MBS Academy promotes continuing education in the form of workshops, DVDs, news articles and blog posts to keep our students and practitioners up to date with industry happenings. With the recent inquiries, and forum postings centering around Judo and its relation to Mind Body Studies, we have compiled information to help bridge the gap in understanding the connection and history between the two.
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"Martial Arts practitioners find great insight in how Dr. Feldenkrais’ MBS work breaks up each movement into the elements of initiation and progression through the system. "
Combining these principles in action, from both points of view and both techniques, strengthen each and adds competence and depth to your practice and your life.
“[Moshe] often pointed out the limited ways of conventional teaching - based in so many words, children sitting still and required to memorize rather than understand, never involved or taught by real experience.
Teachings and philosophies of the East were very avant-guard. No one knew about martial arts - and Moshe was a great Judo teacher and at home we studied Judo from a young age. Today it is hard to imagine how closed were people's thoughts.”
"Moshe had told wonderful stories about his experiences in judo. He was a great story teller, and he had so many amazing experiences.”
“I began to study judo by getting a copy of Moshe's book on judo. A very good friend of mine from Australia was also interested in the martial arts; and, together, on the living room carpet, we followed the exercises laid out sequentially in Moshe's book. The next day, I could not walk, nor could my friend, who commented, "My whole back is split near the tailbone." Of course, I was in equal agony.
Later, I said to Moshe, ‘Your book and your teaching - just look what happened!’
He retorted, ‘You must be stupid to think you can learn judo that way. You need a proper mat and the right teacher.’ “
When asked how Judo influenced her learning and how it led to her stance on teaching Mind Body Studies, Mia replied:
“The ]apanese master's traditional style of teaching was new to me. For example, I found out immediately not to ask questions--that I was to copy...copy...just copy...You had to get the feeling of the whole thing yourself. If you asked a master how to do a certain movement, he would reply "I do not know. One minute..."; and then he would do the movement in order to demonstrate it. He never explained; he just did the movement, saying, "It's like this...and like this ... " It was similar to the way Moshe taught me: you felt it; you knew it-except that Moshe would then discuss it.”
The above pictures are of Leora Gaster practicing Judo in Japan. Leora was the first non-Japanese female student to earn her black belt in Judo.
Please feel free to view our complete photo gallery of Mia and Leora's experiences in Japan and of learning Judo.