Movement As Language: Babble & Personal Meaning

Movement As Language: Babble & Personal Meaning

Jason Round

 

 

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BABBLE: the process of learning a new lexicon for floor-communication is just as clear in its hesitation, uncertainty, and lack of fluency as is the oral. Having been exposed to a new set of vocabulary and syntax by Odelia Goldschmidt at the EMM, I find myself once again struggling to build word pairs (let alone speak and create) with another invaluable system of patterns presented by the Ido Portal team. Incredibly thankful to have such great teachers leading the way and sharing if but snippets of their research 🙏🏽 . On a little digging into the context of babbling, it seems there is some correlation with this stage of an infants’ language development and developments in motor control. “Rhythmic arm movements”, for example, provide “the opportunity to practice a skill – production of rhythmically organised, tightly timed actions – that is a central characteristic of reduplicated babble. Hand banging [for example] allows the infant to observe (and vary) the relationship between a concrete action and its auditory and visual properties.”* . The significant changes in the ways an infant moves and interacts with their environment “impact the development of skills and experiences that play a role in the emergence of communication & language”*. The development of motor skills relating to postural change, locomotion and object manipulation are seen to provide contexts for acquiring, practicing, and refining skills conducive to the development of communication. Concepts such as recognition, relation, cause and effect, de-/construction, creation and ultimately meaning. All this begins with the primacy of movement. . *Developing language in a developing body: the relationship between motor development and language development – Jana M. Iverson . . . . . . . . . . #idoportalmethod #movementculture #movemoremp #movemore #movement #movementpractice #movementtraining #movementexploration #movementresearch #floorwork #floormovement #culturadelmovimiento #bjj #brazilianjiujitsu #rolling #mobility #mobilitytraining #flexibility #flexibilitytraining #bodyweighttraining #calisthenics #calisthenicsmovement #integration #improvisation #barcelona #movementculturebarcelona

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‘PRACTICE’ & SIDE EFFECTS: In a continued effort to define some of commonly used terminologies in the field of Movement Culture (for both the sake of universal clarity and potentially smelling my own bullshit), the difference between ‘practice’ and ‘training’ seems to call for attention again and again. That the former features in my logo and the latter something I have been doing for over half of my life is reason to dig a little deeper. . To train: to grow something in a desired way. To practice: to perform or do habitually or usually. These two stripped-back definitions currently satisfy my use of the terms on both macro and micro levels (a good indication of a valuable heuristic); micro on the level of individual actions, macro in terms of over-arching perspective. They are also in alignment with an idea I share often with students: the “side-effect”. It follows from a perspective of “de-ambition”, an entire area of practice to itself. . In “growing something in a desired way” (training), the goal is specific. For many years I trained to develop muscular size, definition, proportion and symmetry in relation to a specific ideal, and moving from there attributes such as strength and mobility. It is clear that well-calculated training works when the orientation is the specific; but when the orientation is the general? When the orientation is Movement? It became necessary for me to take a softer focus, to de-ambition, to practice because of practice and not because of a desired side-effect. . Whilst there lies a training history behind my physicality and physical potential, in cultivating a ‘practice’ I have begun to understand the difference between actions that serve YOU, and SERVING actions. Whilst I still train, training is now a TOOL and not the goal. A softer focus allows for more general investment across a wider practice and it is a liberating feeling. Not least so that in the act of practice, the side-effects come for free 🐒 . . . Photography @claudiorojasvargas 🙏🏽

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