The following lines are intended to give an overview of the Jonathan Schmid Training and what it offers, in order to create a deeper understanding of our practice. A philosophy is the basic framework of thinking. The philosophy of Jonathan Schmid Training describes the basic framework of thoughts of all persons involved in this process as well as their values and actions.
Our practice defines three constants in life: The nature, the own being and movement. The philosophy of our work is based on us as a human being, nature and movement and refers to both the human being himself and his environment.
The topic around the term "movement" plays a decisive role in our approach, because movement is life, life is movement. Besides outer and obvious movements, we are also looking for inner movement, because it influences our 'outer' movement and vice versa. Our approach places external and internal movement experiences in a close relationship. Furthermore, the term movement also stands for change, curiosity, development and an ongoing process and activity. Life, is movement, is always in motion. Thus remains, movement in all its forms is an expression of vitality in all human and worldly spheres.
"Movement is life. Life is unthinkable without movement" - Moshé Feldenkrais
The Jonathan Schmid Training (JST) aims to create a connection between people and their environment and offers the possibility of a non-cultural-religious integrative and interdisciplinary life practice. The contents represent a confrontation with life and its questions, accompanied by a practice that allows us to be and explore who we are and how we are, that helps us in our relationships with others and the world, but also in general processes and our existence. The practice deals with the development of human qualities and as such is open to all people of all cultures and faiths. The basis of this development is the cultivation of a personal and process-oriented practice, which is oriented towards complexity and is characterized by its diversity.
The framework in which we explore, practice, reflect, exchange and develop is called practice. This includes both being a student and thus receiving knowledge, and teaching and thus transmitting experience and knowledge, which is an equally important learning experience. It is important to understand that practice is not just a form of sport, but rather a philosophical consideration and teaching of life. It is not about people becoming more athletic and athletic, but about people becoming more human. By doing, experiencing and sharing together, we develop - in whatever direction. No one is taught, but taught to search for his own truth and not only to know, but to know how.
Under the main aspect of a physical practice, a process of change should be created, which can develop a stronger feeling and a better perception of their own body and mind and everything around them. This process implies not only personal responsibility and autonomy, but also freedom of choice and general quality of life as well as the possibility to think and communicate in new creative ways. The internal structure of our practice is formed by the philosophy and three pillars, consisting of the physical, cognitive and nursing practice.
Physical Practice stands for a bidirectional connection in which the body both demonstrates and creates being. The body is among other things the mechanism for perception, action, emotion and relationship. It is also the most direct way to change these things. "Change your mind" is abstract, "stand or move differently" is more concrete and therefore feasible. Physical training is based on the influences of various movement disciplines, forms and arts. Through a well thought-out and purposefully structured framework, the advantages of the different directions, in combination with the two other pillars, are united and in their interaction promote perception, attention, creativity, critical thinking, vitality and health in the broadest sense. This process is influenced by elements, experiences and knowledge from Asian martial arts, contemporary dance, various acrobatic styles, parkour, gymnastics, strength and health training, object manipulation, various ball and team sports, meditation and physiotherapy, among others. Furthermore, movement training deals with the four relations and the eight functions of movement.
Cognitive Practice includes topics such as philosophy, conversation (speaking, presenting, discussing), creative production (designing, planning, building) and various cognitive tasks (logic, perception, concentration, observing, learning to learn, problem solving, etc.)
Nourishment Practice focuses mainly on caring for the environment and our being, body and mind. Topics such as sleep, nutrition, meditation, but also social behaviour and environmental influences are covered. This part is about researching and explaining how these things influence us and that they are the foundation of our well-being. In addition, possibilities should be shown for finding a suitable use, handling and meaningful integration.
In addition to working with ourselves, our practice also considers the interaction with things outside of ourselves. Through this far-reaching perspective, we work to learn about and interact with the natural and animal world and life outside our being. This work is strongly influenced by the ecological philosophy of Permaculture.
The JST does not strive to become better in exercises or specific disciplines, but rather to serve as a practice of self-awareness and development. Such a practice is oriented towards the search for and use of overriding principles and the task of trusting a process and developing potential. Our practice is oriented towards structure and freedom, logic and creativity as well as discipline and fun. The concept is a free and flexible, but structured and didactic-methodical practice, which includes working according to strict guidelines as well as independent and free development. We observe, listen, copy, explore and create. We work diverse and our perspective changes over and over again. We want to think, discuss and critically examine. In the same way, we also want to let things be simple and neither think nor speak.
In summary, this path represents a practice of trust, commitment, openness and curiosity about life.
Our life is a continuous process whose content changes and develops. Development can be understood as the conquest of habitats, which is primarily shaped by experience. First alone, and later together and in exchange, the world and its surroundings are explored by one person. There is much to discover and our senses help us to perceive and distinguish things. When a door opens, a new field opens up immediately, waiting to be explored. A seemingly endless journey, in an absolutely positive sense. In addition to our senses, moving offers the opportunity to gain experience. Experience is important because it makes us more sensitive. The sensitivity gained will in turn help to gain deeper experiences in the future.
The connection between man and his environment is also intended to evoke qualities that are neglected in today's society and in the way nature treats us. Instead of simplicity, complexity should be created, generalisation should be preferred to specialisation, and short-term, superficial results and profits should give way to a sustainable and deep foundation of knowledge, experience and skills.
This includes cultivating a practice that gives orientation to one's life and whose process enriches life. The practice should help to observe, reflect and shape experiences. At a time when physical, mental and social activity is being transformed more and more by the medialization, mechanization and automation of work and life activities, I experience such an offer as very valuable - both for the individual and for our society as a whole.
If you are interested in our philosophy, our training and our support, there are several opportunities to get to know our practice and to be a part of it.
At this time, Hamburg residents or people from the surrounding area have the option of taking part in a group training course, which takes place three times a week in different parts of Hamburg.
Another, more flexible, option is the membership in the Online Support (OS), which opens up a wide range of offers and is aimed at all those who want to learn regardless of location.
Workshops on various topics of physical practice as well as personal training (one-to-one classes) complete the offer in Hamburg.
You can find more about our offers under the menu item of the same name.
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Often the first person plural is found in the texts here, as all people who support this work are included: The internal team, our teachers, students and all helping hands that make this philosophy come alive.
I avoid presenting or precisely defining what I do. To unravel this potentially endless and for me meaningless process of segregation, I have chosen the term "training" for my work. Training describes what can be described and gives room for any kind of exercise and growth - not only physical but also human.