Physical Culture


Practice and focus

Performance is the product of practice, focus and progression.

Develop a subconscious understanding of the techniques until they become reflexes, so their effectiveness will be at least ten times better.

Integrative training

Equal attention to the Body, Mind and Spirit; combining timing, balance, rhythm, coordination, proprioception, strength, power, conditioning, mobility and agility.

A lifetime of learning

Make exercise a joy, a skill and an expression of your passion for being alive.

 

 

History: Back in the 1800s the Fitness World (called Physical Culture) believed in the beauty of movement, rhythm, balance and strength. Exercises were trained progressively from the beginning of schooling through graduation and beyond. Children grew to adults progressively learning all types of calisthenics, Indian clubs, gymnastics, and much more. The end results were nothing short of magnificent. Displays in the thousands of participants were common in European fitness exhibitions. The beauty of movement, timing, teamwork, balance, rhythm, strength and power were the picture of health, fitness, and well-being.

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So what happened? Early 1900s: Sports participation overtook Physical Culture training. 1920s: Physical educators said that Physical Culture training was old fashioned. Today: A great deal of physical educators are out of touch with physical culture training and afraid of being exposed as un-knowledgeable on fitness, and still say it is old fashioned. The sad fact they do not want to admit is that they don’t know how to teach Physical Culture in a progressive manner. There are no books to follow. It will take too much time to learn and machines are a lot easier. So, what started as beautiful movement and amazing expression of what the body can do, has now changed to simply playing sports and doing isolated training with an emphasis on appearance. An emphasis on appearance is used to sell magazines and other products; vested interests and agendas. People still think that to get in shape you must train as a bodybuilder, using isolated movements.

 

The Mission: The focus is on the idea of never ending improvement, where there is no finishing line. It’s a lifetime of learning, of self exploration and of appreciating what you can do. It’s not a fad or a trend. It’s about making a lifelong commitment to the ideology of holistic health. Challenge yourself to do the things you have never done before, the only limitations exist in your mind. See through the deception of the fitness ‘industry’; the isolated training, both muscular and mind / body / spirit; on machines and games console training. See through the façade of training for the significance of appearance and the dependence on others for healing our pains through drugs, supplements or other dependency forms.

 

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“Your body and mind will love it, I promise you.”

 – Mike Eves. August 2010

 


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