill progressions and combinations of different movements. The specific content will depend on the group, but I like to incorporate movements from gymnastics, capoeira, tricking, martial arts, and contemporary dance.

All levels are welcome at the event, and students are encouraged to sign up for both days in order to get the full experience.
This is not a set or rehearsed workshop so the actual content will depend on the abilities and desires of the group.

Cost:
$250, $225 before June 20 for both days
$150, $125 before June 20 for a single day

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Acrobatic Awareness in Los Angeles
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Acrobatic Awareness in Los Angeles

  • 412 S. Palm ave, unit F Alhambra, CA 91803 (map)
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Movement workshop with a focus on low impact acrobatics happening in the Los Angeles Area

This workshop will take participants through different ways of moving on a hard floor. We will be focusing on performing movements in a way that reduces impact on the body.
The content will draw upon inspiration from different styles such as gymnastics, dance, capoeira, and martial arts in order to create an interesting movement vocabulary.

All levels of ability are welcome.

Topics of instruction include:
-Physical Preparation to warm up the body and help prevent injury
-Basic coordination necessary for learning acrobatic movements
-How to reduce impact when jumping and landing
-Learning to become comfortable with falling
-Basics of acrobatics: handstands, rolls, and cartwheels
-Floorwork and other moves depending on the level and desires of the group
-Partner work to add an element of unpredictability.

Cost: $70
Spots are limited! First come first serve.

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Jul
6
to Jul 7

Claremorris, Ireland

Inversion Investigation

Handstand workshops coming to Claremorris, Ireland, taught by Yuri Marmerstein on July 6-7.

There will be two separate workshops, one Saturday and one Sunday. Students are welcome to attend whichever workshop is more appropriate to their level or both for the full experience.


Saturday 10-1, Beginner Level

Saturday Afternoon will be a beginner focused workshop, so it will focus more on the process of how to learn the freestanding handstand as well as variations. This workshop may also be interesting for teachers to learn new methods on handstand instruction.
Topics include:
Physical preparation for handstands to keep the joints healthy and prevent injury
Exercises to build comfort and awareness with arm support and inversion
Wall handstands performed in a way that encourages independence
Learning to safely fall out of a handstand to overcome fear
Developing the sensation of what it feels like to balance your handstand
Consistent handstand entries
Progressing towards freestanding handstand
How to spot in a way to help develop balance
Ways to further develop strength, versatility, and control in the handstand


Sunday 10-1, Intermediate/Advanced Level
Sunday will be more focused on intermediate/advanced levels, so this workshop is better suited for students who are already able to hold a freestanding handstand on their own.
The class content depends on the level and desires of the group but potential topics include:
High level refinement of the basics
How to develop more control in the balance
How to add movement to the handstand
Different ways to enter and exit the handstand
Press Handstands
Handstand Pushups
One Arm handstands
Other advanced work upon request




Cost:
100€ per workshop
190€ for both classes

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Cork, Ireland
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Cork, Ireland

Weekend Course in Cork on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

2-5
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills.
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other.
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints.
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion.

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group.
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

2-5
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice.
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness.

Cost
$345 for registration before May 10
$425 regular price
One Day Price: $190/$225
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees



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Bilbao, Spain
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Bilbao, Spain

  • Irie Pilates y entrenamiento funcional (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekend Course in Bilbao on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills.
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other.
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints.
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion.

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group.
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice.
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness.

Cost
$345 for registration before May 10
$425 regular price
One Day Price: $190/$225
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees


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Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend Movement Immersion
May
25
to May 27

Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend Movement Immersion

This is a 3-Day immersion into various movement arts taking place in Las Vegas, one of the circus and entertainment capitols of the world.
The event will include 3 full 6-hour days of training and instruction in different disciplines from myself and guest instructors who are experts in their fields.
In addition, the price of the event includes attendance to a cirque show on the strip to see some of the best in the world perform.

