Membership

Our most comprehensive package of services:

  • UNLIMITED daily ATM Classes
  • A FREE Functional Integration every month
  • up to 50% off workshops
  • 15% off most bookstore products
  • Learn more…
  • Get Blog Updates

    Sign up here to receive updates to our blog in your email.


    RSS Feed

    Blog

    Learning at the Movies

    Entered on June 23, 2008 by Admin

    Posted in, Athletics, The Brain

    The “training montage” in movies—the scenes where the main character acquires some important skill—is hollywood’s shorthand for “and then he learned how to…”  They tend towards macho displays of sweat and willpower, with an inspirational soundtrack as frosting.  (One of the most famous is in Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky”: soaring music, back-breaking workouts, screaming coaches, months of work all compressed into a three-minute music video.) But one of the more elegant and memorable depictions of learning is in “The Karate Kid” (starring Pat Morita as the karate teacher, Mr. Miyagi, and Ralph Maccio as his awkward new pupil, Daniel).  The scene below, where Daniel shows up at his teacher’s house to “learn karate”, manages both to take its time and be completely compelling. It’s worth watching the entire clip.

    The scene opens with Daniel observing Mr. Miyagi as he sits patiently trying to catch a fly with chopsticks, something the teacher has been practicing for many years without success.  Daniel picks up the chopsticks and in a few tries manages to catch the fly (hinting at his untapped potential, and the frustrating nature of a beginner’s luck, where something is achieved without “earning it”.)  Then Mr. Miyagi, having invited Daniel over to his house, ostensibly to “learn karate”, instead has him paint his fence, sand his deck, wash and wax his cars. While far from seeming to be any kind of self-defense training, Mr. Miyagi directs Daniel’s attention, his breathing and the use of his arms and hands in very specific ways.  After a few days of hard labor, Daniel’s frustration and impatience with not learning karate come to a head at the 5:10 mark, and Mr. Miyagi is forced to show Daniel what he has in fact been learning.  In just over 10 minutes, the scene illustrates a counterintuitive kind of teaching and learning.  The teacher removes the goal and creates a situation where Daniel is learning without “knowing” that’s what he’s doing.

    Wouldn’t we all like to have a teacher who knows how to subvert our own worst instincts?

    If you know of other movies that illustrate learning (like this clip or in other interesting ways), please comment.

    Sincerely,
    Andrew Gibbons
    The Feldenkrais Institute

     

    No comments so far.

    Leave a Reply

    Remember my information

    Notify me of follow-up's

    Please enter the word you see in the image below:


    Categories




    Most Popular Posts

    Bringing the Brain Back to Reality (4)

    NEW! The Institute’s Practitioner Blog (3)

    The Effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method: A Systematic Review of the Evidence (0)

    The Feldenkrais Method: Stress-Free Exercise for People with Arthritis (0)

    Welcome to the Feldenkrais Institute (0)

    “Runners Hit Their Stride With Feldenkrais” (0)

    Free Download:  David Zemach-Bersin’s forward to Embodied Wisdom (0)

    The Feldenkrais Method for People with Chronic Pain (0)

    New Feldenkrais Article in Pain Practitioner (0)

    What Skillful Jumping Looks Like (0)



    Please join us for:

    The Feldenrais Gym with Josh
    Tuesday, March 28

    Seeing the Image Through Self and Space
    Wednesday, March 29

    Feldenkrais Biography: A Life in Movement
    Tuesday, April 4

    Seeing Clearly
    Friday Evening – Sun, April 7 – 9



    Featured Products

    The Grammar of Spontaneity, Vol. 2 - CD

    The Grammar of Spontaneity, Vol. 1 - CD

    Relaxercise - CD

    Relaxercise - Book

    Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method - CD

    Focus on the Knees & Ankles - CD

    Awareness Through Movement - Book



    Feldenkrais Classes

    Awareness Through Movement

    We offer over a dozen classes every week with excellent teachers. No prior experience is necessary; your second class is free. If you are new to the Feldenkrais Method or are experiencing physical discomfort, we suggest that you start with our Basics Class. If you are already familiar with the Feldenkrais Method, jump in anywhere; come to any of our ten weekly Open Classes.

    Click HERE for up-to-date details and teacher substitutions (if any) and to register in advance for any class.


    **Community classes are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested fee of $10.00.

    For your first class, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time.

    We recommend loose, comfortable clothing.
    Mats, pads are provided.

    All classes are drop-in. Get your first two classes for the price of one!
    Drop-in for $25
    6 class card for $125
    12 class card for $250

    Members receive FREE unlimited classes and one FREE Functional Integration session every month

    MC/VISA accepted.
    Call (212) 727-1014