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vlcsnap-2013-11-03-15h49m24s172Finally… the conclusion of The Pursuit of Movement’s Phase 1. I began this program back in April, right after turning 31 and deciding that I didn’t want to be old. 4 months of training later, I’ve added a few skills to my repertoire and also met a few shortcomings.

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capoeira slam poetryA young man shares his love of capoeira through spoken word with deftly inserted movements.

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planche progressionIt’s one of the most beautiful laws of nature and an essential motivation for us to continue with any pursuit. That feeling of getting better at something is immensely rewarding and can generate incredible momentum. And the good thing is that it’s all a natural consequence of your efforts. What you practice, you improve. Pretty simple.

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01A rather unusual sight greeted me as took my first steps on the Great Wall. Of all the unexpected things that happened that day – from a wild goose chase for an imaginary bus, to an unlikely driver who magically appeared to volunteer his services – this might have been the most surprising of all.

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IMG_6045I love the feel of steady progress, but actually meeting a goal (ahead of schedule) feels even better. Cross that sucker off the list and pat yourself on the back! On the other side of that spectrum however is the growing realization that you might have set your standards too high.

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