I have hosted this event for the past several years now and the attendees have greatly enjoyed it. This is a very good excuse to visit Las Vegas for a “traincation”.

The final schedule of the event including guest instructors and shows is TBD and will be put together as we get closer to the date. That’s because it depends on many factors including number of signups, space rental, and coordinating instructor’s schedules.

Here are some of the topics we have covered in the past and what may potentially be taught this year:
Hand Balancing
Floor Acrobatics
Capoeira
Trampoline
Tumbling
Contemporary Dance
African Dance
Aerial Straps
Bodyweight Strength Training
Flexibility Development

As I have had these questions in the past, the price includes the full three days of training and one show ticket(usually for Sunday night). Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, food, and transport.


Price:
$475 Before April 17
$550 After April 17
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Brno, Czech Republic
May
4
to May 5

Brno, Czech Republic

Weekend Course in Brno includes two full days of training and instruction. Each day will consist of two 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. 

Topics of instruction include:
Hand Balancing for all levels, bodyweight strength, floor acrobatics, "movement", rehab/prehab and physical preparation, flexibility/mobility, and recovery work. 

The subjects will be taught from different perspectives from complete beginner to a professional level. More important than that is that the concept of how to learn and teach the skills as an adult, which will be covered in great detail. 

Basic schedule for the weekend:

Saturday: Beginner and Intermediate Hand Balance
-Physical preparation for the training
-Alignment Work
-Arm Support
-Inversion
-Dealing with fear and stress when learning the handstand
-Progressions towards balancing a freestanding handstand
-Learning to use the three layers of balance to build strength, control, and lead into more advanced skills
*Useful for all levels. Beginners get an idea of how to approach the training, while int/adv students learn higher levels of refinement and different perspectives. Part of the curriculum is also how to effectively teach the material. 

Sunday: Int/Adv Hand Balance, Recovery, and floor acrobatics
-Soft tissue release, mobility work, and other tricks to stay healthy and increase longevity in training
-Progressions towards more advanced hand balance skills like the press handstand, handstand pushups, movement and transitions within HS, and the one arm handstand
-Physical and Psychological preparation for floor acrobatics
-The differences between learning tumbling skills as an adult or a child
-The differences between gymnastics, tricking, capoeira and other styles of floor based movement
-How refinement of basics leads towards advanced skills
-Progressions for basic floor acrobatic skills such as butterfly kick, macaco, back tuck or handspring(may be dependent on the equipment available and level of the group)


About the event:
-The format is very open and the schedule is more of a loose outline. Curriculum of a course is unique to that course and is dependent on the level of the participants, what they want to learn, and the equipment we have available. 
-All levels and backgrounds welcome. This is a unique learning experience that can be applied to different perspectives. 
-The main idea behind the material is to use acrobatic movements as a tool to help develop increased body control and self-awareness. 
-The 2-day course is a way to really get into the finer details of the skills that cannot be expressed fully in a short class or workshop. 

Price:
$415 USD for the weekend
$340 USD for registration before March 20
Discounts available for anyone who has previously attended one of my weekend courses(email me at yuri.marmer@gmail.com for the discount code)

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Vienna, Austria
May
1
10:00 AM10:00

Vienna, Austria

Full day workshop in Vienna, Austria will cover handstands, acrobatics, and flexibility techniques.

The day will be split up into two sessions with the morning being focused on handstands and the afternoon covering acrobatics and flexibility work. In between the sessions will be a 2-hour break for lunch.

Below are the general descriptions for topics we will cover in the sessions. Keep in mind that the content of the workshop is open and will depend on the abilities and desires of the group as well as the equipment we have access to.

Morning session:
-Preparation of shoulders and wrists for handstand training
-How to develop and refine the handstand alignment
-Developing the precise awareness and reaction necessary for balancing a handstand
-Training the entry to handstand in a way that enhances precision and consistency
-Partner spotting in a way that works on building independence
-Progressions towards the Press to handstand
-Plus potentially more advanced topics such as one arm handstand, handstand pushups, etc.

