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The Perceived Fear Scale

The Perceived Fear Scale

The parkour legend Chris "Blane" Rowat balancing on a rail in London. Summer 2017, a hot day, photoshooting for Skochypstiks. Picture by Andy Day. “If you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you” - Nietzsche Humans’ perceptions and instincts are inner...

The risk’s illusion

The risk’s illusion

Picture by Andy Day - summer 2017, in a photoshoot for Skochy, London.You know what is the biggest problem when it comes to facing fears of all kinds? It’s hard. I do not mean slightly difficult, but extremely tough. Your body would try all that is in its power to...

The Fear-Preparedness Matrix

The Fear-Preparedness Matrix

The previous article briefly described the concept of fear, as an automatic response unconsciously activated by the individual in the case of a potentially dangerous stimulus or situation. As previously underlined, there is not much that can be done to “avoid”...

Movement Practice – An Introduction to Fear Management

Movement Practice – An Introduction to Fear Management

Fear has been vastly considered in its evolutionary perspective, from Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” to the most recent studies of Evolutionary Psychology. When mentioned, fear appears to be characterised by four main features: -       It is activated as a...

Impacts Circuit intro

Impacts Circuit intro

An extract from some instructional material produced on learning how to deal with impacts. The instructional set is aimed at learning the basic coordination needed for the action of jumping and landing. The other elements are some classic problems almost ever-present...

The game of progress: Understanding the role of mistakes

The game of progress: Understanding the role of mistakes

“Failure is the key to Success” or “Failure is Success in progress” are just a couple of the many suggestions that pop up in the google search tab if you type in the word “failure”. In a society in which success is measured depending on the number of trophies you...

Huan apprenticeship: looking back to move forward

Huan apprenticeship: looking back to move forward

Apprenticeship is generally considered as that “process of developing from novice to proficiency under the guidance of a skilled expert”, that “varies across cultures and among different skilled communities, but for many communities of practice, it offers an ideal...

Japan – a first visit

Japan – a first visit

Me, writing down thoughts on the oldest Zen temple of the island, Tokyo. It is the 30th of December 2017, after over 20 km of walking in the rain. With heavy bags on our backs and wet like two drops of water into the sea, we arrive at the designated place for our...

My Training Philosophy

My Training Philosophy

The aim of my work is forging strong, thoughtful and critical individuals through a movement practice. In my philosophy, discipline, creative arts and rational science create the logical and emotional grid that guides my students’ development. Just training? I believe...

Training programming or autoregulation?

Training programming or autoregulation?

When it comes to training programming, different methods have been employed in the history of Strength Training to generate positive adaptations and elicit improvement in terms of strength outcomes of an athlete 1. What seems to be clear is that certain training...

Motion Workshop, Vienna – July 2017.

Motion Workshop, Vienna – July 2017.

People, Just back from the Motion workshop in Vienna by Ido Portal. Once again, hosted by my good friend Shariq and in the company of my fellow Mirko. The city is clean and surrounded by a dry aura of tranquillity. It did not give me the impression I was in a hurry or...