Three words to describe your practice

Craig:
Okay, so before you’re allowed to have your sushi, there’s a final question, which is three words to describe your practice.

Brandee:
But the order of what needs to happen is comfort, utility, style, in that order. So that can also be the same for my practice is comfort, utility, style. I think that’s actually pretty good.

Craig:
All right, is that your final answer?
Brandee:
Yes, comfort, utility, style.

Art of Retreat

Brandee:
Art of Retreat is always just wonderful. Art of Retreat is like dreams come true and watching the people I love the most in the world elevate each other. So as far as this past Art of Retreat, it was a blast as usual. I get to stand in front of people, yell at them, shame them publicly and such and so forth.

Brandee:
But one of the most important and really profound moments I had was actually during one of the night mission games, where I had taken on the role of an ogre and I was supposed to be carried away from the village site and I didn’t want that to happen. So I struggled pretty prolifically.

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Bonfire

Brandee:
Yes, absolutely. It’s a very conscious switchover from how I am when I’m just existing to now I am the person, the leader in parkour community who is Brandee. It’s really just a matter of thinking about generating energy, because in those moments especially with things like warm-up, especially for a large event with so many people who don’t know each other yet and this, that and the other thing, it’s really important that someone, in my opinion that the people who are in front of them are able to sort of pick up the slack. And I guess it’s almost streamlining them to where I want them to be, which is just as energetic and excited as I’m presenting myself to be. There is definitely a moment, I mean, I can be having a terrible morning and just feel garbage.

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Anywhere with nothing

Brandee:
But what makes parkour unique, in my opinion, is the way that we have built ourselves our own industry and the way that we still have this ability to do our practice anywhere with nothing. There are very few practices I can think of that can be done anywhere with nothing and then have that addition community aspect where you can literally go anywhere in the world, find somebody through the internet and they will take you in and show you around. That’s still pretty unique. Now is it the only thing that’s like that? No. It’s almost like we’re unique but not special.

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Experience

Brandee:
Yeah, I would fix it in that I want both to be together. I don’t want to just teach people, I want them to be experiencing something, because what is better than feeling like you did something? That’s what really impacts people and gives them something to remember. It’s not oh, I went in and that person showed me how to get over this wall. Its, I went in there, I was shown how to get over this wall and then I got to do it, or I got to apply it somehow or I got to put myself against a challenge involving this skill. It has to go together for me, because I have no interest in running just a fitness class for people or copy and paste.

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To be strong, to be useful

Brandee:
Yeah. I have to be honest, even up until that moment of teaching it, heck, even starting the session I say everyone, look, this is still a half-baked idea.

Craig:
Working progress, right?

Brandee:
We’re going to do some baking here. I need you to help me. Essentially, what I brought to the table was that we as in a lot of parkour people, community, maybe not so much the newer practitioners, for the most part heard phrases like, “be strong and to be useful.”

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072. Brandee Laird: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Mover’s Mindset Podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do and why they do it. In this interview, Brandee Laird discusses many things including the recent Art of Retreat, being an introvert and card manipulation. She shares her coaching philosophy, influences and creating experiences and reflects on the role of usefulness in her practice. Brandee explains how she handles dark moods, strives to expand her skillsets and even recites some of her own poetry.

Craig: But first, a twofer this week. one, the Hero Forge is back in collaboration with Andy Fisher, you did catch episode 60, right? We’re putting all 59 Hero Forge recordings on our website where you can stream or download them for free. Two, if you value what we are doing, you should support our work at MoversMindset.com/support. It’s easy and every dollar matters.

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072. Brandee Laird: Creating experiences, usefulness, and poetry

072. Brandee Laird: Creating experiences, usefulness, and poetry

 
 
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Brandee Laird discusses many things, including the recent Art of Retreat, being an introvert, and card manipulation. She shares her coaching philosophy, influences, and creating experiences, and reflects on the role of usefulness in her practice. Brandee explains how she handles dark moods, strives to expand her skill sets, and even recites some of her own poetry.

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On Growing Wings

First of all, it really itches. All the time, very deep, where it’d be too gruesome to try to scratch. It’s like the inside of the spine, a sharp, electric kind of itching that nothing but patience ever relieves.

Then there’s inflammation, everything surrounding the scapulae tight and hot and angry.

–Sometimes it’s only one, the other side just hanging around aching dully, but mostly they flare simultaneously, creating dread with every arm movement, always expecting the sharp, dense pain that will cause you to catch your breath.    

This goes on for weeks.     

Then it’s almost like the itching begins to float up through the layers of soft tissue, broadening as it becomes increasingly sub-dermal, suddenly pinpointing one day in the middle of each scapula, right there on the surface.     

This, you scratch.      

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