Afternoon session
-Physical preparation for acrobatics work to tune the body coordination and help with injury prevention
-Jumping and landing technique and concepts
-Breakfall concepts to learn how to dissipate momentum and prevent potential catastrophe
-Technique behind some basic floor moves from gymnastics, capoeira, tricking, and dance(specific content will depend on the group and facility)
-Concepts behind combining movements to create “flow”
-Finishing with flexibility work, concepts on general attribute development and progressions for specific positions such as splits, pancake, pike, and bridge


Cost
Full Day: $175 before April 15, $200 regular price
Half Day:$90 before April 15, $105 regular price

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Sofia, Bulgaria
Apr
27
to Apr 28

Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Motivity adult gymnastics (map)
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Weekend Course in Sofia on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday 

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 

Cost
$340 for registration before March 15
$415 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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New York City
Apr
13
to Apr 14

New York City

Join us at Warrior Bridge in Lower Manhattan as we welcome renoowned acrobat Yuri Marmerstein for a weekend of handbalancing and acrobatics.

The weekend will be divided up into 4 three hour workshops .

Saturday

Workshop #1 9am-12pm
Beginner Hand Balance

Prerequisites: none
This class is geared for practitioners who are relatively new to the art of hand balance, or those who want more ideas on how to further refine their basics to lead up to more advanced skills. Advanced practitioners may also find the class useful as far as learning different techniques for teaching the basics.
This workshop will cover physical preparation for handstand training, basic concepts and drills leading up to the handstand, how to overcome restrictions(physical and psychological) that hold people back, and finally how to train for the freestanding handstand.
Topics covered will be:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

Workshop #2 2-5pm

Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics

Prerequisites: none
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills.
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other.

The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints.
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion.

Sunday

Workshop #3 9am-12pm

Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
Prerequisites: at least 10 seconds consistent freestanding handstand with decent form, 30 seconds recommended
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group.
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

Workshop #4 2-5pm

Floor Acrobatics
Prerequisites: none. Recommended: be able to cartwheel
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice.
Before any skill work the class will first go over how to properly and safely jump, land, and fall on different surfaces(an invaluable ability for anyone, acrobat or not). Once the preparation work has been completed, we will explore skill development from two main perspectives: classic gymnastics/tumbling and tricking/capoeira/street acrobatics.

The two perspectives differ greatly but can complement each other quite well once they have been developed.

The important thing in this art is to be aware of the details. It is very easy in the beginning to build bad habits that set you back for later progressions. This is why it is important to learn solid basics from the beginning.


The idea is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend, these are skills that take years to understand. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness.


Tuition:
Single Session
100 Before March 1st,
125 Before April 1st,
150 After April 1st


Full Day
175 Before March 1st,
200 Before April 1st,
225 After April 1st


Full Weekend
300 Before March 1st,
350 Before April 1st,
400 After April 1st

Sign up HERE:
http://www.warriorbridge.com/

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Nosara, Costa Rica
Mar
23
to Mar 30

Nosara, Costa Rica

A full week event in Costa Rica. You can call it a retreat, journey, immersion, internship, intensive, etc. I don't have a name for it but I am really looking forward to this one.

Not only do we have an epic location, but also enough time to really dive deep into the material. Normally I do weekend courses, where I give a lot of information and energy in a very short time. Having a full week allows us to explore a variety of topics with a more relaxed pace; and still have plenty of time to recharge and recover.

I don't have the schedule for this event set yet, but the general plan is to do two training sessions/classes per day on most days, and also have options for group activities such as bonfire on the beach, jungle exploration, etc.
All levels are welcome to join this event.

