Workshop: Esprit Concrete Method
We will be sharing a small portion of our vision, a method of training and teaching style to aim to facilitate self-reflection of one’s practice, perhaps form new perceptions of ones practice in the hope of nurturing one’s relationship to their practice and its role within their lives.
The workshop will be a mixture of discussion, reflection, movement drills, 1:1 feedback and probing as well as a unique forum to explore more personal queries and quests should they arise or should you arrive with them to toe!
It will be new for many of you, it may feel strange for some but it will be warm, welcoming and what we hope is a memorable experience in more ways than one.
Esprit Concrete is excited to be invited to spend 6 whole hours getting to know two groups of people intimately during this incredible weekend! We welcome all abilities as we work in a very person-centred way and use progressions both technically as well as conversationally when feedbacking – so if you have never tried Art du Deplacement, Freerunning or Parkour before, please come!
We are eagerly awaiting to meet you all and are thrilled to be able to embrace yet another incredible learning experience for us and our iterative methodology.
IMPORTANT: Workshop will be held in ENGLISH, if you want to participate fully, you should be able to communicate and understand English at least conversationally.
Coaches: Kasturi Torchia & Yao
Kasturi is an awarded psychotherapist in the final state of her Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Director at Esprit Concrete. Specialising in lack of progression within parkour, she has spent the last four years working within the community growing a psychotherapeutic approach to teaching our discipline via Esprit Concrete. Working as Parkour UK’s Mental Health Lead, she strive to integrate mental health awareness and working process into our governance and provision of our sport/art form. With experience in service evaluation, research and practice she is passionately working to further develop Parkour UK’s Mental Health Hub.
In 2014, she attended her first parkour class and instantly fell in love with the practice. The sense of freedom and the emotional satisfaction it brought her encouraged her to explore the practice on a deeper level and she rapidly began to draw parallels between counselling psychology and the underlying philosophy/ideology of parkour. Through her friendly, caring and hardworking nature and keenness to learn she forged parkour friendships all over the world and began to travel and experience parkour all across Europe. Striving to better understand its origins and potential value to people, she took a year out to train with Street Movement at Gerlev Idraetshojskole and ADD Academy Paris, which ultimately gave her the courage to fully commit to fulfilling her vision of entwining counselling psychology and parkour in practice.
She works integratively as a therapist, in a person-centred manner informing her approach with cognitive behaviour therapy primarily, combined with aspects of psychodynamic theory and humanistic approaches. In coaching parkour, she integrates her understanding of parkour with that of psychological theory which constitute the basis for the Esprit Concrete Method.
Yao, originally from France has always had a passion for sport and physical expression through movement. After ten years of Taekwondo, he discovered the Yamakasi movie and set out to try to face his fears just as he perceived them to be doing.
He is a fully qualified ADD and Parkour coach with more than ten years of coaching experience. He has dedicated himself to teaching all age groups within the UK as well as internationally, has ran workshops and seminars, youth camps and short courses in the UK and abroad and is globally known for his love of people and his infectious energy. Over the years, he developed an invaluable network of friends around the world who have helped him to keep striving and refining his movement and spirit.
He has on several occasions been involved with media performances, photoshoots and choreography of parkour performances, however his primary focus is engaging more closely with community. He has also studied various components of Physiotherapy, ensuring he has a sound understanding of body mechanics and functioning, allowing him to confidently advise clients on their needs in line with their own personal goals. This enables them to train in a safe and informed manner and to closely self-regulate and self-maintain a well-functioning body and mind, crucial to sustainable life span training.