060. Andy Fisher: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset Podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This week, Andy Fisher discusses being a teacher, why he loves it, and how his pursuit of his passions relates to the classroom. He shares his unique and unexpected movement journey before explaining how all of that relates to the passion projects he regularly pursues, such as the Thronin and Hero Forge projects. Andy discusses his thoughts on efficacy, his current struggles, and how he manages and works towards overcoming them. But before we begin, I’d like to ask. Have you noticed there are little Easter eggs at the very end of each episode?

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Andy: Hi, I’m Andy Fisher.

Craig: Andy Fisher is a teacher, photographer, author, husband, and father, among many other things. A man of many talents, Andy is also an obstacle course racer, a wilderness survival instructor, and has been a longtime teacher of practical self-protection skills. In addition to survival, and protection, Andy also teaches English at a secondary school in Norwich, and finds that to be the most dangerous job he’s yet experienced. Welcome, Andy.

Andy: Thanks, I’m looking forward to the conversation.

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059. Kasturi Torchia: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do and why they do it. This week, Kasturi Torchia describes her role with Parkour UK and how she came to be involved in mental wellbeing and psychology studies. She discusses her family and how they impacted her journey before unpacking the Esprit Concrete Method she has developed. Kasturi shares some of her goals and what she is working on with Esprit Concrete and discusses the yearly Les Dames Du Movement event. Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Kasturi: Hi Craig.

Craig: Kasturi Torchia is the mental health and Duty of Care lead for Parkour UK. She is the co-founder of Esprit Concrete and the founder of the Esprit Concrete Method integrating self-development and therapy with Art du deplacement and Parkour. Her research centers on lack of progression in Parkour as part of a wider agenda on prevention of burnout in adults and children in sport. Welcome Kasturi.

Kasturi: Thanks Craig. Thanks for having me today.

Craig: Kasturi, I mentioned in the introduction that you’re the Duty of Care lead for Parkour UK, that’s your title, your position. Can you tell me a little bit what that entails and maybe let that spin out into what you’re working on?

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058. Georgia Munroe: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This week, Georgia Munroe explains her interest in music, and how that relates to her parkour practice as well as how she became interested in parkour. She discusses the challenges and goals she is working on before sharing her experiences with Motion Capture and Ninja Warrior. Georgia unpacks her thoughts on coaching, her personal journey on improving as a coach, and how coaching has affected her own parkour practice.

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Georgia: Hi everyone, I’m Georgia.

Craig: Georgia Munroe is a professional art du deplacement and parkour athlete, coach, and performer. A coach with Esprit Concrete, she is passionate about movement and sharing the discipline. Georgia has competed in Ninja Warrior UK, done work for various films and video games, and enjoys several creative hobbies in addition to parkour and ADD. Welcome, Georgia.

Georgia: Thank you for having me, Craig.

Craig: Georgia, it strikes me that you have a couple of different creative hobbies, like sewing and piano and other things, and I always think it’s interesting to ask people how do those hobbies inform their movement practice?

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057. Naomi Honey: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This week, Naomi Honey shares her experiences learning the Brazilian dance of Forro and how it relates to her other movement practices. She unpacks her work as a life coach, what that means, how it works, and why she loves it so much. Naomi wraps up by discussing her thoughts on her current interests, the idea of success, and self-talk.

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Naomi: Hi, Craig.

Craig: Naomi Honey is both a parkour and life coach. Naomi began coaching with Parkour Generations in 2012 alongside a business career before quitting her desk job altogether a few years ago. She now runs her own life coaching business, Flytality, where she helps people make the life changes they really want. Most recently, Naomi has become interested in Brazilian dance as a part of her movement practice. Welcome, Naomi.

Naomi: Thanks, Craig. It’s great to be here.

Craig: Naomi, in the introduction, I mentioned Brazilian dance, and I just want to open it up by saying can you unpack that a little bit?

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Meet the team: Melissa

I love the educational aspect of Movers Mindset. Each podcast is an opportunity to learn about someone, how they think and how they move. I love learning about what each guests finds important and learning something new, whether its an idea or an approach, that I can apply to my own practice. The podcast has introduced me to many people and projects that have expanded my interests and understanding of movement.