Classes will be separated into 3 categories:

-Inversion Investigation. Handstand focused.  All things hand balance for all levels from beginner all the way through to those working their one-arm handstands.
-Acrobatic Awareness. Movement focused classes. The idea is to work different ways of interfacing with the floor as well as challenging gravity and dealing with chaotic conditions. Content draws inspiration from gymnastics, capoeira, dance, martial arts, etc.
Also hoping to include a couple tumbling sessions on the beach as part of this.
-Physical Philosophy. These classes are more focused on building physical attributes as well as learning different methods to recover from training. We will go into topics like strength, flexibility, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, self massage, recovery, etc.

The price includes room and board, as well as transportation. The only thing you need to worry about is getting to Costa Rica.

To sign up, visit this link: https://www.tribewirenosara.com/yuri-marmerstein-journey

Please contact Tribewire Nosara with any further questions about the location, venue, or finances for the event.

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Wellington, NZ
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Wellington, NZ

Weekend Course in Wellington on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday 

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 

Cost
$375 for registration before December 22
$425 regular price
One day options available at a cost of $195/$225
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees(message me for details)

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Bali
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Bali

Weekend Course in Bali on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 

Cost
$375 for registration before December 15
$425 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Singapore
Jan
19
to Jan 20

Singapore

Weekend Course in Singapore on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 

Cost per Day
$350 for registration before December 10
$425 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Las Vegas, 5-Day Intensive
Jan
7
to Jan 11

Las Vegas, 5-Day Intensive

Second time doing the 5-Day intensive in Las Vegas after the success of the first one in January 2018

Each Day will include 4-5 hours of training and instruction so there will be time for relaxation as well.
Training will include:
Hand Balancing
Floor Movement/Acrobatics
Strength/Flexibility/Recovery work
Potential for classes from guest instructors in different topics

Actual event schedule will be determined once we have reached minimum signups and get closer to the dates.

Food and accommodation are not included with admission price.

This event is limited to a maximum of 10 people so there will be a lot of opportunity for individual feedback if desired.

One evening the group will go to see a cirque show on the strip for entertainment and motivation. Which show we see is TBD and will be decided as we get closer to the date.

Price:
$1000
10% discount to the first 5 signups, use code “FIRST5”
20% discount for anyone who has previously attended a 2-day or longer course with me(contact me for the code)

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Warstein, Germany
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Warstein, Germany

Weekend Course in Warstein on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 

Cost
$345 for registration before October 28
$420 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Madrid, Spain
Dec
1
to Dec 2

Madrid, Spain

Weekend Course in Madrid on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 

Cost
$345 for registration before October 20
$420 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

 

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Stockholm, Sweden
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Stockholm, Sweden

Weekend Course in Stockholm on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.
This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping learn acrobatic skills as an adult.
Please note that the topics listed below are only general guidelines. Each course that I teach is unique as the content is ultimately governed by the group and the type of facility we have available.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 

Cost
$345 for registration before September 14
$420 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Vilnius, Lithuania
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Vilnius, Lithuania

Weekend Course in Vilnius on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 

Cost
$340 for registration before October 8
$415 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Dublin, Ireland
Oct
13
to Oct 14

Dublin, Ireland

  • Wild Geese Martial Arts and Fitness (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekend Course in Dublin on hand balance, acrobatics, and flexibility development.

The course will run two days with each day consisting of 2 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between. This course is welcome to all levels of ability.

Saturday

10-1
Basic Hand Balance
Topics covered:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

3-6
Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 
The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

10-1
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
Floor Acrobatics
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Topics Covered:
-Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
-Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
-Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
-Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
-Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
-Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
-Performing movements in sequence and combination.



The intention is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend as these are skills that take years to understand and develop. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. After this, they can develop a better understanding of their own physical practice.
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 

Cost
$345 for registration before September 1
$420 regular price
Discounts available for previous seminar attendees

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Vancouver, BC
Sep
22
to Sep 23

Vancouver, BC

  • West Coast Strength and Movement (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Seminar on Hand Balance, strength, and flexibility happening in Vancouver.

Each day will include at least 6 hours or training and instruction. Days will be split into two 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between.
Morning sessions will be focused on hand balance skill work while afternoon sessions will be focused on developing things like flexibility, strength, and coordination without going too deep into the skills.

