Al: Tell me a bit about your background, in particular your Martial Arts training.
Al: In relation to your “Exuberant Animal” philosophy, how do you perceive the martial arts should be approached/trained?
Al: You’ve spent time with some hunter/gatherer tribes – did you see any martial traditions there?
Al: I’ve just read your book “Exuberant Animal” and what I loved about it was the warning that we risk losing what makes us human – our interactions with each other, the environment, our own bodies, but also that you offer thoughts and solutions on a way back.
Frank: We're at a really interesting and exciting time in the history of the body. Our physical relationship with the modern world just isn't working and it's time for trainers, coaches and physical educators to step up and lead the way to a new physical culture. We have to do more than just be good athletes who study high performance. We need to be speaking out and changing the culture, the schools and the workplace. In addition to training individuals and classes, we need to be writing and speaking, taking our insights to a wider audience. The forces of physical apathy are immensely powerful and well-funded. We need to offer a compelling counter-argument to the status quo.
Al: I’ve got five year old twins and I love to watch how they play, move, even play-fight (parentally controlled of course!). It’s so fluid and natural! I mourn the loss of that. What can I do to ensure my kids retain at least some of that and try to recover some of it for myself, even in the face of the onslaught of the “Human Zoo”?
Al: I’ve noticed a trend recently for lots of “back to basics” exercise regimes – Kettle bells, hitting things with sledgehammers, clubs, but they all still seem to me to have the gloss of a “brand” – a trend. What are your thoughts on this?
Al: I feel that you and people like Erwan Le Corre have a lot to offer to society at large at a time when the human race seems hell-bent on doing everything that is counter-intuitive to the species, but it feels like a “quiet revolution”. Is this how you see it?
Al: What are your plans for Exuberant Animal?
Frank: 2010 will be a big year for us as we refine our identity as a "Health leadership organization." We have some extremely talented people on our team. They have diverse physical training backgrounds, but all are inspirational health leaders in their own right. We will soon have a certification process in place and a lot of events coming up. And of course, I'll be speaking up and speaking out whenever I get the chance. My new book "Change Your Body, Change the World" is due out later this year.
Al: Frank, thanks for taking the time to chat. I hope to catch you at a UK seminar sometime and wish you all the best for 2010!