~ Melissa — Guests coordinator and social media manager

056. Charlotte Miles: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Mover’s Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who thank you are, what they do, and why they do it. In this episode, Charlotte Miles shares her motivations for coaching, why it’s important to her, and how it fits into her life. She delves into more difficult topics. Emotional and energy recovery, personal struggles, and her experiences with mortality and grief. Charlotte discusses how parkour affects her life, her definition of success, and finishes with real life superpowers and finding purpose.

Craig: Hello. I’m Craig Constantine.

Charlotte: Hey, I’m Charlotte Miles.

Craig: Charlotte Miles is a coach, athlete, filmmaker, and an entrepreneur. Her curiosity for human movement has seen both her training and coaching career span various forms. From contemporary dance, crossfit, and Olympic weightlifting, to strongman, and now parkour. In addition to this, Charlotte is the lead creative at Parkour Generations, managing design, branding, and social media, and is the founder of Iron Heart Studios, her own media company committed to rich, resonating, and responsible storytelling. Welcome Charlotte.

Charlotte: Hey Craig. Thank you so much for having me.

Craig: Charlotte, as I was reading about some of the things you’ve done, I’m torn between … I wanted to just have the whole meta conversation about creativity in terms of working with media and interviewing people, and I’m not sure how interesting that would be to everybody else. But let’s start there a little bit and I’m wondering what your thoughts are being on the pointy end of the creative process. The sharp end.

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053. Andy Pearson: Full transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. Today, Andy Pearson unpacks why he considers himself a failed coach and dives into what he believes his job is as a coach. He shares his insights on where to look for coaching and training inspiration outside of parkour before going through the litany of injuries he’s had and explaining how they have shaped his training. Andy discusses his current training and how he expects it to grow and evolve before wrapping up with his thoughts on FIG and the Olympics. Before we dive in, I ask that you press pause and take a quick listener survey. It’s one page, has only five questions and will take you all of 10 seconds to complete. If this project is worth 10 seconds of your time, go to moversmindset.com/survey

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Andy: Hi, I’m Andy Pearson.

Craig: Andy Pearson is a failed coach, mediocre athlete, knows next to nothing about sports science and has more injuries than the black knight from Monte Python. He had the good fortune to gradually learn from his mistakes over the last 15 years like a goldfish and has unbelievably coached many people all around the world to not do what he did. So basically he’s making it up most of the time. Welcome Andy.

Andy: Hey, how are you doing?

Craig: I think the obvious place to start, Andy, would be to unpack failed coach, and let’s dive in there because I’m pretty sure most people would not label you as a failed coach, but I think that I understand why you’re thinking that that’s an appropriate moniker.

Andy: Okay. Sure thing. This kind of came about maybe a couple of weeks ago. I was thinking about what is to be a good coach, and how to measure that. So sort of what are the metrics essentially of a good coach? Is it the number of people you see? The number of students you have?

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054. Gogoly Yao: Full transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. In this episode, Gogoly Yao explains his background and the journey that led him to where he is now. He discusses how he first encountered parkour and his work on Esprit Concrete with Kasturi Torchia. Yao shares his current challenges and what he is working on, and discusses his training with Esprit Concrete team member Georgia Munroe.

Craig: Hello. I’m Craig Constantine.

Gogoly: Hi, Craig.

Craig: Gogoly Yao is a longtime coach and athlete and the co-founder of Esprit Concrete. Originally from France, Yao trained Taekwondo for many years before moving to London where he began his l’art du deplacement training. Known for his infectious energy and love of community, Yao is an experienced coach and has run workshops, seminars, and camps both nationally and internationally.

Craig: [French 00:01:00]

Gogoly: [French 00:01:01], Craig. Thanks for having me.

Craig: [French 00:01:04]

Craig: Yao, as much as I would love to do this in French, my French is very, very, very bad. I’m sorry.

Gogoly: Yeah, don’t worry. I don’t want to speak in French either.

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052. Steve Zavitz: Full transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it.

Craig: In today’s episode, Steve Zavitz shares his passion for parkour, photography, and film, from his transition to freelancing, his process, and what he likes to create. He discusses the changing style and culture around parkour videos, and the impact social media has had.

Craig: Steve reflects on the evolving culture, audience, and growth of parkour, and what that means for communities today.

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051. Sean Hannah: Full transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. Today, Sean Hannah takes us deep into curriculum development, how he researches, the importance of games and fun, and developing with specific audiences in mind. He discusses his role in designing the curriculum for the PK Move Study with Marymount University, and the specific challenges it presented. Sean shares advice on coaching and designing for adults and seniors before unpacking his current personal curriculum and goals.