To get the full experience, I recommend students attend the whole weekend. However, options are also available to sign up for individual sessions.

Schedule and workshop topics:

Saturday, 10-1
Beginner Handstands
-Physical preparation of wrists and shoulders
-Lead-up drills and exercises to familiarize participants with concepts of arm support and inversion
-Developing handstand alignment to improve handstand technique and aesthetic value
-How to safely bail out of a handstand to minimize potential risk and ensure that fear is not a hindrance to the skill work
-Approaching the wall handstand in a way that encourages progression to freestanding
-Developing the sensation of balancing the handstand using the wall as assistance.
-Finding control and consistency in the kick/jump into freestanding handstand
-How to develop the freestanding handstand
-Tips on how to more effectively teach the skills to others for coaching/trainers

3-6
Strength and Flexibility Work
Ultimately the content of these sessions will be decided by the group, but here are some potential topics:
-Mobility work to keep the joints healthy and the body loose
-Soft tissue release to reduce accumulated tension throughout the body.
-Flexibility development for the following positions: front splits, pancake, pike, back bridge, full squat.
-How to build and maintain healthy shoulders.
-Using single loop rubber as a tool for mobility, injury prevention, rehab, and joint health.
-Hanging as a tool for building strength, flexibility, and shoulder health.
-Developing classic bodyweight strength moves like planche, levers, human flag, one leg squat, etc.
-Building strong, healthy, and resilient feet and ankles.
-Progressions using the gymnastics rings
-Progressions for rope climbs
-Plyometrics to lead into basic acrobatics
-Basic acrobatic work such as rolls and cartwheel variations.

Sunday, 10-1
Intermediate/advanced handstand
Prerequisites: at least 10 seconds consistent freestanding handstand with decent form, 30 seconds recommended
This class will focus on building past the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
See above description for potential topics of afternoon session.

Ultimately the workshop will be adapted to the level and desires of the group, so in every workshop is a bit different.
This event is open to people of all levels and backgrounds.

Price:
Full weekend: $325 before August 10, $400 full price
3 sessions: $260 before August 10, $310 full price
2 sessions: $175 before August 10, $210 full price
1 session: $90 before August 10, $105 full price
 

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Washington, DC
Sep
15
to Sep 16

Washington, DC

Seminar on Hand Balance, strength, and flexibility happening in Washington, DC.

Each day will include at least 6 hours or training and instruction. Days will be split into two 3-hour sessions with a 2-hour lunch break in between.
Morning sessions will be focused on hand balance skill work while afternoon sessions will be focused on developing things like flexibility, strength, and coordination without going too deep into the skills.

To get the full experience, I recommend students attend the whole weekend. However, options are also available to sign up for individual sessions.

Schedule and workshop topics:

Saturday, 10-1
Beginner Handstands
-Physical preparation of wrists and shoulders
-Lead-up drills and exercises to familiarize participants with concepts of arm support and inversion
-Developing handstand alignment to improve handstand technique and aesthetic value
-How to safely bail out of a handstand to minimize potential risk and ensure that fear is not a hindrance to the skill work
-Approaching the wall handstand in a way that encourages progression to freestanding
-Developing the sensation of balancing the handstand using the wall as assistance.
-Finding control and consistency in the kick/jump into freestanding handstand
-How to develop the freestanding handstand
-Tips on how to more effectively teach the skills to others for coaching/trainers

3-6
Strength and Flexibility Work
Ultimately the content of these sessions will be decided by the group, but here are some potential topics:
-Mobility work to keep the joints healthy and the body loose
-Soft tissue release to reduce accumulated tension throughout the body.
-Flexibility development for the following positions: front splits, pancake, pike, back bridge, full squat.
-How to build and maintain healthy shoulders.
-Using single loop rubber as a tool for mobility, injury prevention, rehab, and joint health.
-Hanging as a tool for building strength, flexibility, and shoulder health.
-Developing classic bodyweight strength moves like planche, levers, human flag, one leg squat, etc.
-Building strong, healthy, and resilient feet and ankles.
-Progressions using the gymnastics rings
-Progressions for rope climbs
-Plyometrics to lead into basic acrobatics
-Basic acrobatic work such as rolls and cartwheel variations.

