Fighting Monkey Practice
Under the 'mother ship' of RootlessRoot, exists a 'deeply rooted' extension known by the name of 'Fighting Monkey Practice'.
This research reconnects with the most essential principles that give birth, nourish and restore forgotten movement patterns and mobility; accessing a powerful potential of simple human motion. They journey with integrity examining and testing limits via practical experience using difficulty and danger to develop strength, adaptability and softness.
Linda and Jozef pursue their desire and interest to engage in dynamic experimentation with movement practitioners of various disciplines: martial artists, movers, athletes, sculptors, craftsman and people from other disciplines who examine the human architecture and physiology within the environmental context in which a human evolves and develops its behavior and motion. Taking in account various aspects of evolutionary pressures and our responds to those stimuli.
Discovering movement efficiency patterns and basic human motor skills that are appearing across diverse movement disciplines assist Linda and Jozef in designing irregular training methods; cultivating a self-organized, adaptive system that provokes neuroplasticity.
They believe that simplicity has the power to create complex movement dimensions, coordinations and endless variations through improvised intuitive modes. Thus, they search for efficient, short and energetically least demanding solutions to diverse, stressful and urgent situations.
They generate survival movements, gestural expressions and dance as 'side effect aesthetics'.
Linda and Jozef seek to develop a nonverbal, common physical understanding that ascends from our primal social needs. Allowing the exploration and search for one seed from which all different roots of expression grow and expand in their own individual trajectories.
Linda and Jozef contextualize 'movement development' and 'movement situations' in regard to the '5 social forces'. Correspondingly their research steers towards an individual realization of the magnitude, to which, diverse situations influence our knowledge and communication potentials.
Humans are social creatures that need to do develop within a social context and to engage in an exchange of stories. Since, unfortunately, we are living in a world where a linguistic translation is necessary to bridge gaps of communication; in order to truly understand each other, from a more essential and initial source, Linda and Jozef seek to develop a nonverbal, common physical understanding that ascends from our primal social needs. Allowing the exploration and search for one seed from which all different roots of expression grow and expand in their own individual trajectories.
The Fighting Monkey Practice instigates you to become more adaptable and smart in inventing in your own creative strategies, which correspond to your life settings, aims, your own character and anatomical traits. Consequentially, you learn whom you are by overcrossing your limits, sharing, discovering without knowing
and learning without being taught by anyone.
By means of this research we continue our ongoing journey in the development of our 'Fighting Monkey Practice' by testing our limits via practical experience and exploring our potential using difficulty and danger to develop strength, adaptability and softness. We engage in exchange of stories and diverse communication tools. We design "movement situations" that stimulate neuroplasticity. We instigate you to become more adaptable and smart in inventing your own creative strategies, which correspond to your life settings, aims, your own character and anatomical traits. You learn whom you are by overcrossing your limits, sharing, discovering without knowing
and learning without being taught by anyone.
LIFE CAN BE TURBULENT.HOW DO YOU WEATHER THE STORM?
FIGHTING MONKEY is a movement practice.'Movement situations'/games.Using variety, difficulty and restrictions to develop resilience, adaptability and creativity.Play with your structure, physiology & imagination.
We play games - together.Change roles. Change partners. Diversity brings immunity.Try. Work. Study. Cook. Observe. Struggle. Play. Imagine.No preferences - work with what you have and who you are.Go outside your comfort zone - see what happens.Life is a shit storm - expose yourself to difficulty to learn to weather it.Do not be afraid of your partner - you can manage.Do not be afraid for your partner - they can manage.Challenge your partner, learn from them.In return, take responsibility for their development.Adapt, but do not loose sight of yourself. You are different to me.Your practice is different from mine - live your own dreams.Observe.Practice - do not look for any special mode or mental state.Move the goalposts. Stay alert. Do not sleep.Physics. Anatomy. Chemistry. Curiosity. Adaptability.Adaptability and creativity above all.TRY.
FIGHTING MONKEY // LINDA KAPETANEA & JOZEF FRUCEK.www.rootlessroot.comEdit: Shahla Tarrant.Camera: Mark Berry.www.helijib.co.ukAdditional footage: Mike Rafailwww.mikerafail.com