Craig: Hello. I’m Craig Constantine.

Sean: Hi, I’m Sean Hannah.

Craig: Sean Hannah is a coach, athlete, and curriculum developer, currently based in Colorado. Before moving out West, Sean spent years as the lead coach at Urban Evolution in Alexandria, Virginia, developing their curriculum. Sean’s background in rehab and personal training also led to his involvement in the PK Silver Program development, and he is a member of the PK Move Board. Sean dislikes shoes and being on the ground. Welcome, Sean.

Sean: Happy to be here, Craig.

Craig: Sean, I mentioned in the introduction that you’re part of the PK Move Board, but it think it’s also important for people to know that you were really critical, according to Nancy and her team you were really critical in the curriculum development for PK Silver. I think that people may not be aware of the level of work that went into getting from the idea of how to teach Parkour to people, to making it actually be something that can be done reproducibly and safely, so I would love to hear more about how much of that you’d want to unpack.

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050. Movers Mindset Team: Full transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset Podcast, where today, we’re doing something a little different. In our special 50th episode, I’m joined by some of the Movers Mindset team, Kristen Swantek, Miguel Chero and Melissa Way. We discuss what each of us does, how our roles fit together, and how far we’ve come as a team. We explain working remotely, the freedoms and challenges that come with it, and some of the strategies we use to make it work. We each share our favorite episodes, things we’ve learned and what each of us finds to be special about the project.

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Kristen Swantek: Hello, I’m Kristen Swantek.

Melissa Way: Hi, I’m Melissa Way.

Miguel Chero: Hi, I am Miguel Chero.

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049. Ryan Ford: Full transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset Podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. In this episode, Ryan Ford shares his thoughts on his Parkour EDU program, various coaching methods, and his experience of building a community. He discusses the idea of a talent hotbed, how and why it occurs, and how to apply those ideas, before delving into the world of cryptocurrency. Ryan explains what cryptocurrency is, why he’s so interested in it, its potentials for growth, and the similarities he sees between crypto and parkour.

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Ryan: Hey, how you doing?

Craig: I’m good.

Ryan: Welcome to Boulder.

Craig: Thank you. Ryan Ford is an American original, among the early parkour professional athletes and coaches. He is the co-founder of Apex School of Movement, and more recently Parkour EDU, as well as the author of Parkour Strength Training. Ryan is passionate about parkour education and best practices, and his entrepreneurial spirit reflects this. Welcome, Ryan.

Ryan: Thank you for that intro.

Craig: You’re very welcome. So, since were doing this just kind of straight through, and just chillaxing, we’ll start with something that I think people would think is an obvious topic to start. So, you wrote Parkour Strength Training three years ago-

Ryan: Yes.

Craig: Depending on exactly when. But you probably started on it four years ago, or five years ago. But, roughly three years ago, when everybody else saw it. And then, I understand that what you’re doing now in Louisville, if I’m getting my Boulder pronunciation correctly, in Louisville is, you’ve begun creating a physical program, like actually take that to the ground. And, I’m wondering if you want to unpack some of your experiences with that, what went well.

Ryan: Yeah. So, what we’ve been doing for the past couple months here, I think we started building this Parkour Strength for Adults program, in Apex Louisville, started it in mid-December. So we’re at, I guess a couple months in and I’ve learned a lot. Basically, the program is based off the book. So everything I’ve learned about, tested on myself, trained others, coached others. Many different types of people, kids, teen, adults. I think, in parkour, at least at the businesses, gyms and stuff, tend to be a bit more focused on kids and teens.

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048. Amos Rendao: Full transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. Today, Amos Rendao reflects on what music means to him, flowing versus planning, and the benefits and importance of journaling. The conversation turns to the idea of success and what that means, before moving to aikido and information activism. Amos shares his insights on diet and nutrition, his journey with injuries and recovery, and how he manages self-talk.

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Amos: What’s up, Craig?

Craig: Amos Rendao is a professional coach, athlete, entrepreneur, business manager, and co-founder of APEX School of Movement and Parkour EDU. He considers himself a movement scientist, and his experimentation and study of movement led him to create the Parkour Ukemi and Randori programs. Amos is an active member of both his local and national parkour communities, and a board member of USPK. Welcome, Amos.

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