Sunday, 10-1
Intermediate/advanced handstand
Prerequisites: at least 10 seconds consistent freestanding handstand with decent form, 30 seconds recommended
This class will focus on building past the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

3-6
See above description for potential topics of afternoon session.

Ultimately the workshop will be adapted to the level and desires of the group, so in every workshop is a bit different.

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Houston
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Houston

Hand Balance Seminar

Saturday
Morning: Beginner Hand Balance
Afternoon: Int/Adv Hand Balance

Sunday
Morning: Beginner Hand Balance
Afternoon: Int/Adv Hand Balance

Sessions are from 10-1 and 3-6

More information on the course material can be found here:

Price
Full Weekend:
$325 before July 1, regular price $400
Beginner or Ind/Adv session only:
$175 before July 1, regular price $215

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San Diego, Inversion Investigation
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

San Diego, Inversion Investigation

Inversion Investigation Workshops with Yuri Marmerstein

Learn new perspectives on how to approach, explore, and develop your handstand practice. The day will be split into a beginner and an intermediate/advanced session; though participants are welcome to attend both as well.

The beginner session will focus more on physical preparation, theory, and development of the basic techniques in order to get students more comfortable on their hands and create a good base for more advanced skills.
Prerequisites:none

Topics covered:
-Physical Preparation for wrists and shoulders
-Alignment for the handstand, and how to get around restrictions
-Arm support using the body’s physical structure to its advantage
-Building comfort and awareness during inversion
-How use the wall to build your HS without building bad habits for the future
-How to safely bail out of the handstand to increase confidence and help prevent potential injury
-Developing balance in the handstand using a deliberate and methodical method
-Entries into the handstand and how to make them consistent
-Developing confidence and consistency in the freestanding balance

Intermediate/advanced session is for students with experience and will focus more heavily on skill development at a faster pace.
Recommended prerequisites:
-Proficiency with freestanding balance; at least 15-30 seconds consistent freestanding handstand with a decent line. Not necessarily required but students will get more practical benefit from the sessions having met this.

Topics Covered:
-Refinement of basics to a high degree of precision
-Adding complexity to the basics to increase the challenge
-Testing the balance to sharpen the reflexes
-Common and uncommon handstand shapes and transitions between then
-Movement in a static handstand
-Technique for press handstand and stalder presses
-Handstand Pushups
-Hollowback or Mexican handstand development
-Jumping in a handstand
-Developing the one arm handstand(Very complex topic with many sub-topics of its own) 

Note: actual content of the workshops will vary and depends on the level and desires of the group. 

Price:
One session, $100
Full Day, $180

Sign up here:
http://aerialrevolution.com/events/workshops/

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Red Deer, Alberta
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Red Deer, Alberta

Day 1
Morning: Beginner hand balance
Afternoon: Beginner Floor Acrobatics plus flexibility

Day 2
Morning: Intermediate/advanced hand balance
Afternoon: Intermediate/advanced floor acrobatics

 

Price:
$325 USD with Registration before May 9
$400 USD With registration after May 9
Attended a previous 2-day or longer workshop? 25% off either price
Attended two or more? 50% discount off the price
 

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New York City
Jun
2
to Jun 3

New York City

The weekend will be divided up into 4 three hour workshops .

