This was the second Movnat workshop I have attended – my last one being in Mexico. I had always wanted to visit Thailand and thought it a good opportunity to fulfil that ambition, while at the same time have a refresher on Movnat training, as well as increasing & improving my existing knowledge on Movnat.
As expected it was a great experience. Koh Lanta is the perfect location for fitness training – gorgeous sandy beaches, warm crystal clear blue sea and tropical jungle. The course accommodation was by the beach, with training held on the beach and at nearby areas.
The course covered Movnat’s ’12 Natural Movement Capacities’: walking, running, jumping, balancing, walking on all fours, climbing, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, swimming and defending oneself.
Everything taught was scaled to suit me. The skills training was tough – always challenging, but Vic was able to set the bar at a level that was within my reach. Also included each day were presentations by Vic on a range of topics from Movnat philosophy, diet, lifestyle and combo programming, etc – all of which were useful in deepening and enhancing my health & fitness knowledge.
As numerous testimonials have stated Vic Verdier is a fantastic coach. His skills and knowledge are impressive, but it is his ability to transfer that knowledge that sets him apart. With Vic’s varied background – from his years in the French Commando Marines, to being an expert diving instructor and his time as a Muay Thai coach, have given him a wealth of experience. I was able to pick his brain on numerous fitness subjects and he was always able to provide explanations and examples which have helped me increase my understanding of Movnat.
The Frenchman is a really friendly guy – he speaks excellent English and tells lots of interesting stories, many of which aides in understanding what he teaches. He is patient, creates training that while tough is fun. He scaled the training to suit me – so that while at the end of a day’s training I was exhausted, I was still able to do the training the next day.
One of the most memorable parts of the weeks training was self defence. This was one area of Movnat training that I was not that interested in prior to meeting Vic. However, thanks to Vic he made it one of the most beneficial parts of the weeks training. With Vic having many years experience as a Muay Thai coach in Bangkok, as well as 10 Muay Thai fights under his belt, he was able to pass on real world examples in the training. Self defence that really works, not what’s shown in the movies. It was time well spent. Skills that hopefully I’ll never have to put into practice, but if I do then hopefully thanks to Vic I’ll be better prepared.
Even though I’ve previously attended a Movnat workshop before, there is always room for improvement. Vic showed me some of my weaknesses and gave me ways on improving them. Vic carried out a thorough analysis of my range of movement at the start of the workshop – which revealed problems with my shoulder. This has helped me understand why I have had problems in the past with some fitness training. As a result, Vic provided some solutions that I can implement over time to reduce/eliminate these mobility restrictions.
The Movnat Thailand workshop was an amazing experience. I learned so much and improved numerous skills – in particular my running technique and swimming. I have always been a confident swimmer and thought my stroke techniques were good, but Vic’s “before” video analysis revealed I swam like a drowning man :-) I’m pleased to say after Vic’s training my technique has improved dramatically…..
My coaching from Vic in Thailand was a lot of fun. The highlight was the last days training where we went on a Movnat ‘application course’ – a pre-defined route through the jungle, which included climbing over, along & under fallen trees, climbing vines up a waterfall, jumping from rock to rock while following a stream, visiting a pitch black cave…… climbing, walking, running, on all fours, sprinting, crawling, lifting, etc – putting into practice lots of the skills I was coached on during the week. Koh Lanta is a wonderful place to learn Movnat. I recommend you attend a Movnat Thailand workshop if you can.
Now I’m back home I need to put Vic’s Movnat training into practice. Thanks to his detailed coaching, including how to incorporate combo training I am confident I will be able to do this, while at the same time work on my mobility issues e.g. shoulder restrictions, etc. The time & money I have invested in the Movnat workshop will benefit me for a lifetime – and it can do the same for you too. What’s stopping you??