Date: Friday, July 3

Time: 10AM - 5PM

Open to: Feldenkrais® Practitioners, Trainees, & Public

Moshe Feldenkrais, a young pioneer in Eretz Israel, published the first self-defense book written in Hebrew in 1930. He designed his “Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense” system based on “a movement someone would do without thinking”. This book showcases Moshe’s idiomatic concept of survival and his method of systematic training for self-defense. It presents self-defense techniques, practice principles, practical advice, and Moshe’s caring and sense of responsibility for his friends. The creation of this self-defense method is the first step toward the development of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. In the workshop Moti will highlight the significance of this book using Powerpoint images, and emphasizing the genius of Moshe's approach to the dangerous situations of the pioneers in Tel Aviv. Using a gentle way of learning, we’ll experience a few of Moshe’s favorite techniques, and open the gate to aspects of survival and self-preservation that are embedded in the Feldenkrais Method.

Presenter Bio

Moshe’s Jiu-Jitsu book marked the beginning of the development of Israeli self-defense systems, leading to the popular military Krav-Maga system.  This book opened Moshe’s way to Judo and then to the process of creating the FM.  Read more in my foreword to 'Thinking and Doing' and my article on 'better Judo'.