Saturday

Workshop #1 9am-12pm
Beginner Hand Balance

Prerequisites: none
This class is geared for practitioners who are relatively new to the art of hand balance, or those who want more ideas on how to further refine their basics to lead up to more advanced skills. Advanced practitioners may also find the class useful as far as learning different techniques for teaching the basics. 
This workshop will cover physical preparation for handstand training, basic concepts and drills leading up to the handstand, how to overcome restrictions(physical and psychological) that hold people back, and finally how to train for the freestanding handstand. 
Topics covered will be:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand. 
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance. 
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier. 
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand. 
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency. 
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence. 
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand

Workshop #2 2-5pm

Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics

Prerequisites: none
This is an area where many people are lacking. To not be able to express the appropriate range of motion can hinder people from learning or progressing in many acrobatic related skills. 
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
We will talk about the difference between several different expressions of flexibility: passive, resisted, active, dynamic, and ballistic, and how they can differ from but also complement each other. 

The practical portion of the class will be based upon the participants needs and interests. General positions I was planning to cover will be: pancake, pike/forward fold, bridge and general shoulder work, middle split and front split depending on time constraints. 
We will talk about the physical and mental connection to the flexibility work, and certain lead-up drills and release techniques to help get further into the positions and increase range of motion. 

Sunday

Workshop #3 9am-12pm

Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
Prerequisites: at least 10 seconds consistent freestanding handstand with decent form, 30 seconds recommended
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group. 
Possible topics include:
-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands. 
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility. 
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible. 
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

Workshop #4 2-5pm

Floor Acrobatics
Prerequisites: none. Recommended: be able to cartwheel
This class will explore the art of floor acrobatics from the perspective of learning as an adult. We will go over the necessary physical and mental preparations to help promote a safe and injury-free practice. 
Before any skill work the class will first go over how to properly and safely jump, land, and fall on different surfaces(an invaluable ability for anyone, acrobat or not). Once the preparation work has been completed, we will explore skill development from two main perspectives: classic gymnastics/tumbling and tricking/capoeira/street acrobatics. 

The two perspectives differ greatly but can complement each other quite well once they have been developed. 

The important thing in this art is to be aware of the details. It is very easy in the beginning to build bad habits that set you back for later progressions. This is why it is important to learn solid basics from the beginning.


The idea is not to learn handstands or acrobatics over a weekend, these are skills that take years to understand. The idea behind the weekend is for the participants to be able to see the skills from a different perspective and learn concepts that they can take home and add into their own practice to help further their development. 
I see handstands and acrobatics not as something absolute, but a fun and valuable tool towards developing greater self-awareness. 


Tuition:
Single Session
100 Before April 1st,
125 Before May 1st, 
150 After May 1st)


Full Day
175 Before April 1st, 
200 Before May 1st, 
225 After May 1st)


Full Weekend
300 Before April 1st,
350 Before May 1st, 
400 After May 1st)

 

To sign up please visit the mindbody page of the host facility:
http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=203457

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Las Vegas
May
26
to May 28

Las Vegas

3-day Immersion into acrobatics and other movement arts happening in Las Vegas, a major hub for the circus and entertainment industry. 

The idea behind this event is to immerse the participants in different movement arts for 3 days of training, refining techniques, and learning new things.  
Each day consists of 6 hours of training and instruction. Apart from myself, I also bring in guest instructors who are all experts in their fields to give the attendees a more diverse learning experience. 

All levels of ability are welcome, and skills will be scaled accordingly.  If at some point during the event something feels awkward or difficult, this is good because it means you are learning something new.
In addition to the training, the registration includes admission to a cirque show on the strip (which show in particular is TBD). Seeing the professionals perform will give the participants further inspiration and appreciation of the physical arts. 

Topics covered at the event:
Hand Balancing
Acrobatics and tumbling
Capoeira
Dance
Trampoline
Bodyweight and gymnastics strength
Flexibillity
Recovery Work

Cost:
Registration before April 12: $475
Regular price: $550
Attended a 2-day or longer seminar with me in the past: $375

This event is limited to 15 people and has sold out the last few years. Perfect for a short "train-cation" to get some tips on your techniques, or for the beginner interested in the physical arts, but not sure where to begin.

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