The aim of the game is to be able to keep doing what we enjoy for as long as we possibly can and to remain healthy, strong and mobile along the way.
Movement in life is a series of patterns both simple and complex; take walking for example, we continually lose and regain our balance over a course to reach a destination. We reach a level of competency through trial and error and repetition of the movement pattern as it is practiced so frequently.
If we take a common home activity like gardening, this is actually quite complex: lifting, carrying, changing levels, pulling, pushing, rotating, moving in and out of alignment, undulating terrain, slippery surfaces, weather changes. With advancing years, the risk of injury increases due to decreased range of movement, motor skill deterioration and muscle mass atrophy if not maintained.
These factors were all taken into consideration when designing the physical training system:
Influences taken from historical military training protocols and modern day pioneers of movement
Addressing the fundamentals of human movement: balancing, crawling, jumping and vaulting, throwing and catching, lifting and carrying; often linking them in combinations to generate momentum and flow across different terrain
Developing ‘real world’ strength - utilising odd objects, rocks, logs etc
Exposure to the elements - building resilience and longevity with outdoor training
Progressive and systematic; but with a strong flavour of spontaneity and play
Mobility, strength and skills before conditioning
Incorporating play and cooperative practice in pairs and groups and encouraging healthy competitiveness
Encouraging mindfulness during the movements to maintain focus and awareness of the mind/body connection
Tactical life skills (training for real life), teaching and consolidating the skills that form three areas:
Protection - protection of yourself and those you are responsible for: family, friends, bystanders as well as situational awareness, both hard and soft skills
Fieldcraft - the ability to be self-sufficient and learn about what: equipment, clothing, food and water should be carried in different situations. Understand the 4 principles of survival: shelter, warmth, water, food and how they are applied in real time settings
Medical - immediate first aid, casualty evacuation methods and improvising treatment in remote areas
An integral piece of the health and wellbeing puzzle - an immersive and frequent connection with natural surroundings, the ability to Rewild:
Sun exposure at sunrise and sunset - soaking up the powerful, healing rays
Cold immersion - gaining the control, discipline and health benefits associated with exposure to cold water
Socialising around an open fire - there is nothing more primal than spending time with your tribe
The pure connection with nature - moving barefoot where possible and touching the ground often "earthing"
Exploring breathing protocols - promoting breathing efficiency to utilise the valuable oxygen at a cellular level
Mindfulness - in both an active and passive state, learning to remain "present"