The Movemind Model : an optimal educational paradigm


This post is an overview of the Movemind approach to building an optimal educational paradigm. If you haven’t read this article yet, which goes into more depth about how to structure an optimal educational paradigm in the face of an unknown future, start with that first.

Let’s take a look at what we at Movemind fill the bucket of physical education with.


Yoga – specifically Asana; a physical preparation system designed originally to prepare the body for long bouts of sitting.

BJJ – Brazilian JiuJitsu, a martial art without strikes, hailing from Brazil as a hybrid of Judo and traditional Japanese JiuJitsu.

K-1 – An abreviation for Kickboxing/Muay Thai stolen from the fighting promotion with the same name. Standup striking arts that utilise punches, kicks, knees, elbows and clinchwork, hailing mostly from Thailand and Holland.

S&C – Strength and Conditioning, a body of knowledge based around scientific research that is designed to improve specific attributes of the human body to improve sporting performance.

Time is a precious resource. If you going to spend it learning movements, restoring the body and reading/learning from collections of knowledge, you want to make sure you’re not wasting time on the abundance of total rubbish that’s out there.

Here’s what MoveMind has chosen to fill the physical education bucket with.


My restorative needs, yours and the world at large, can all benefit from Asana – the physical element of the Yoga system that was designed to prepare the body for long periods of sitting.
Asana is arguably the most complete, easy to follow, restorative system available.
It’s effects on the human body are now being tested and backed up by scientific research. It has stood the test of time over millenia and continues to postively effect and restore bodies the world over. These are just a few reasons why we have included Asana in the physical education bucket as the restorative method of choice.

Click here to read more on how and why we use Asana for restorative purposes.

BJJ + K-1

My martial needs, yours and the world at large, can all benefit from Brazilian JiuJitsu and the striking arts that comprise of K-1; Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Boxing. BJJ takes care of most things that happens on the floor, K-1 takes care of most things that happens on the feet.
These are two combat systems and martial arts that are vital components in the world of mixed martial arts – arguably the testing ground for martial effectiveness. These arts are still evolving, despite having fairly ancient roots. The mechanical principles found in each of the systems are applicable for anyone of any build, age, gender or race. They contain useful information on how to defend yourself effectively and thanks to their constant, rigorous testing in the world of combat sports, they are largely free from bullshit.

Click here to read in more detail about BJJ + K-1 and why if you’re going to learn any martial systems, you should start with these.


My pedagogical needs, yours and the world at large, can all benefit from the collection of useful information that is Strength and Conditioning. Used in the majority of competitive sports, S&C contains the knowledge you need to become stronger and fitter, in order that you may become more resilient, being able to practice your chosen sport for longer. S&C is backed by science and real-world results and is a vital piece of the pedagogical puzzle for physical health. Training the physical body has been on record since ancient Greece, a useful discipline that is not disappearing anytime soon.

Click here to read more about how we use Strength and Conditioning to assist with martial needs and all round corporal utility.

To learn more about Dr Thomas’ work, be sure to read RAMA : Paradigm 21 and watch his 4-part lecture on YouTube.

Study the things you suck at

This has the potential to be a discourse in itself but the idea is simple; learn how to learn, then use that process to study the things you suck at. A degree of honesty and objectivity is needed when defining exactly what things you suck at.

Subjects and topics/ideas you enjoy are a good place to start, especially if the idea of studying brings back traumatic episodes of your schooling career. Let’s be honest, the classroom is but one way to learn and does not suit everyone. Learning in this fashion is not a complete method but nor is it useless.

If you are already aware what your favourite way to study is, apply it to learn how to be better at something that you currently suck at. Or, apply that studing method to a subject you currently like, just to get a bit of momentum. Then transfer that effort over to a subject you deem important but currently you’re less adept at, or your understanding could be better. And if you don’t know where to start, listening and critical thinking are two areas we could all be better at.

Closing thoughts

This MoveMind approach to physical education is not the one and only way. There are many. What the above represents is a simple template; a basic meta-approach to living that splits life into learning and moving. It acts as a guide but not the gospel. These ideas have room to evolve and change but have also come around and stayed thanks to evolution and pragmatism.
We encourage you to close this screen and go and draw out your version of the MoveMind model; fill in the bucket of physical education with your own modalities and disciplines, and think about what it is you really suck at, then go and study it.

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