Week 5: PNF, Meridians and Sen Lines and an Aikido master class


This week we will explore PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular fascilitation), meridians and sen lines and we will finish on Friday with a master class in Aikido from my friend Richard Eberl, a 5th dan master teacher from Germany. It will feel like an avalanche of information and we will try to navigate through often polarizing points of view about movement. Hopefully you can remain open and find things that may be useful to your studies and that you may integrate certain ideas that strike you and fold them into your personal practice. The intention here is to present alternative philosophies that look at ‘the subtle body’ that are not normally a part of dance education so that your experience may be expanded. I am going out on a limb here and I am hoping that you will give the class some space to breathe.

Here are some links:

http://www.ipnfa.org/index.php?id=113 (a history of PNF)

http://tuberose.com/meridians.html (meridians)

http://www.tomthai.com/Healing/903C1543-0F74-490A-A503-F0C742976A87.html (sen lines)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aikido (Aikido)

http://www.contactquarterly.com/cq/webtext/Paxtontalk.html (CI article on Steve Paxton)

These videos are a bit out there and specific to their academic fields but I think they are interesting to watch. Can you see the correlation between these movements and principles with what we’ve been studying in class?






2 thoughts on “Week 5: PNF, Meridians and Sen Lines and an Aikido master class

  1. Learning Aikido was great! Thinking about the movement and how we could relate and compare to contact improvisation is that with partners, we guide them and help them rather then just moving and then getting physically stuck or hurt. To me Aikido is a form of martial arts that uses touch sensory and doesn’t hurt a person but to feel the energy between two partners or however many people in a group. With contact improvisation, when one person moves they have to sense the partners prescence and the partner has to move with the leader or someone could get hurt. It is a lead and follow form and somtimes both partners want to lead and both do not want to lead. In this case, I feel that the energies smash instead of bond and with Aikido it gives specific direction for both the initiator and the receiver.

    • I agree, Aikido was awesome. I love contact improvisation, thus Aikido was very appealing to me. I know that in improvisation I tend to be a leader rather than following another person’s energy. This was helpful to remind me that there are more subtle forces at work around me and it can be much more interesting to listen to those energy sources than my own.

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