Dan Edwardes explains the value of playing games, and unpacks what motivates him. He discusses the struggle of choosing where to spend your time and energy, and the difficulty of distractions. Dan shares his insights on parkour’s relationship to self efficacy, and the power and importance of storytelling.
- Super fights: History with Andy Fisher, game for fun, ended up on the Heroforge podcast. Teaches problem solving, critical thinking, interpersonal, great debate tool.
- Motivation: motivated by stories and reading growing up, led to interest in heroism, self training and skills, martial arts. Always has a continuous desire to learn, so training is never a question. Trains general practical competence, with tangents in various areas he considers useful
- Competence: Who is the first person you think of for ‘competent’: character… Batman – games as theoretical training, flexible mindset
- Current struggles: Working to manage time, effort, energy to do what you want to do, while filtering against distraction. Smart phone as a useful tool, but also dangerous. Choosing and deciding how to spend your day, and creating systems to help you, developing time management skills. Smart phone management skills and tips, Leo Babota, Zen Habits. Creating small changes, learning and challenging, parkour philosophy
- Storytime: Mini martial arts back story, leads to the importance of sweeping, cleaning the dojo, and why and how it’s a part of the training. Jozef Frucek (fighting monkey), story of cleaning, how you do anything is how you do everything
- Storytime application: Understanding the story; why do we care about being a good mover? Physical vs mental/value training, fitness is the byproduct. The reason to be fit is to live a good life, physical and mental fitness… what will you do with your health, fitness, life, what meaning will it have? Search for meaning in what you do –
- Self efficacy and parkour: With parkour, you can’t deceive self, can’t hide; it’s a mirror , ruthless in a sense, but objective. A way to understand yourself, who you are and what you can do; helps control your reactions to the world. Parkour as an opportunity to learn efficacy, a transformative practice
- ] Storytelling and narrative: There is nothing but story, we perceive the world through story as humans. Storytelling is always present in training (overt or not), creating a profound experience, being a part of others stories, how you affect others stories as a coach
- Recommendations: being a writer, here are books about story telling: Story, by Robin McKee, Into the Woods, by John Yorke, and Save the Cat, by Blake Snyder
- 3 words: explore, challenge, adapt
- Contact and further info: To learn more about Dan’s work with Parkour Generations, you can visit their website. If you’d like to get in touch with Dan through social media, you can find him on Instagram (@dan_edwardes), Twitter (@danedwardes), and Facebook.
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