UMA's founder & director, Vince Johnson, acting out in the street.
A note from Vince:
Lineage and intention are crucial concepts for me as a movement practitioner. I’ve been active in movement culture for almost my entire life, starting with the martial arts when I was 5. Since then, I’ve accumulated other practices. I’ve never stopped and in my most dedicated practices, martial arts tricking and hip hop dance, I’ve seen low points and success. I’ve been a scrub and I’ve also stood neck and neck with some of the best in the world. I say this to emphasize that I’ve encountered many training institutions and instructors throughout my career, the best and the worst.
Whenever I step into a place that has the purpose of teaching me how to move my body, the first thing that always comes to mind for me is what gives this person the nerve to tell me how to use my body. I hope the same skepticism comes to mind for you. You should what to know your teacher/coach’s level, successes, failures, time spent in the game and overall intention and philosophy in teaching. You should want to know these things for all of the obvious reasons, because you want to thrive.
I am quite sensitive to the difficulty of realizing physical change, learning new movements and skills. Often times it’s about an ongoing commitment to trial and error—lots and lots of error. Your training house should be composed of leaders that are dedicated to building you up. When they do not have the tools immediately before them, they must humbly and urgently go in search of the information needed to offer you support, or otherwise admit that said action is beyond their capability.
See you in class,