Soft Acrobatics Foundations (8-Week Course)

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Soft acrobatics introduction and session breakdown, Session date/time, Further practice

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This is a foundational level, 8-week Soft Acrobatics course, led by Aaron Martin. Sessions will run on Fridays 6PM-7.15PM, for 8 consecutive weeks from June 11 2021 to July 30 2021

If you are interested in enrolling in this course at a later date, we will run this course again on the following dates:

Fridays 6PM-7.15PM

August 20-October 8

Nov 5-Dec 24

*Aside from the above dates, we will be rolling out pop ups and workshops. If you’re interested in immersing, we highly recommended joining a course!

What is Soft Acrobatics?

Soft acrobatics is a non-competitive floor-based acrobatic skill practice, with focus on soft and sustainable execution.

Inspiration is drawn from many different disciplines like Capoeira, Contemporary Dance, Martial Arts Tricking, Breakdance, Arm Balancing, and Parkour

Classes are usually split into 2 parts:

* flow work, which is the weaving together of basic patterns into unique flows and sequences

* skill work, which is the practice of more advanced acrobatic skills.

One person’s skill work, can be another person’s flow work, depending on skill.

Unlike other forms of acrobatic practice, soft acrobatics has a uniquely low entrance barrier and is therefore easy to start with, because we use all the beginner moves of other styles.

That means the beginnings of softacrobatics may require less strength and flexibility than a yoga class - no matter your level, there is always a sequence that you can turn into your own, personal flow.

Why a course > a class

- STRUCTURE: Cultivating a structured, as opposed to random, learning culture.

- GROWTH: Learning with a dedicated group supports us in learning and growing.

- DEDICATION: Blocking out a specific day and time on a weekly basis, is a signal to the brain that we are here to learn and achieve.

- HOMEWORK: The space between sessions is not random, but potential for personal practice and development.

If you are interested in soft acrobatics but would like to try a class first, please look out for our 2-HOUR POP UPs - July 4 and September 22.

Who is this course for?


This course has been designed to support practitioners (yoga, fitness, movement) and new teachers in developing a substantial, fun, sustainable practice, paving the long term path for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.

Our learning goals:

From Week 1 to Week 8, we will take the time to break down the components of a few more challenging movements:

1. Shoulder roll

2. Slow cartwheel

3. Elbow lever

4. Macaco

Why? Because the ability to execute difficult skills opens ones up to the possibility of more complex movement patterns and flows.

ONE/BASE VOCABULARY

Developing base vocabulary to flow with. This is akin to a typical vinyasa flow in yoga - downward dog, plank, chaturanga (low push up), upward dog - but much less linear, and therefore opening up more possibilities for movement variation.

TWO/PEAK SKILLS

Developing 3-4 peak skills with good technique. We want to really own these movements, eventually be able to flow in and out of them with confidence and control, so that we can really move smoothly. Owning a movement requires developing the required strength, mobility, and coordination, and being able to successfully do it in most attempts (around 8-9 out of 10 times).

Our peak skills for this iteration of the soft acrobatics course are:

  1. SHOULDER ROLL
  2. MACACO

  3. SLOW CARTWHEEL 
  4. ELBOW LEVER/QDR


About Aaron Martin

Aaron is a Hong Kong-based movement teacher and performer. He is a self-taught parkour athlete and acrobat with an interest in teaching quality movement patterns to people of all walks of life.

Through his focus on teaching pedagogy and movement learning he draws from a multitude of disciplines and experiences to help his students find balance between strength, flexibility and coordination.

A call for collaboration

We have run various iterations of this course over the past 3 years in Hong Kong, and our teaching and organization is constantly improving. At this point, we are working on building a digital version of this course, to make it accessible to practitioners globally. If you’re in Hong Kong and interested in enrolling in this course, we call for your collaboration by:

- FEEDBACK | Before and after the course, through your preferred format (call, email, short in-person meeting)

- ACTIVE PARTICIPATION | In a group WhatsApp chat, we encourage participants to share their training progress through video format

- PERMISSION TO DOCUMENT | We’d love to be able to document everyone’s learning progress in class in photo and video form.

- TESTIMONIAL (Optional) | For those who are happy to, we’d love your help in filming a short video testimonial, so we find the others, and continue to teach wonderful students like yourself.

Sound good? Great! Look out for our 'Collaborator' ticket when you check out - it'll give you a discount and take your total from HKD3000 to HKD2000.

Questions? WhatsApp 66873701!

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11-15 On Lan Street

Hong Kong, HKI

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Organiser SharedSpace Movement

Organiser of Soft Acrobatics Foundations (8-Week Course)

SharedSpace is a Movement Studio and Content Platform in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. The space runs regular classes, workshops, and trainings, covering all sorts of movement practices from Acrobatics, Parkour, Dance, to Yoga. There's a class for everyone with SharedSpace. 

For more info, check us out here:

www.sharedspace.hk

www.instagram.com/sharedspacehk

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